Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Detroit

Steve Hill

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Detroit, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood shutters will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will start to wear down in just a few years.

It might be tough to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Detroit.  But as you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easier to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list details the different types of faux wood shutters in Detroit and rates them from the worst to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl present themselves as faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer is hard to match to a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products on the market, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl shutters melt or discolor due to the sun’s rays. Since these covering warp, yellow, and have poor insular characteristic, vinyl shutters do not give much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Detroit
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will often warp, crack or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These window treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments are heavier and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the outer layer can be extremely porous, leaving the window treatment sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or splintered louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splits easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than most of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material permeate throughout the shutter, they form more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that they are more durable and will perform much more like real wood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-crafted to fit any window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic formula.  Some formulas create a frail treatment, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the mixture doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies need to paint their shutters, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable product that works like a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Detroit

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will always stay looking nice for life.  They are even a snap to clean -- you only need a duster for normal work, and a wet cloth for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these perks accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient plantation shutter around; looks great in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Detroit Today To Get Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, it's easy to determine that Polywood is the best option. Our Sunburst Shutters Detroit representatives will show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any room in the house. To book a free in-home consultation, call 248-429-9294 or send in the form below today!