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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Detroit

March 02, 2020

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Detroit, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood window treatments will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood treatments will start to wear down in just a few years.

It may be tough to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Detroit.  But once you know 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 kinds of faux wood shutters in Detroit and rates them from the worst to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are disguised as a faux wood treatment.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is hard to integrate into a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but they also can be the least durable of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or yellow due to the sun’s rays. Because of their tendency of warping or splintering and their poor insular characteristics, 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; frail 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 traditional wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered 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 aren’t 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 any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material permeate throughout the product, 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 shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic formula.  Some formulas create a frail treatment, which can be broken during installation. If the faux wood composite 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 invite 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.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Detroit

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

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also include a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient plantation shutter around; looks wonderful in any decor.

  • 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 benefits and drawbacks of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, you can plainly see that Polywood is the best. Our Sunburst Shutters Detroit representatives will show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any room in your home. To schedule a no cost in-home consultation, call 248-429-9294 or send in the form below today!

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