Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Detroit05/06/2019Steve Hill There are a lot of faux wood shutters available, but what’s the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for decades and faux wood shutters that seem to wear out in just a short amount of time? The trick is to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp Any type of faux wood plantation shutters look great when first installed. But over time, shutters that are made with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will sag, snap, splinter, or yellow. Cheap faux wood shutters definitely don’t hold up in high-traffic rooms or in climates that have extreme heat, cold, or humidity. Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that won’t disfigure, fade or break. Its rigid design allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or varying-temperature rooms. And while it’s difficult to tell if a faux wood is high-quality on the surface, you can always inspect the warranty. Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their window treatments because they only use the most durable materials. Quality faux wood wipes down easily Everyday maintenance is the same for most faux wood shutters. However, detailed cleaning comes with different issues. Vinyl and other substandard materials will take in some of the water when wiped down with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dirt and stains so that they are more difficult to keep clean. Manufacturers that produce quality plantation shutters know that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood has a coating that is simple to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters seem just as clean as they did on day one. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a little water or spray cleaner. High quality faux wood is energy efficient As you close your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a quantifiable change in air flow and heat transfer. The non-hollow louvers and impenetrable materials will help block UV rays that heats up a room and heat loss that can cool down the space. The top faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will even go further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Plantation shutters crafted with an inferior material doesn’t demonstrate similar energy efficiency benefits. Those using second-rate materials or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, low quality shutters can begin to sag and make gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a cheaper faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays. Contact your Detroit Sunburst rep and get a quality faux wood treatment Picking a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like a struggle. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives will bring you all our faux wood options, so you can choose the right plantation shutter for your rooms. To schedule a no-cost in-home consultation, call 248-429-9294 today.