There are a lot of faux wood plantation shutters available, but what’s the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that will need to be replaced within a short amount of time?
You need to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s construction and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most faux wood shutters seem great when first installed. However, shutters that are composed of shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers can start to sag, snap, splinter, or yellow. This is definitely true in heavily used rooms or in climates that have extreme heat, cold, or humidity.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that won’t disfigure, fade or break. Its rigid design allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-moisture or varying-temperature spaces. If you want to see if a faux wood plantation shutter is high quality or not, just 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
Dusting is similar for most faux wood window treatments. However, detailed cleaning has different issues. Vinyl and comparable 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 sell quality plantation shutters understand 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 as if they were just hung. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a little water or liquid cleaner.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
As you shut 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 outside sun that heats up a room and heat loss that can make a room chilly. 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-saving benefits. Those using second-rate materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. After a few years, low quality shutters can begin to sag and make gaps between the louvers. The way to find out if you bought 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 high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like a struggle. However, our Sunburst representatives will bring you all our faux wood options, so you can pick the right plantation shutter for your rooms. To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 248-429-9294 today.