What are Faux Wood Shutters?

Steve Hill

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Really, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you may not have any idea what you’re working with. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Detroit, what is it that you’re actually buying for your house?

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Sunburst Shutters Detroit will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is usually presented as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block sound or heat loss, and will usually fade and lose their color after prolonged sun exposure.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are made from, making them weaker, prone to chipping or breaking, and less energy efficient.

Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from a window treatment that doesn’t help make your space more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

living room Detroit faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter

There are 3 qualities you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter:

  • Sturdy, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material on a wood chip base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are built from our patented Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make most shutters break down.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in Detroit bedroom.

And unlike most faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some manufacturers may try to market their product as a similar “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Detroit’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, send a line to Sunburst Detroit today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 248-429-9294.