There are a lot of faux wood shutters out there, but is there a difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that start to break in just a short amount of time?
Just pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
All new window treatments appear attractive when first installed. But over time, shutters that are made with lower-quality materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers may sag, crack, splinter, or discolor. Inferior shutters definitely won’t hold up in high-traffic rooms or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or moisture.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is created from extruded compounds that is made so it won’t warp, discolor or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-moisture or varying-temperature rooms. If you want to see if a faux wood plantation shutter makes the grade or not, just inspect the warranty. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their shutters because they only use the most durable materials.
Good faux wood wipes down easily
Everyday maintenance is similar for all types of faux wood plantation shutters. However, in-depth cleaning has tougher problems. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some of the water when cleaned with a damp rag. Other faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are almost impossible to keep clean.
Manufacturers that sell quality window treatments understand that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters appear like they were just hung. High-caliber faux wood should be completely water resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it will wipe off with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
As you shut your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a definite change in air flow and heat loss. The non-hollow louvers and impenetrable materials will help block outside sun that heats up a room and drafts that can cool down the space. Top graded faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will even go further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Plantation shutters crafted with a low quality composite doesn’t offer similar energy efficiency benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, low quality shutters can start to bow and permanently separate the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Contact your Denver representative and pick the window treatment for you
Choosing a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, our Sunburst representatives will bring you all our faux wood shutters, so you can select the perfect window treatment for your windows. To set up a free in-home consultation, call 720-538-0182 today.