There are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market, but what’s the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that might need to be removed within a short amount of time?
The trick is to examine the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Quality faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
All new window treatments look pretty when first hung. However, shutters that are crafted with lower-quality materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will sag, crack, splinter, or fade. Inferior shutters definitely can’t hold up in your everyday rooms or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or moisture.
Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that don’t warp, discolor or fall apart. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or varying-temperature rooms. And while it’s difficult to tell if a faux wood is high-quality on first glance, you can always look at the warranty. Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their products because they only use the best materials.
Quality faux wood wipes down easily
Easy dusting is pretty much the same for most faux wood shutters. But deep cleaning will pose different issues. Vinyl and comparable materials will soak up some of the water when cleaned with a wet rag. Other faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and dirt so that they are harder to clean.
Manufacturers that produce quality window treatments make sure that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a coating that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters seem just as new as they did when they were installed. Good faux wood is completely moisture resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a little water or spray cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
When you shut your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a definite difference in air flow and heat transfer. The non-hollow louvers and dense materials will help block sunlight that increases the temperature and heat loss that can cool down the space. The best faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Window treatments crafted with an inferior composite will not give you similar energy benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. As time goes on, substandard shutters can start to sag and permanently separate the louvers. To see if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.
Call a Clearwater representative and get the window treatment for you
Picking a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can select the perfect window treatment for your space. To set up a complimentary in-home consultation, call 813-580-7288 today.