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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Clearwater, what are you really using in your home?

Clearwater faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Clearwater can help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. Here’s what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is typically presented as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is actually just composite wood, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or energy loss, and will most likely fade and discolor after prolonged exposure to UV rays.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and poor insulators.

So while you may think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help make your space more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

family room Clearwater faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are typically 3 things you should be on the look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Durable, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are made from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that most shutters can’t.

In addition, Polywood is totally solid, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your space nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in Clearwater bedroom.

And unlike many faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shops may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” material, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Clearwater’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, send a line to Sunburst Clearwater today. Set up a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 813-580-7288.