Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Sacramento

Curtis Orton

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Sacramento, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last forever without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to degrade in just a few year’s time.

It can be difficult to figure out what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But as you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be easy to see which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list details the different types of faux wood shutters in Sacramento and rates them from the least ideal to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are disguised as a faux wood covering.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and shiny coating is tough to integrate into a your decor, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  They may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but they also are the flimsiest of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl is also affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or yellow due to the sun’s rays. Since these treatments warp, fade, and have poor insular characteristic, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Sacramento
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; can quickly warp, splinter or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These window treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters are heavier and can appear much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their less durable alternatives.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed grain under the wrapping can be extremely absorsive, leaving the treatment to be exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or splintered louver or learn that the synthetic wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than most of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the shutter, they form thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that they are more durable and will function much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-crafted to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic formula.  Some formulas create a fragile product, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the mixture doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow over time. Some manufacturers need to paint their products, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial product that is most comparable to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

The Most Popular Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Sacramento

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will keep looking great for year after year.  They are even a snap to clean -- just a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also offer a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window covering on the market; looks great in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Sacramento Today To Get Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

When looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your only choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Sacramento experts will show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will work in any room in your house. To get a complimentary in-home consultation, call 916-250-0758 or complete the form below today!