There are plenty faux wood window treatments available, but what’s the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that start to wear out in just a short amount of time?
You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and details such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Quality faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of window treatments seem pretty when first put up. But shutters that are made with inferior materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to bow, chip, splinter, or yellow. This is especially apparent in heavily used rooms or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or dampness.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that won’t warp, discolor or break. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-moisture or varying-temperature rooms. And while it may be hard to tell if a faux wood is durable at first, you should always inspect the warranty. Businesses that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their window treatments because they only use the highest quality of materials.
Good faux wood is easy to clean
Everyday maintenance is pretty much similar for most faux wood window treatments. But detailed cleaning has different problems. Vinyl and comparable materials will take in some of the water when scrubbed with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are almost impossible to keep clean.
Companies that produce quality window treatments know that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear just as nice as they did on day one. Quality faux wood is also completely water resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it can come clean with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
Quality faux wood is energy efficient
When you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a remarkable change in air flow and heat transfer. The non-hollow louvers and dense composites will help block outside sun that increases the temperature and drafts that can make a room chilly. The top faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will even go further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Plantation shutters made with a low quality composite doesn’t offer similar energy benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. Over time, substandard shutters can begin to warp and permanently separate the louvers. To see if you bought a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Contact your Sacramento shutters rep and choose a quality faux wood treatment
Finding a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task. However, our Sunburst representatives can bring you all our faux wood shutters, so you can pick the perfect window treatment for your rooms. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 916-250-0758 today.