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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with regards to interior design, from furniture to floors to window treatments. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you may not know what you have. So if you’re on the hunt for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Sacramento, what is it that you’re actually using in your windows?

Sacramento faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Sacramento will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Rubbish

Faux wood is typically presented as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is actually just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of engineered materials aren’t durable, aren’t able to block noise or heat, and will almost always fade and lose their color after repeated exposure to UV rays.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, prone to defects, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

Though you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you really 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 home more cozy or your energy bills lower?

Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Resilient, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and adhesive, Polywood shutters are made from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, created to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters break down.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in Sacramento bedroom.

And unlike the majority of faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

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

Get Sacramento’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, send a line to Sunburst Sacramento today. Set up a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 916-665-0078.