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Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Substandard Faux Wood Shutters in Seattle

May 06, 2019

There are plenty faux wood plantation shutters available, but what’s the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that seem to break in within a few years?

You need to examine the faux wood shutter’s structure and details such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters in Seattle 

Good faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp

All new window treatments seem attractive when first installed.  But shutters that are made with shoddy materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers will bow, snap, splinter, or yellow.  You definitely don’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in your everyday rooms or in spaces that have extreme heat, cold, or humidity.  

Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from extruded compounds that is made so it won’t bend, yellow or degrade.  Its rigid design allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-moisture or extreme temperature areas.  Looking at the warranty should be the easiest way to check the durability of a faux wood shutter.  Sellers that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their window treatments because they only use the highest quality of materials.

Polywood Shutters in Family Room in Seattle 

Good faux wood wipes down easily

Easy dusting is the same for most faux wood plantation shutters.  However, in-depth cleaning will pose different troubles. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some of the water when wiped down with a damp rag.  Other faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dust and grime so that they are almost impossible to keep clean.

Manufacturers that sell quality shutters make sure that faux wood should be easy to clean.  For example, Polywood uses a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters look always clean.  Good faux wood is also completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a damp rag or multi-purpose dusting spray.

Quality faux wood is energy efficient

As you lower your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a remarkable difference in air flow and heat transfer.  The thick louvers and compressed composites will help stop outside sun that heats up a room and air transfer that can make a room chilly.  The top faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will even go further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.

Window treatments crafted with a low quality material will not offer similar energy efficiency benefits.  Shutters with shoddy composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, inferior shutters can start to warp and make gaps between the louvers.  The key to seeing if you bought a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.

Polywood Shutters in Seattle Bathroom 

Contact your Seattle shutters rep and pick the window treatment for you

Choosing a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like a struggle.  However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the right plantation shutter for your rooms.  To book a no-cost in-home consultation, call 360-464-2277 today.