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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Seattle

January 14, 2020

Custom-crafted faux wood window treatments may look like an excellent choice, but it can be tough to make a decision without looking at all aspects of the issue. What are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Seattle?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Beautifully In Multiple Design Schemes

Traditional sunroom with interior shutters in Seattle.

Plantation shutters feature louvers that can be adjusted with a tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for years to control sunlight and ventilation. They have been used in almost every design trend, from modern to traditional designs. Their practical functionality, streamlined look, and neutral appearance help you transform your house from a dated style to one that is more current.

The ability of plantation shutters to conform to any design scheme is particularly useful when they’re constructed from faux wood. Unlike aluminum blinds that will become discolored and cracked with age, our Polywood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your house and change out all your other design elements, you won’t have to worry about the extra expense of window treatments.

When evaluating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Seattle, you should definitely add flexibility to the “pro” column.

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Slightly More Expensive Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood plantation shutters to blinds and shades — particularly those from chain home improvement stores — you’ll likely notice that plantation shutters cost a little bit more. At the outset, you might be inclined to view that as an immediate con.

But you should know that quality plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, are more expensive because they offer more value. Our durable faux wood shutters will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to be moisture-, pest-, and fire-resistant, and will never be warped or discolored. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t get on cheaper window treatments.

Included in the cost of faux wood plantation shutters, you also purchase a layer of energy efficiency that is unique to them. Just close the shutter louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally happens with your glass windows. This keeps your rooms feeling more comfortable and helps your thermostat keep up with the weather. Our Polywood shutters even offer an added layer of weather stripping, so you can be sure to get the highest degree of energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Comfortable living room with our Polywood shutters in Seattle.

Our faux wood Polywood shutters have a reputation as one of the most durable shutters on the market for excellent reason. Our shutters are guaranteed to never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and we back that up with a lifetime warranty. We ensure your faux wood plantation shutters will be as beautiful and efficient as they were when first installed on your windows.

Compare that to blinds or shades, and you’ll discover a new understanding of the workmanship of premium faux wood plantation shutters. blinds or shades will start to lose slats or become impossible to clean over the years. But Polywood shutters will always look wonderful until you decide to take them down.

Con: It Can Take 3-6 Weeks To Make Your Shutters  
Interior shutters in Seattle bedroom.

One of the benefits of purchasing a set of DIY shades from a big-box store is that you can install it immediately after you buy it. However, faux wood shutters are usually custom-fitted and can be several weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time they are installed. That wait may not work if you’re attempting to just cover a window before your mother-in-law’s visit this weekend.

But having your shutters custom-made is worth the wait. Even if your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY treatment won’t line up properly, and slight imperfections may stand out. But,a custom-made plantation shutter will be crafted to the exact dimensions and will fit right up against the window frame, meaning you won’t lose anything in style, functionality or energy efficiency. Also, the custom-crafted route is the only way to go for your specialty windows.

Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One of the benefits of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and mitigate the problems with heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your energy bills down and sets plantation shutters apart from blinds and shades. Faux wood plantation shutters are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

The pinnacle of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers close tightly to block heat loss. As a result, our Polywood shutters are 70% more efficient than even hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 

Sunburst Is Your Preferred Source For Quality Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you’ve evaluated the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, the next step is to reach out to Sunburst Shutters Washington. We’ll bring samples of our popular Polywood plantation shutters, and you can see how they will improve your windows for years to come. Give us a call at 360-464-2277 to set up your in-home consultation with us.