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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from furniture to flooring to window coverings. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles 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 type of faux wood window treatment in Seattle, what are you really buying for your home?

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Sunburst Shutters Washington will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is usually advertised 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. Most faux wood on the market is actually just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or heat loss, and will almost always fade and lose their color after repeated sun exposure.

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

Though you may think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help keep your home more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Solid, waterproof material

  • No glued material around a wood chip base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are built from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to weather the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make other shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is totally solid, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your house nice and cozy.

Interior shutters in Seattle bedroom.

And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some salespeople may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Seattle’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, get in touch with Sunburst Seattle today. Get a no-strings-attached consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 360-464-2277.