There are a lot of faux wood shutters out there, but how do you tell the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for years and faux wood shutters that will wear out in within a few years?
The trick is to examine the faux wood shutter’s construction and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of window treatments seem attractive when first installed. But shutters that are made with inferior materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers can start to sag, snap, splinter, or yellow. Cheap faux wood shutters definitely won’t hold up in heavily used spaces or in climates that have variable heat, cold, or moisture.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from extruded compounds that is made so it won’t disfigure, discolor or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-humidity or varying-temperature rooms. If you want to know if a faux wood plantation shutter makes the grade or not, just check the warranty. Companies that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the best materials.
Quality faux wood wipes down easily
Everyday maintenance is pretty much the same process for every faux wood window treatments. But in-depth cleaning has different issues. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some moisture when cleaned with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and dirt so that they are harder to keep clean.
Manufacturers that make quality shutters know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear as if they were installed yesterday. Quality faux wood is also completely moisture resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it will come clean with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
When you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a quantifiable difference in air flow and heat loss. The solid louvers and impenetrable composites will help block UV rays that makes the room toasty and air transfer that can make a room chilly. The top faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters crafted with a subpar composite won’t offer similar energy efficiency benefits. Those using cheap materials or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. As time goes on, substandard shutters can begin to sag and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you are using a cheaper faux wood is by its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Call a Destin representative and get a great faux wood plantation shutter
Picking a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. However, our Sunburst representatives can show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can choose the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To set up a complimentary in-home consultation, call 850-203-0419 today.