Whats in a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Eric Ramsey “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Aside from that, you may not know what you’re dealing with. So if you’re looking for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Destin, what are you actually buying for your house? Sunburst Shutters Destin is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you need to know. Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To Rubbish Faux wood is almost always presented as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of composite materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or heat loss, and will almost always fade and yellow after prolonged exposure to UV rays. What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and poor insulators. Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help make your house more cozy or your utility bills lower? Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal. What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter There are 3 things you should be on the look for in a good faux wood shutter: Sturdy, moisture-proof material No glued material on a wood pulp base An extended or lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that other shutters can’t. In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy. And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty. Some manufacturers may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Destin’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you want to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Destin today. Schedule a design consultation using the form below or call us at 850-203-0419.