Whats in a Faux Wood Shutter?

Eric 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?

Destin faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Destin is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. Here’s 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. The vast majority of faux wood 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, some 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 energy bills lower?

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

family room Destin faux wood shutters 

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 designed to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood pulp 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, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy.

Destin guest room faux wood shutters

And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive 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 graduate 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.