Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Dallas

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While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Dallas, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood coverings will last virtually forever without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood treatments will begin to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It might be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Dallas.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be much easier to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Dallas and rates them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl present themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer is hard to integrate into a your decor, unlike quality faux wood or basswood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but they also may be the most insubstantial of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to sunlight exposure. Since these treatments warp, fade, and have poor insular traits, vinyl shutters don’t grant much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Dallas
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will often warp, splinter or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These coverings are made of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments are heavier and can look much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the outer layer can be extremely absorsive, leaving the treatment to be sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to find a warped or cracked louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials are more durable than any of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the product, they have durable, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also discover that these treatments are more durable and will perform much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit any window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as well-made as its faux wood recipe.  Some mixtures create a brittle product, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies paint their products, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Dallas

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its proprietary formula is like real wood, but with a density that withstands moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will still look great for decades to come.  They are even a snap to clean -- you only need a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In fact, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also offer a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering on the market; looks wonderful in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Dallas Today To Install Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the good and bad of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your only choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Dallas experts are ready to show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they can help any window in your house. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 214-301-5066 or complete the form below today!