There are plenty faux wood window treatments on the market, but is there a difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that might need to be replaced within a short amount of time?
You need to examine the faux wood shutter’s construction and details such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Quality faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most faux wood plantation shutters look attractive when first installed. However, shutters that are crafted with lower-quality materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers will bow, crack, splinter, or yellow. Inferior shutters definitely don’t hold up in high-traffic rooms or in areas that have high heat, cold, or dampness.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that don’t warp, fade or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or varying-temperature areas. And while it can be difficult to tell if a faux wood is a quality faux wood on the surface, you should always check the warranty. Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the best materials.
Quality faux wood is easy to clean
Everyday maintenance will be the same for all types of faux wood window treatments. However, deep cleaning has tougher problems. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some moisture when wiped down with a damp rag. Substandard faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dust and grime so that they are more difficult to keep clean.
Companies that produce quality window treatments understand that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters appear just as new as they did on day one. Quality faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come off with a little water or multi-purpose dusting spray.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
When you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a definite change in air flow and heat transfer. The thick louvers and compressed materials will help stop sunlight that makes the room toasty and drafts that can freeze you out. The best faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Plantation shutters crafted with an inferior composite won’t give you the same energy efficiency benefits. Shutters with shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. As time goes on, substandard shutters can begin to bow and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Call a Dallas shutters rep and get a great faux wood plantation shutter
Picking a high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Good thing our Sunburst representatives can show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can select the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 214-301-5066 today.