Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Raleigh

Blake Jarman

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Raleigh, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood coverings will last forever without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will start to break down in just a few year’s time.

It may be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Raleigh.  But as you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easier to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different types of faux wood shutters in Raleigh and rates them from the worst to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl want you to think that they are using faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick finish is hard to integrate into a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood shutters.  They may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products around, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl shutters melt or discolor due to sunlight exposure. Since these covering warp, yellow, and have poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters do not give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Raleigh
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks plastic; flimsy construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; can quickly warp, chip or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These coverings are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can seem much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the outer layer can be extremely porous, leaving the shutter exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see a warped or splintered louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splits easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than all of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material saturate the shutter, they create durable, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that these treatments are more durable and will function much more like real wood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic recipe.  Some mixtures create a frail shutter, which can be split during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some companies paint their shutters, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that is most comparable to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

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

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Raleigh

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its unique formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a composite that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will still look great for year after year.  They are even easy to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

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

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient plantation shutter on the market; looks wonderful in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Raleigh Today To Get Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When seeing the benefits and drawbacks of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your best choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Raleigh experts will be happy to show you the advantages of our Polywood shutters, and how they will enhance any room in your home. To book a no cost in-home consultation, call 919-887-9198 or send in the form below today!