There are a lot of faux wood shutters available, but how do you tell the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that will need to be removed within a few years?
You need to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most window treatments seem great when first hung. However, shutters that are made with lower-quality materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to sag, chip, splinter, or yellow. You definitely don’t want inferior faux wood shutters in high-traffic spaces or in spaces that have extreme heat, cold, or humidity.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that is made so it won’t disfigure, yellow or fall apart. Its rigid design allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-humidity or varying-temperature spaces. If you want to know if a faux wood plantation shutter is high quality or not, just check the warranty. Sellers that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their products because they only use the most durable materials.
Quality faux wood wipes down easily
Everyday maintenance will be similar for every faux wood plantation shutters. However, detailed cleaning will pose tougher troubles. Vinyl and comparable materials will soak up some moisture when scrubbed with a damp rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are harder to keep clean.
Companies that sell quality shutters understand that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood has a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem as if they were installed yesterday. Quality faux wood should be completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
When you close your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a remarkable change in air flow and heat loss. The solid louvers and impenetrable materials will help close out sunlight that increases the temperature and heat loss that can freeze you out. The best faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with a low quality composite won’t offer similar energy-saving benefits. Those using shoddy composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. As time goes on, low quality shutters can start to sag and make gaps between the louvers. The way to find out if you bought a cheaper faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Contact your Raleigh Sunburst rep and get a quality faux wood treatment
Choosing a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, our Sunburst representatives will show you all our faux wood options, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your windows. To set up a free in-home consultation, call 919-887-9198 today.