Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Other Faux Wood Shutters in Raleigh05/06/2019Blake Jarman There are a lot of faux wood plantation 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 break in just a short amount of time? You need to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s structure and details such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp Most window treatments look pretty when first hung. But over time, shutters that are made with lower-quality materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers will sag, chip, splinter, or yellow. You definitely don’t want cheap faux wood shutters in high-traffic spaces or in spaces that have high heat, cold, or moisture. Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that is made so it won’t disfigure, discolor or degrade. Its rigid design allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-humidity or varying-temperature spaces. Inspecting the warranty should be the best way to tell the durability of a faux wood shutter. Companies that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their products because they only use the most durable materials. Quality faux wood wipes down easily Dusting will be similar for every faux wood plantation shutters. However, detailed cleaning will pose tougher troubles. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some moisture when scrubbed with a damp rag. Substandard faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dirt and stains 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 always clean. Good faux wood is also completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a wet cloth or liquid cleaner. High quality faux wood is energy efficient When you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a definite change in air flow and heat loss. The thick louvers and dense materials will help close out sunlight that increases the temperature and heat loss that can freeze you out. The best faux wood 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 efficiency benefits. Those using cheap composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. Over time, low quality shutters can start to sag and leave gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a cheaper faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays. Contact your Raleigh representative and get a quality faux wood treatment Choosing a high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, our Sunburst representatives will show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your space. To set up a complimentary in-home consultation, call 919-887-9198 today.