Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In St. George

Kasey Udy

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in St. George, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood coverings will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to degrade in just a short amount of time.

It might be hard to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be easy to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different varieties of faux wood shutters in St. George and orders them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl show themselves as faux wood.  But make no mistake, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to match to a your decor, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl shutters melt or yellow due to the sun’s rays. Because of their practice of warping or splintering and their poor insular nature, vinyl shutters don’t grant much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in St. George
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; flimsy construction; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, chip or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their vinyl alternatives.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed grain under the covering can be extremely porous, leaving the window treatment vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or cracked louver or discover that the synthetic wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or cracks easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material permeate throughout the window treatment, they form durable, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also find that they generally last longer and will act much more like hardwood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

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

  • Benefits:

    More substantial treatment that works like a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then There's Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in St. George

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its unique formula is like real wood, but with a material that withstands moisture. We add a UV inhibitor into the faux wood mixture so that the entire shutter will always stay looking nice for decades to come.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also include a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment available; looks wonderful in any decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters St. George Today To Install Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Shutters

When comparing the benefits and drawbacks of the different faux wood plantation shutters, it's plain to see that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters St. George reps will show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any room in your home. To book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below today!