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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In St. George

March 02, 2020

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in St. George, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood coverings will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood coverings will begin to degrade in just a short amount of time.

It might be hard to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters St. George.  But as you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to figure out 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 don’t fall for it, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to match to a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but they also may be the least durable of the non-wood treatments.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl window treatments melt or yellow due to the sun’s rays. Since these covering warp, fade, and have poor insular traits, vinyl shutters don’t grant much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

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

    Least expensive of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or yellow.

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 covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation 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 exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or cracked louver or find that the synthetic wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. 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 last longer on average and will act much more like real wood 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 product, which can be split during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some companies paint their products, which also leads to 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.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in St. George

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its patented formula is like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We include a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will keep looking nice for life.  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 made to be one the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  In fact, 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 throw in a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering on the market; looks great in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

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

When comparing the benefits and drawbacks of the available faux wood plantation shutters, you can plainly see that Polywood is the best. Our Sunburst Shutters St. George reps will show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any room in the house. To book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below today!

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