Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in St. George05/06/2019Kasey Udy There are plenty faux wood shutters available, but is there a difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that start to break in just a short amount of time? The trick is to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp Most window treatments seem attractive when first hung. But over time, shutters that are composed of inferior materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers will warp, crack, splinter, or fade. Cheap faux wood shutters definitely won’t hold up in high-traffic spaces or in spaces that have extreme heat, cold, or moisture. Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that won’t warp, discolor or degrade. Its rigid design allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-humidity or extreme temperature rooms. Checking the warranty will be the most accurate way to tell the durability of a faux wood shutter. Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the best materials. Good faux wood is easy to clean Everyday maintenance is the same for every faux wood window treatments. However, in-depth cleaning will pose different issues. Vinyl and other cheap materials will take in some moisture when scrubbed with a wet rag. Some faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are harder to keep clean. Manufacturers that make quality window treatments make sure that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood has a coating that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters look always clean. Good faux wood should be completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it will wipe off with a little water or multi-purpose dusting spray. High quality faux wood is energy efficient When you shut your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a remarkable difference in air flow and heat loss. The thick louvers and compressed materials will help stop UV rays that increases the temperature and air transfer that can make a room chilly. The top faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Shutters made with an inferior material doesn’t offer similar energy benefits. Those using shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. Over time, low quality shutters can begin to warp and make gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Call a St. George representative and pick a great faux wood plantation shutter Picking a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Good thing our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can choose the perfect window treatment for your rooms. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 435-485-9332 today.