Whats in a Faux Wood Shutter?

Kasey Udy

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from furniture to floors to window treatments. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Aside from that, you might not know what you’re working with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in St. George, what is it that you’re really using in your home?

St. George faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters St. George will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is typically advertised as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is actually just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of engineered materials aren’t durable, aren’t able to block noise or energy loss, and will usually fade and yellow after repeated exposure to UV rays.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

So while you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help make your space more comfortable or your utility bills lower?

Fortunately, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

family room St. George faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 3 qualities you should be on the look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Solid, waterproof material

  • No vinyl material on a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and take punishment that would make most shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in St. George bedroom.

And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some manufacturers may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” material, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get St. George’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, get in touch with Sunburst St. George today. Schedule a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 435-485-9332.