Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Boise

Spencer Madsen

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Boise, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood coverings will last virtually forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will start to break down in just a few years.

It may be difficult to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But once you know about the different varieties of faux wood, it will be much easier to see which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list looks at the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Boise and rates them from the least ideal to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl present themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is tough to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  They may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but that’s because they are flimsy and ineffective.

Vinyl is also affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their tendency of warping or splintering and their poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters don’t provide much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Boise
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These coverings are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments are heavier and can look much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed wood under the covering can be extremely porous, leaving the shutter vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or splintered louver or find that the vinyl 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; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than all of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material saturate the shutter, they create thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that these shutters last longer on average and will function much more like hardwood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-fitted to fit any window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as good as its synthetic formula.  Some recipes create a fragile treatment, which can be broken during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers need to paint their shutters, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that is most comparable to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Boise

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its unique formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a composite that withstands moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will still look great for life.  They are even easy to clean -- just a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for deeper cleaning.

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

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against cracking, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering available; looks wonderful in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Call Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the benefits and drawbacks of the available faux wood plantation shutters, you can definately tell that Polywood is the most durable and stylish faux wood. Our Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions experts will show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they can help any room in your home. To get a complimentary in-home consultation, call 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below today!