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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Boise

March 02, 2020

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 treatments will start to break down in just a few year’s time.

It may be difficult to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But once you know about the different varieties of faux wood, it will be much easier to see which interior shutter is built to last.

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

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl want you to believe that they are made from faux wood.  But make no mistake, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer is tough to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to extensive exposure to the sun. Since these treatments warp, yellow, and have poor insular traits, vinyl shutters do not provide much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Boise
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will warp, chip or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

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

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely porous, leaving the treatment to be vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or splintered louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier 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 cracks 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 product, they have more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that these shutters last longer on average and will act much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-crafted to fit any window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as good as its synthetic formula.  Some formulas create a brittle treatment, which can be broken during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments 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 compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Boise

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its patented formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will still look great for decades to come.  They are even a snap to clean -- only use a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatments you 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 these Polywood shutters are paired with a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against cracking, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering on the market; looks great 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 pros and cons of the different 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 will enhance any room in your home. To get a complimentary in-home consultation, call 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below today!

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