Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Substandard Faux Wood Shutters in Boise05/06/2019Spencer Madsen There are many faux wood shutters out there, but what’s the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that will wear out in just a short amount of time? You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and details such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Good faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp Most faux wood shutters look pretty when first installed. However, shutters that are crafted with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers will sag, crack, splinter, or fade. You won’t want inferior faux wood shutters in heavily used rooms or in areas that have variable heat, cold, or humidity. High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that don’t warp, fade or break. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-moisture or varying-temperature spaces. If you want to see if a faux wood plantation shutter is high quality or not, just inspect the warranty. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their window treatments because they only use the highest quality of materials. Quality faux wood doesn’t stain Easy dusting is pretty much the same process for most faux wood plantation shutters. However, detailed cleaning has different troubles. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some liquid when wiped down with spray cleaner. Other faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and grime so that they are harder to clean. Companies that produce quality plantation shutters know that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a coating that is easy to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear as if they were installed yesterday. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a little water or spray cleaner. High quality faux wood is energy efficient As you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a remarkable change in air flow and heat transfer. The thick louvers and dense composites will help stop sunlight that heats up a room and drafts that can make a room chilly. The best faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Plantation shutters made with an inferior material will not demonstrate the same energy-saving benefits. Those using second-rate materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. Over time, substandard shutters can start to warp and leave gaps between the louvers. The way to find out if you purchased a subpar faux wood is by its R-rating. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the shutter. Call a Boise representative and get the window treatment for you Finding a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. Good thing our Sunburst representatives can show you all our faux wood lines, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your rooms. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 208-609-9129 today.