There are plenty faux wood shutters out there, but what’s the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that look worse and worse [[over time|as time goes on]39?
You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Good faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of faux wood shutters seem great when first installed. However, shutters that are crafted with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to sag, crack, splinter, or yellow. Cheap faux wood shutters definitely won’t hold up in high-traffic rooms or in areas that have variable heat, cold, or moisture.
Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that won’t bend, fade or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-moisture or varying-temperature spaces. Looking at the warranty usually is the most accurate way to see the quality of a faux wood shutter. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their window treatments because they only use the highest quality of materials.
Quality faux wood is easy to clean
Easy dusting is pretty much the same process for most faux wood plantation shutters. However, detailed cleaning has different troubles. Vinyl and comparable materials will absorb some of the water when wiped down with spray cleaner. Other faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are harder to clean.
Companies that sell quality shutters know that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters look always clean. Quality faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come off with a little water or spray cleaner.
High quality faux wood is energy efficient
As you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a remarkable change in air flow and heat transfer. The solid louvers and impenetrable composites will help block sunlight that makes the room toasty 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 a subpar 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, inferior shutters can start to bow and make gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you purchased a subpar faux wood is to look at 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 high-caliber 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 lines, so you can select the perfect window treatment for your rooms. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 208-609-9129 today.