What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

Spencer Madsen

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you might not have any idea what you have. So if you’re looking for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Boise, what is it that you’re actually buying for your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always presented as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is actually just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of composite materials aren’t resilient, aren’t able to block sound or heat loss, and will most likely fade and discolor after prolonged sun exposure.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to defects, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Are you getting much out of a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your house more cozy or your energy bills lower?

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

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What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Durable, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material on a wood chip base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, created to weather the most extreme elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is totally solid, so they’re not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your house nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in Boise bedroom.

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

Some window treatment shops may try to market their faux wood shutters as some sort of “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Boise’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, contact Sunburst Boise today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 208-609-9129.