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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Charlotte

March 02, 2020

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Charlotte, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last a lifetime without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood treatments will start to break down in just a few years.

It can be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Charlotte.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to see which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list details the different varieties of faux wood shutters in Charlotte and orders them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some shutter products that use vinyl show themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is hard to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  They may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but they also can be the most insubstantial of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or fade due to the sun’s rays. Since these covering warp, yellow, and have poor insular traits, vinyl shutters won’t provide much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Charlotte
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; will warp, splinter or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

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

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed wood under the wrapping can be extremely permeable, leaving the treatment to be vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to find a warped or cracked louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for specialty 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 areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; wrapping can chip away; warps or cracks easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than any of the alternative faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material saturate the shutter, they have durable, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that these treatments generally last longer and will act much more like hardwood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as good as its synthetic formula.  Some mixtures create a frail product, which can be split by nails or screws during installation. If the mixture doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some manufacturers paint their products, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable treatment that is most comparable to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Charlotte

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its patented formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the entire shutter will keep looking great for life.  They are even simple to clean -- only use a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  In fact, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also throw in a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte Today To Get Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When comparing the good and bad of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, you can easily tell that Polywood is the most durable and stylish faux wood. Our Sunburst Shutters Charlotte experts will be happy to show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will work in any room in the house. To get a free in-home consultation, call 980-231-1116 or send in the form below today!

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