Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Charlotte

Neil Blackwelder

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Charlotte, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood treatments will start to degrade in just a few years.

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

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

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl present themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating can be difficult to match to a decor style, unlike some other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products on the market, but you get what you pay for.

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 louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Charlotte
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will often 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 shutters have more weight and can appear much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed wood under the wrapping can be extremely permeable, leaving the shutter vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to find a warped or cracked louver or discover 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; outer layer can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed 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 create durable, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also discover that they last longer on average 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 your window treatments will fade and yellow from the sun. Some manufacturers paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Charlotte

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its unique formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a density that withstands moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the entire shutter will always stay looking great for life.  They are even simple to clean -- just a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In fact, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also include a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against cracking, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window treatment available; looks wonderful 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, it's easy to tell that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters Charlotte experts are ready to show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will work in any room in the house. To get a no cost in-home consultation, call 980-292-3933 or send in the form below today!