There are plenty faux wood window treatments on the market, but is there a difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that will break in just a short amount of time?
You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and details such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most faux wood plantation shutters appear great when first hung. But shutters that are crafted with inferior materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will sag, crack, splinter, or discolor. This is especially true in high-traffic rooms or in areas that have extreme heat, cold, or dampness.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from solid compounds that is made so it won’t bend, yellow or degrade. The solid louvers allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or varying-temperature rooms. And while it can be hard to know if a faux wood is durable on first glance, you should always look at the warranty. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their shutters because they only use the best materials.
Good faux wood is easy to clean
Everyday maintenance is pretty much similar for most faux wood window treatments. But detailed cleaning will pose different troubles. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some moisture when wiped down with a damp rag. Some faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are almost impossible to clean.
Manufacturers that sell quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem just as nice as they did when they were installed. Good faux wood is also completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it will come clean with a little water or spray cleaner.
Quality faux wood is energy efficient
As you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a definite difference in air flow and heat loss. The solid louvers and impenetrable materials will help block UV rays that makes the room toasty and air transfer that can freeze you out. Top graded faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with a low quality material doesn’t give you similar energy-saving benefits. Those using cheap composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. As time goes on, substandard shutters can begin to warp and leave gaps between the louvers. The way to find out if you purchased a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Contact your Charlotte shutters rep and choose a quality faux wood treatment
Choosing a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like a struggle. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood shutters, so you can select the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To set up a complimentary in-home consultation, call 980-231-1116 today.