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What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you might not have any idea what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Charlotte, what are you really using in your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters Charlotte can help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Rubbish

Faux wood is almost always advertised as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block noise or energy loss, and will almost always fade and discolor after prolonged sun exposure.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and less energy efficient.

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 after a short while? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help keep your house more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Sturdy, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

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

Polywood shutters are also completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

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And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

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

Get Charlotte’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, contact Sunburst Charlotte today. Get a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 980-231-1116.