Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Houston

Cory Cryer

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Houston, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will start to break down in just a short amount of time.

It might be tough to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list looks at the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Houston and orders them from the worst to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl are disguised as a faux wood product.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is different from 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 shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products on the market, but they also are the least durable of the non-wood coverings.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or yellow due to sunlight exposure. Because of their practice of warping or splitting and their poor insular nature, vinyl shutters won’t give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Houston
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail construction; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; can quickly warp, chip or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters feel more substantial and can look much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their less durable alternatives.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed grain under the wrapping can be extremely porous, leaving the shutter vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to find a warped or splintered louver or learn that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap 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 most of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the shutter, they form durable, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that these treatments last longer on average and will function much more like real wood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded window treatment is only as well-made as its faux wood recipe.  Some formulas create a fragile product, which can be broken during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers need to paint their shutters, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable product that compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

And Then There's Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Houston

Polywood plantation shutters are constructed from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its unique formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will keep looking great for life.  They are even a snap to clean -- just a duster for routine work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentson the market.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these Polywood shutters come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against cracking, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering around; looks nice in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Houston Today To Install Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, you can plainly see that Polywood is the best. Our Sunburst Shutters Houston representatives will show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any window in your home. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below today!