Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Houston

Cory Cryer

Custom-crafted faux wood window treatments may seem like a good option, but it can be tough to make a decision without evaluating the issue from every angle. So, what are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Houston?


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Beautifully In Many Design Styles

Airy sunroom with interior shutters in Houston.
Plantation shutters feature louvers that move up and down with either a hidden or center tilt rod. People have used interior shutters for years to help regulate sunlight and ventilation. Shutters have been used in almost every design trend, from ultra-spartan minimalism to traditional design styles. Their practical functionality, simple lines, and neutral appearance assist you in changing your home from an outdated style to one that works better for your current needs.


The capability of shutters to work with any design scheme is particularly useful when they are constructed from faux wood. Unlike treatments such as aluminum blinds that will show their age through yellowing and cracking, faux wood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your house and redo everything else, you won’t have to budget for the additional cost of window treatments.

When debating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Houston, you should definitely add flexibility to the “pro” column.


Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Slightly More Expensive Than Other Window Treatments

When comparing custom-fitted faux wood plantation shutters to other window treatments — especially those from big-box home improvement stores — you’ll likely see that plantation shutters are slightly more expensive. At first glance, you could view that as an automatic con.


But you should know that quality faux wood plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. Our faux wood plantation shutters are so durable they will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to be moisture-, pest-, and fire-resistant, and will never become warped, cracked, or yellowed. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — something you won’t find on cheaper blinds or shades.

Along with the cost of faux wood plantation shutters, you also get a an energy-efficient layer that is characteristic of them. Just close the louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally occurs with your glass windows. This keeps the temperature more comfortable in your home and stops your thermostat from working overtime. Our shutters even offer an added layer of weather stripping, so you be confident you’re getting peak energy efficiency.


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Cozy living room with our Polywood shutters in Houston.


Our faux wood Polywood shutters are known as one of the most durable plantation shutters on the market for excellent reason. Our shutters will never fade, yellow, splinter, crack or warp, and they’re backed by a lifetime warranty. Your Polywood shutters will be as beautiful and efficient as they were when first installed.

Compare that to other window treatments, and you’ll have a new understanding of the workmanship of premium faux wood interior shutters. blinds or shades will start to show their age by losing slats or become dingy and discolored after a few years. But Polywood plantation shutters will always look beautiful until you choose to take them down.


Con: It Can Take Several Weeks To Make Your Plantation Shutters

 Interior shutters in Houston bedroom.  
One benefit of getting a set of DIY shades from a big-box store is that you can install it the same day you buy it. However, faux wood plantation shutters are usually custom-fitted and can be several weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time they are installed. That may not work if you’re attempting to cover a window for Friday’s get-together.

But having your shutters custom-made is worth the wait. Unless your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY treatment won’t line up perfectly, and gaps may be evident. On the other hand,a custom-fitted shutter will be made to the exact dimensions of your window and will fit right up against the window frame, meaning you won’t lose anything in style, functionality or energy efficiency. Also, the custom-crafted approach is the only way to go for your specialty windows.


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Energy Efficient  

One benefit of interior shutters is that they help block airflow and prevent heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your energy bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from blinds and shades. Faux wood shutters are an even better choice because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

Our Polywood shutters are at the pinnacle of energy efficiency. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers lock in tight to prevent heat loss. As a result, our Polywood shutters are 70% more efficient than even hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 


Sunburst Is Your Preferred Source For Premium Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, give Sunburst Shutters Houston a call. We’ll bring samples of our popular Polywood faux wood plantation shutters, and you can see how they will enhance your windows for years to come. Just call 713-853-9629 to set up your in-home consultation.