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Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Houston

May 06, 2019

There are a lot of faux wood plantation shutters out there, but what’s the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that seem to wear out in just a short amount of time?

You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s construction and details such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.

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Good faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp

All new faux wood shutters appear attractive when first put up.  But shutters that are composed of inferior materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers will sag, snap, splinter, or discolor.  This is definitely true in high-traffic spaces or in spaces that have extreme heat, cold, or humidity.  

High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from solid compounds that is made so it won’t warp, discolor or fall apart.  The solid louvers allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or extreme temperature areas.  If you want to see if a faux wood plantation shutter will be durable or not, just check the warranty.  Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their window treatments because they only use the most durable materials.

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Quality faux wood doesn’t stain

Dusting is pretty much the same for all types of faux wood shutters.  But deep cleaning will pose tougher issues. Vinyl and comparable materials will take in some moisture when scrubbed with a damp rag.  Other faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and grime so that they are more difficult to keep clean.

Manufacturers that produce quality window treatments make sure that faux wood should be cleaning friendly.  For example, Polywood has a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear as if they were installed yesterday.  Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it can come clean with a little water or liquid cleaner.

High quality faux wood is energy efficient

When you shut your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a quantifiable difference in air flow and heat transfer.  The solid louvers and dense composites will help stop UV rays that heats up a room and air transfer that can cool down the space.  The top faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.

Window treatments made with a low quality material doesn’t demonstrate the same energy-saving benefits.  Those using second-rate materials or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. As time goes on, inferior shutters can start to bow and leave gaps between the louvers.  The way to find out if you purchased a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.

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Call a Houston Sunburst rep and get the window treatment for you

Finding a good faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like a struggle.  Good thing our Sunburst representatives will show you all our faux wood options, so you can pick the perfect window treatment for your rooms.  To set up a free in-home consultation, call 713-853-9629 today.

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