What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?

Cory Cryer

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with regards to interior design, from furniture to floors to window coverings. Really, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Aside from that, you don’t really have any idea what you’re dealing with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Houston, what are you really using in your house?

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Sunburst Shutters Houston is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Rubbish

Faux wood is usually presented as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just composite wood, which is a combination of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block sound or heat, and will almost always fade and yellow after repeated exposure to UV rays.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, meaning they’re less durable, prone to chipping or breaking, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

So while you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after just two years? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help make 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 look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Solid, waterproof material

  • No glued material on a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and adhesive, Polywood shutters are built from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the most extreme elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters break down.

In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your house nice and cozy.

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And unlike many faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Houston’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, get in touch with Sunburst Houston today. Set up a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 713-853-9629.