Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Cincinnati, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood treatments will begin to wear down in just a few year’s time.

It can be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Cincinnati.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to see which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different types of faux wood shutters in Cincinnati and orders them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl would like you to think that they use faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is hard to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or basswood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but that’s because they can warp and fade.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to sunlight exposure. Because of their habit of warping or cracking and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters won’t provide much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Cincinnati
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; thin materials; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can appear much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the outer layer can be extremely absorsive, leaving the shutter exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to find a warped or cracked louver or discover that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than all of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the window treatment, they have durable, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also find that these shutters last longer on average and will act much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its faux wood recipe.  Some mixtures create a frail product, which can be cracked or chipped by nails or screws during installation. If the mixture doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers need to paint their products, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial treatment that is most comparable 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 Cincinnati

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an extremely durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its unique formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a composite that withstands moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will still look great for life.  They are even a snap to clean -- only use a duster for weekly work, and a wet cloth for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentson the market.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also throw in a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati Today To Get Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the good and bad of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your best choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati experts will show you the perks of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any room in the house. To book a free in-home consultation, call 513-216-9740 or fill out the form below today!