What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?

Lisa Renee Nieberding

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re looking for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Cincinnati, what is it that you’re really using in your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. This is what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Shoddy

Faux wood is almost always presented as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is actually just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, can’t really block noise or heat, and will most likely fade and discolor after repeated UV exposure.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and less energy efficient.

So while you may think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help make your home more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 3 things you should be on the look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Durable, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material on a wood pulp base

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where the majority of faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are made from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that most shutters aren’t able to.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space nice and cozy.

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And unlike most faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some window treatment shops may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” material, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Cincinnati’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, get in touch with Sunburst Cincinnati today. Set up a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 513-216-9740.