Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Gainesville

Eric Ramsey

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Gainesville, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood coverings will last forever without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to break down in just a few year’s time.

It may be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Gainesville.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to see which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list details the different types of faux wood shutters in Gainesville and rates them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl disguise themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and shiny coating is hard to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  These treatments may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but they also are the most insubstantial of the non-wood treatments.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or yellow due to extensive exposure to the sun. Since these window treatments warp, discolor, and have poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters do not grant much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Gainesville
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; can quickly warp, splinter or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These coverings are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters are heavier and can seem much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the wrapping can be extremely porous, leaving the window treatment exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or splintered louver or find 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:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than most of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the product, they create thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that they last longer on average and will function much more like basswood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its synthetic formula.  Some recipes create a fragile shutter, which can be broken during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some companies need to paint their products, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that compares favorably to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Gainesville

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its unique formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a composite that withstands moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will keep looking like new for life.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a wet cloth for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these benefits accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville Today To Get Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

When looking at the good and bad of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's plain to tell that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters Gainesville experts will be happy to show you the perks of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in the house. To book a no cost in-home consultation, call 813-602-5966 or send in the form below today!