Custom shutters in a living room

Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Gainesville

January 14, 2020

Custom-made faux wood window treatments may look appealing, but it’s sometimes tough to make a decision without evaluating all sides of the issue. So, what are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Gainesville?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Well With Many Design Styles

Sunroom with plantation shutters in Gainesville.

Plantation shutters feature louvers that raise and lower with either a hidden or center tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for ages to help regulate light and airflow. They have been used in almost every type of design, from ultra-spartan minimalism to eclectic styles. Their functionality, streamlined look, and neutral appearance help you transform your house from a dated style to one that works better for your current needs.

The ability of interior shutters to conform to any type of décor is particularly useful when they are made from faux wood. Unlike other treatments, like aluminum blinds, that will become discolored and cracked with age, faux wood shutters last a lifetime. So when you update your rooms and redo furniture, flooring, paint, and lighting fixtures, you won’t have to budget for the extra expense of new window treatments.

When considering the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Gainesville, you should definitely chalk up style flexibility as a “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Slightly More Expensive Than Other Window Treatments

When comparing custom-made faux wood interior shutters to other window treatments — particularly those from big-box home improvement stores — you’ll probably see that plantation shutters cost a little bit more. Right off the bat, you might count that as an immediate con.

But you should know that quality faux wood plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. The durability of faux wood means that your shutters will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to resist moisture, pests, and fire, and will never warp, crack, or yellow. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t see on cheaper window treatments.

Included in the cost of faux wood plantation shutters, you also purchase a an energy-efficient layer that is characteristic of them. Just lower the shutter louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally happens with your glass windows. This keeps your rooms feeling more comfortable and may even help lower your utility bills. Our shutters even go one step further with an added layer of weather stripping, so you can be sure to get the highest degree of energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Warm living room with our Polywood shutters in Gainesville.

Our faux wood Polywood shutters have been called one of the most durable shutters on the market for excellent reason. Our shutters will never fade, yellow, splinter, crack or warp, and they’re backed by a lifetime warranty. Your Polywood shutters will be just as beautiful and efficient as they were in the beginning.

Compare that to other treatments, and you start to have a new appreciation of the craftsmanship of premium faux wood interior shutters. other window treatments will lose slats or become impossible to clean after a few years. But Polywood plantation shutters will always look wonderful until you decide to take them down.

Con: It Can Take Several Weeks To Craft Your Plantation Shutters  
Interior shutters in Gainesville bedroom.

One advantage of buying a DIY window treatment from a chain store is that you can put it up right after you buy it. However, faux wood plantation shutters are usually custom-crafted and can take several weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time your shutters are installed. That wait may not work if you’re trying to cover a window for Saturday’s party.

But having your shutters custom-fitted is worth the negligible wait. Even if your house is new, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY blind or shade won’t line up properly, and gaps may stand out. But,a custom-made shutter will be crafted to the exact dimensions and will fit perfectly in the window frame, meaning your windows treatments will be the height of style, function, and energy efficiency. Also, the custom-crafted approach is the only way to go for your specialty windows.

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Efficient  

One benefit of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and prevent heat loss. This keeps your home’s temperature constant and your utility bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from other window treatments. Faux wood shutters are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

Our Polywood shutters are at the peak of energy efficiency. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers close tightly to block heat loss. Consequently, our Polywood plantation shutters are 70% more efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 

Sunburst Is Your Preferred Source For Quality Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you’ve considered the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, the next step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Gainesville. We’ll bring you samples of our popular Polywood faux wood plantation shutters, and you can see for yourself how they will improve your windows for years to come. Give us a call at to set up your in-home consultation.

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