There are plenty faux wood window treatments out there, but is there a difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for years and faux wood shutters that will break in within a few years?
You need to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of faux wood shutters seem attractive when first installed. But over time, shutters that are composed of inferior materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers may bow, chip, splinter, or yellow. This is even more apparent in high-traffic spaces or in spaces that have extreme heat, cold, or dampness.
Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that is made so it won’t warp, yellow or break. Its rigid design allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or varying-temperature areas. And while it can be difficult to see if a faux wood is high-quality on first glance, you should always look at the warranty. Businesses that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials.
Quality faux wood is easy to clean
Dusting is pretty much the same for most faux wood window treatments. However, detailed cleaning has tougher issues. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some of the water when scrubbed with a wet rag. Some faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and dirt so that they are harder to clean.
Companies that sell quality window treatments know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters look just as new as they did on day one. High-caliber faux wood should be completely water resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a damp rag or liquid cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
As you lower your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a definite difference in air flow and heat loss. The solid louvers and dense materials will help stop sunlight that heats up a room and air transfer that can cool down the space. Top graded faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters crafted with an inferior material doesn’t give you the same energy efficiency benefits. Those using shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, low quality shutters can start to bow and make gaps between the louvers. The way to find out if you bought a subpar faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Contact your Gainesville representative and pick a quality faux wood treatment
Choosing a high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Good thing our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To book a free in-home consultation, call 813-602-5966 today.