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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Aside from that, you might not know what you’re dealing with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Gainesville, what is it that you’re actually buying for your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters Gainesville is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. Here’s what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always advertised as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t resilient, can’t really block sound or heat loss, and will usually fade and yellow after prolonged exposure to UV rays.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, prone to chips and cracks, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

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

Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Durable, moisture-proof material

  • No glued material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood pulp and glue, Polywood shutters are made from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, created to weather the most extreme elements and take punishment that most shutters aren’t able to.

Polywood shutters are also 100% solid, so they’re not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your space nice and cozy.

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And unlike the majority of faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shops may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Gainesville’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, send a line to Sunburst Gainesville today. Get a free in-home consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 813-602-5966.