What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Eric Ramsey “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 looks like 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 type of faux wood window treatment in Gainesville, what is it that you’re actually buying for your windows? 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 less expensive 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 chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, can’t really block sound or heat loss, and will most likely fade and yellow after prolonged UV exposure. What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, prone to chips and cracks, and less energy efficient. 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 in a few years? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help keep your house more cozy or your utility bills lower? Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same. 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 vinyl material around a wood pulp base A lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, 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 completely solid all the way through, so they’re not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your house nice and cozy. And unlike most faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty. Some salespeople may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but know that 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, contact Sunburst Gainesville today. Get a free in-home consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 813-602-5966.