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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Tampa

January 14, 2020

Custom-fitted faux wood window treatments may seem like an excellent choice, but it can be difficult to make a decision without looking at all aspects of the issue. What are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Tampa?

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

Sunroom with plantation shutters in Tampa.

Plantation shutters feature large louvers that move up and down, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used interior shutters for decades to help regulate light and airflow. Shutters have been used in almost every type of design, from ultra-spartan minimalism to traditional design styles. Their practicality, simple lines, and neutral appearance assist you in changing your house from an outdated style to one that is more current.

The ability of shutters to conform to any design style is particularly evident when they’re made from faux wood. Unlike other treatments, like aluminum blinds, that will show their age through yellowing and cracking, our Polywood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your home and change out all your other design elements, you won’t have to add in the extra expense of window treatments.

When evaluating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Tampa, you should definitely put flexibility as a firm “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Cost More Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-made faux wood plantation shutters to blinds and shades — especially those from the big name home improvement stores — you’ll probably see that custom-fitted shutters are slightly more expensive. At first glance, you might be inclined to consider that as an automatic con.

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

With the cost of our plantation shutters, you also get a an energy-efficient layer that is unique to them. Just lower the louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally occurs with your windows. This keeps the temperature more comfortable in your home and may even help lower your utility bills. Our Polywood shutters take it one step further with an added layer of weather stripping, so you be confident you’re getting peak energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Cozy living room with Polywood shutters in Tampa.

There’s a reason that our faux wood Polywood shutters have a reputation as one of the most durable interior shutters on the market. Our shutters will never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and they’re backed by a lifetime warranty. Your Polywood shutters will be as beautiful and energy efficient as they were when first installed.

Compare that to blinds or shades, and you’ll discover a new understanding of the workmanship of quality faux wood shutters. blinds or shades will lose slats or become difficult to clean over the years. But Polywood shutters will always look wonderful until you decide to take them down.

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

One benefit of buying a DIY window treatment from a big-box store is that you can put it up the same day you buy it. Polywood shutters, however, are usually custom-crafted and can take approximately 3-6 weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time your shutters are installed. That timeframe may not be convenient if you’re attempting to just slap something up to cover your naked windows.

But having your shutters custom-crafted 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 those gaps and slight imperfections may be evident. A custom-crafted shutter will be crafted to the exact dimensions of your window and will fit perfectly in frame, meaning your window treatments will be elegant, functional, and energy efficient. Also, the custom-fitted route is the only way to go for your specialty windows.

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Efficient  

One of the benefits of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and mitigate the problems with heat loss. This helps to keep your home’s temperature constant and your utility bills down and makes plantation shutters a wonderful option over blinds and shades. Faux wood window treatments are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

The pinnacle of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers close tightly to prevent 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 Expert Source For Quality Faux Wood Shutters 

Now that you’ve evaluated the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, give Sunburst Shutters Tampa a call. We’ll bring samples of our popular Polywood plantation shutters, and you can see how they will enhance your windows for decades to come. Just call 813-580-7288 to set up your appointment with us.