What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Eric Ramsey “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you might not have any idea what you’re dealing with. So if you’re on the hunt for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Tampa, what are you actually using in your house? Sunburst Shutters Tampa is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. Here’s what you need to know. Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Shoddy Faux wood is almost always presented as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t resilient, aren’t able to block noise or heat, and will most likely fade and lose their color after prolonged UV exposure. What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making them weaker, prone to defects, and less energy efficient. Though you might think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help keep your home more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal. What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter There are 3 things you should be on the look for in a high quality faux wood shutter: Sturdy, moisture-proof material No glued material around a wood pulp base An extended or lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where traditional faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and adhesive, Polywood shutters are constructed from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and take punishment that would make most shutters shatter. In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, making them not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also better insulators to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty. Some salespeople may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Tampa’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to graduate from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, send a line to Sunburst Tampa today. Schedule a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 813-580-7288.