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Whats in a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you may 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?

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Sunburst Shutters Tampa is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Rubbish

Faux wood is typically 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 chipping or breaking, and less energy efficient.

Though you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help make your home more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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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 vinyl 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 built 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 most shutters can’t.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your space at a comfortable temperature.

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And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shops 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, contact Sunburst Tampa today. Schedule a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 813-580-7288.