Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Honolulu

Darren Wong

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Honolulu, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will start to wear down in just a few years.

It may be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Honolulu.  But once you know about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be much easier to figure out which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Honolulu and rates them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl would like you to think that they use faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and shiny finish is hard to blend with a decor style, unlike quality faux wood or real wood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products around, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or discolor due to sunlight exposure. Because of their habit of warping or splintering and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Honolulu
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will often warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These coverings are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters are heavier and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered counterparts.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed grain under the outer layer can be extremely porous, leaving the window treatment exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see a warped or splintered louver or learn that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; wrapping can chip away; warps or cracks easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the shutter, they have durable, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that these shutters are more durable and will perform much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as durable as its faux wood recipe.  Some recipes create a fragile product, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers need to paint their louvers, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial product that works like a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Honolulu

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its unique formula is like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will always stay looking like new for life.  They are even a snap to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In fact, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these perks come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient plantation shutter on the market; looks wonderful in any decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu Today To Install Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's easy to see that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters Honolulu experts will be happy to show you the perks of our Polywood shutters, and how they will enhance any room in your home. To get a no cost in-home consultation, call 808-797-2004 or complete the form below today!