Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Honolulu05/06/2019Darren Wong There are plenty faux wood plantation shutters available, but what’s the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that look shabby [[over time|as time goes on]39? Just examine the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and specifics such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential. Quality faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp Any type of faux wood shutters appear pretty when first installed. However, shutters that are made with lower-quality materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will bow, crack, splinter, or fade. Low-quality shutters definitely won’t hold up in high-traffic rooms or in climates that have variable heat, cold, or humidity. High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that don’t warp, yellow or break. Its rigid design allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-moisture or extreme temperature areas. Looking at the warranty will be the easiest way to check the quality of a faux wood shutter. Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their products because they only use the highest quality of materials. Good faux wood is easy to clean Dusting is pretty much similar for all types of faux wood window treatments. However, in-depth cleaning comes with tougher problems. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some moisture when wiped down with spray cleaner. Substandard faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dirt and stains so that they are more difficult to keep clean. Manufacturers that sell quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear spotless. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a little water or multi-purpose dusting spray. Quality faux wood is energy efficient As you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a definite difference in air flow and heat transfer. The thick louvers and compressed composites will help block sunlight that increases the temperature and drafts that can freeze you out. The top faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Shutters made with an inferior material doesn’t give you similar energy efficiency benefits. Those using second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, inferior shutters can start to warp and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you are using a cheaper faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The larger the number, the more energy efficient the shutter. Call a Honolulu Sunburst rep and pick a great faux wood plantation shutter Picking a quality faux wood shutter can sometimes feel like an elusive mission. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the right plantation shutter for your space. To book a no-cost in-home consultation, call 808-797-2004 today.