There are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market, but what’s the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that might need to be switched out within a short amount of time?
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 plantation shutters appear pretty when first installed. However, shutters that are composed of shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers can start to warp, crack, splinter, or yellow. You definitely don’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in heavily used rooms or in climates that have variable heat, cold, or humidity.
Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that won’t bend, discolor or break. Its rigid design allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-moisture or extreme temperature areas. And while it may be hard to tell if a faux wood is high-quality at first, you can always look at the warranty. Companies that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their shutters because they only use the best materials.
Good faux wood doesn’t stain
Everyday maintenance is pretty much the same for all types of faux wood window treatments. However, deep cleaning comes with different problems. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up 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 harder to keep clean.
Manufacturers that produce quality shutters understand that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear just as new as they did when they were installed. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so if anything 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 air transfer that can freeze you out. The top faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with a subpar material will not give you similar energy-saving benefits. Those using second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, substandard shutters can start to bow and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you bought a cheaper faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency.
Call a Honolulu representative and choose a great faux wood plantation shutter
Picking a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes feel like an elusive mission. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives can show you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the perfect window treatment for your space. To book a no-cost in-home consultation, call 808-797-2004 today.