Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Philadelphia

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While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Philadelphia, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last a lifetime without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to degrade in just a few year’s time.

It might be tough to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But after you learn about the different types 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 Philadelphia and orders them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are misrepresented as a faux wood covering.  But make no mistake, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and shiny finish is tough to match to a decor style, unlike quality faux wood or hardwood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or discolor due to extensive exposure to the sun. Since these treatments warp, yellow, and have poor insular characteristic, vinyl shutters don’t grant much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Philadelphia
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy construction; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; will warp, crack or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters are heavier and can appear much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed grain under the outer layer can be extremely permeable, leaving the treatment to be sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to find a warped or splintered louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or cracks easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than all of the alternative faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material saturate the shutter, they create more substantial, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that they last longer on average and will act much more like real wood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit any window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as well-made as its synthetic recipe.  Some recipes create a brittle shutter, which can be cracked or chipped by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some manufacturers paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that compares favorably to a hardwood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Most Popular Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Philadelphia

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will always stay looking nice for decades to come.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for normal work, and a wet cloth for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also throw in a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering around; looks nice in any decor.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Call Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia Today To Get Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Shutters

When looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's plain to tell that Polywood is number one. Our Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia representatives will show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they will work in any room in your house. To book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below today!