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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Philadelphia

January 14, 2020

Custom-made faux wood window treatments may seem like a good option, but it’s sometimes tough to make a change without considering the issue from every angle. What are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Philadelphia?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Well With Many Design Schemes

Sunroom with interior shutters in Philadelphia.

Plantation shutters feature large louvers that move up and down with a tilt rod. People have used plantation shutters for decades to help control sun glare and airflow. They have been incorporated into almost every design trend, from modern to eclectic designs. Their functionality, streamlined look, and neutral design will change the look of your home from a dated style to one that is more current.

The ability of interior shutters to complement any design style is particularly evident when they’re crafted from faux wood. Unlike other treatments, like aluminum blinds, that will become discolored and cracked with age, faux wood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your home and redo everything else, you won’t have to worry about the extra expense of new window treatments.

When evaluating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Philadelphia, you should definitely chalk up style flexibility as a “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Slightly More Expensive Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood interior shutters to other window treatments — especially those from the big name home improvement stores — you’ll likely see that shutters are slightly more expensive. At the outset, you might be inclined to view that as an automatic con.

But you should know that quality faux wood interior shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because they offer more value. Our faux wood shutters are so durable they will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to be moisture-, pest-, and fire-resistant, and will never become warped, cracked, or yellowed. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t see on cheaper blinds or shades.

Along with the cost of our plantation shutters, you also receive a an energy-efficient layer that is characteristic of them. Just close the louvers and you’ll prevent the heat loss that naturally occurs with your windows. This keeps the temperature more comfortable in your home and may even help lower your utility bills. Our Polywood shutters even go one step further with an added layer of weather stripping, so you can be sure to get peak energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Comfortable living room with our Polywood shutters in Philadelphia.

Our faux wood Polywood shutters have a reputation as one of the most durable types of shutters on the market for good reason. Our shutters will never fade, yellow, splinter, crack or warp, and they’re backed by a lifetime warranty. Your faux wood plantation shutters will be just as beautiful and energy efficient as they were in the beginning.

Compare that to other window treatments, and you’ll discover a new understanding of the workmanship of quality faux wood shutters. Other treatments will start to show their age by losing slats or become dingy and discolored after a while. But Polywood plantation shutters will always look beautiful until you choose to uninstall them.

Con: It Can Take 3-6 Weeks To Make Your Shutters  
Interior shutters in Philadelphia bedroom.

One advantage of getting a DIY window treatment from a home improvement store is that you can put it up right after you buy it. However, Polywood shutters are usually custom-made and can take 3-6 weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time your shutters are installed. That wait may not work if you’re attempting to cover a window for Saturday’s get-together.

But having a window treatment custom-fitted is worth the short wait. Even if your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY blind or shade won’t line up properly, and gaps may stand out. A custom-crafted shutter will be crafted to the exact dimensions of your window and will fit perfectly in the window frame, meaning you won’t lose anything in style, functionality or energy efficiency. Also, the custom-fitted method is the only way to go for your specialty windows.

Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One benefit of plantation shutters is that they help block airflow and mitigate heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your energy bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from other window treatments. Faux wood shutters are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

At the height of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers lock in tight to stop unwanted heat loss. Consequently, our Polywood plantation shutters are 70% more efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 

Sunburst Is Your Expert Source For Premium Faux Wood Shutters 

Now that you’ve evaluated the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, contact Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia. We’ll visit with samples of our popular Polywood faux wood plantation shutters, and you ’ll immediately see how they will enhance your windows for years to come. Just call 215-874-4897 to set up your in-home consultation with us.