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Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Substandard Faux Wood Shutters in Philadelphia

May 06, 2019

There are many faux wood shutters on the market, but how do you tell the difference between quality 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?

You need to examine the faux wood shutter’s construction and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters in Philadelphia 

Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp

Most faux wood shutters seem attractive when first installed.  However, shutters that are composed of shoddy materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers will sag, snap, splinter, or yellow.  This is even more apparent in heavily used spaces or in climates that have high heat, cold, or humidity.  

Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from solid compounds that is made so it won’t disfigure, yellow or break.  The solid louvers allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-humidity or varying-temperature rooms.  If you want to know if a faux wood plantation shutter makes the grade or not, just check the warranty.  Businesses that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials.

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Quality faux wood doesn’t stain

Easy dusting is pretty much the same process for most faux wood plantation shutters.  But detailed cleaning will pose another set of troubles. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some liquid when cleaned with a wet rag.  Other faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are almost impossible to keep clean.

Manufacturers that sell quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be cleaning friendly.  For example, Polywood has a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters appear like they were installed yesterday.  High-caliber faux wood is completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a damp rag or liquid cleaner.

High quality faux wood is energy efficient

When you lower your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a remarkable change in air flow and heat loss.  The non-hollow louvers and impenetrable materials will help stop sunlight that heats up a room and air transfer that can make a room chilly.  The top faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will even go further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.

Plantation shutters crafted with a low quality material will not demonstrate the same energy-saving benefits.  Shutters with cheap materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. Over time, low quality shutters can start to warp and permanently separate the louvers.  To see if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The larger the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.

Polywood Shutters in Philadelphia Bathroom 

Call a Philadelphia Sunburst rep and pick a quality faux wood treatment

Picking a high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task.  Good thing our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood options, so you can pick the perfect window treatment for your rooms.  To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 215-874-4897 today.

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