What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Holly Perron “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from furniture to floors to window treatments. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re on the hunt for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Philadelphia, what are you really buying for your house? Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you should know. Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To Rubbish Faux wood is typically sold as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t resilient, can’t really block sound or heat loss, and will most likely fade and lose their color after prolonged UV exposure. What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are made from, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and less energy efficient. Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after just two years? Are you getting much out of a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your home more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same. What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter There are 3 things you should be on the look for in a great faux wood shutter: Solid, moisture-proof material No vinyl material around a wood pulp base An extended or lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are built from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and take punishment that most shutters can’t. Polywood shutters are also totally solid, so they’re not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home at a comfortable temperature. And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty. Some shops may try to market their faux wood shutters as some sort of “poly” material, but know that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Philadelphia’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, contact Sunburst Philadelphia today. Set up a no-strings-attached consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 215-874-4897.