Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Phoenix

Greg Arnett

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Phoenix, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to wear down in just a few year’s time.

It can be difficult to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But as you learn about the different varieties of faux wood, it will be easy to see which interior shutter is built to last.

The following list details the different types of faux wood shutters in Phoenix and orders them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are disguised as a faux wood product.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating can be difficult to integrate into a your decor, unlike other faux wood or hardwood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but that’s because they are flimsy and ineffective.

Vinyl is also affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl shutters melt or discolor due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their practice of warping or splintering and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters won’t provide much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Phoenix
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; will often warp, chip or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters are heavier and can look much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their less durable alternatives.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the wrapping can be extremely porous, leaving the treatment to be vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to find a warped or cracked louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded synthetic materials are more durable than all of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material permeate throughout the window treatment, they create thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also discover that they are more durable and will act much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-crafted to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded window treatment is only as well-made as its faux wood recipe.  Some mixtures create a frail product, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow from the sun. Some companies paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable product that works like a basswood 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 Phoenix

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will keep looking nice for decades to come.  They are even easy to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And these plantation shutters are paired with a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Phoenix Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Shutters

When comparing the good and bad of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's easy to see that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters Phoenix experts will show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will work in any room in the house. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below today!