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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Phoenix

March 02, 2020

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

It can be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Phoenix.  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 kinds of faux wood shutters in Phoenix and orders them from the least ideal to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl want you to believe that they are using faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to match to a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or hardwood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl window treatments melt or yellow due to sunlight exposure. Since these treatments warp, yellow, and have poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters won’t give 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; frail materials; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; will often warp, chip or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

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

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed wood under the outer layer 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 rooms. 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 infuse themselves throughout the window treatment, they have thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that they are more durable and will function much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to 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 shutter, 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 over time. Some companies paint their shutters, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable treatment that works like a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutters

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 withstands moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will always stay looking nice for life.  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 treatments available.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also throw in a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment on the market; looks nice in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

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

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

When comparing the good and bad of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your best choice. 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 book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below today!

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