Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Other Faux Wood Shutters in Phoenix05/06/2019Greg Arnett There are plenty faux wood shutters available, but what’s the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for decades and faux wood shutters that will need to be removed within a few years? You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp All new faux wood shutters seem pretty when first put up. But over time, shutters that are made with inferior materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will sag, snap, splinter, or discolor. You definitely don’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in high-traffic rooms or in climates that have extreme heat, cold, or moisture. Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that won’t warp, yellow or break. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-humidity or varying-temperature spaces. And while it’s hard to tell if a faux wood is durable on first glance, you can always check the warranty. Companies that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials. Good faux wood wipes down easily Everyday maintenance is the same for most faux wood plantation shutters. But in-depth cleaning comes with another set of issues. Vinyl and other cheap materials will soak up some liquid when cleaned with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are more difficult to keep clean. Companies that produce quality window treatments make sure that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is easy to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem just as nice as they did when they were installed. Quality faux wood is also completely moisture resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a little water or liquid cleaner. Quality faux wood is energy efficient When you lower your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a remarkable difference in air flow and heat loss. The non-hollow louvers and dense materials will help block UV rays that increases the temperature and heat loss that can make a room chilly. Top graded faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Shutters made with a low quality material will not demonstrate the same energy benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, substandard shutters can start to bow and permanently separate the louvers. The way to find out if you bought a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Call a Phoenix representative and get the window treatment for you Finding a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes feel like an elusive mission. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can pick the right quality faux wood shutter for your rooms. To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 480-485-7743 today.