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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Really, it just means “not wood, but similar to it.” Aside from that, you may not know what you have. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Phoenix, what is it that you’re really using in your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters Phoenix will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish

Faux wood is usually sold as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of composite materials aren’t resilient, aren’t able to block noise or heat, and will most likely fade and yellow after prolonged sun exposure.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, meaning they’re less durable, prone to chipping or breaking, and poor insulators.

Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after just two years? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help keep your home more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are 3 qualities you should be on the look for in a good faux wood shutter:

  • Solid, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material on a wood chip base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are made from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters break down.

Polywood shutters are also 100% solid, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy.

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And unlike most faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some manufacturers may try to market their product as a similar “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Phoenix’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to graduate from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, send a line to Sunburst Phoenix today. Set up a free in-home consultation using the form below or call us at 480-485-7743.

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