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Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Indianapolis

May 06, 2019

There are plenty faux wood shutters available, but is there a difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over decades and faux wood shutters that look worse and worse as time goes on?

The trick is to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s construction and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters in Indianapolis 

Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp

Most faux wood shutters seem great when first installed.  But over time, shutters that are composed of shoddy materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to sag, crack, splinter, or yellow.  Cheap faux wood shutters definitely don’t hold up in your everyday rooms or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or dampness.  

High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that don’t disfigure, yellow or degrade.  Its rigid design allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-humidity or extreme temperature spaces.  If you want to know if a faux wood plantation shutter will be durable or not, just check the warranty.  Companies that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their window treatments because they only use the highest quality of materials.

Polywood Shutters in Family Room in Indianapolis 

Good faux wood doesn’t stain

Dusting will be similar for every faux wood plantation shutters.  However, in-depth cleaning will pose another set of problems. Vinyl and other cheap materials will soak up some of the water when cleaned with a damp rag.  Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are harder to clean.

Manufacturers that make quality plantation shutters know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down.  For example, Polywood has a coating that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem as if they were just installed.  Quality faux wood should be completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it can come off with a little water or liquid cleaner.

Quality faux wood is energy efficient

As you shut your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a remarkable change in air flow and heat transfer.  The non-hollow louvers and impenetrable composites will help block sunlight that increases the temperature and air transfer that can cool down the space.  Top graded faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.

Window treatments made with an inferior material won’t offer similar energy-saving benefits.  Shutters with shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. Over time, low quality shutters can begin to bow and permanently separate the louvers.  The way to find out if you purchased a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.

Polywood Shutters in Indianapolis Bathroom 

Contact your Indianapolis shutters rep and get the window treatment for you

Finding a good faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task.  However, our Sunburst representatives will bring you all our faux wood options, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your windows.  To set up a complimentary in-home consultation, call 317-558-9066 today.