Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Indianapolis

Bill Burke

Custom-made faux wood shutters may appear like a good option, but it’s sometimes tough to decide what to do without looking at the issue from every angle. So, what are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Indianapolis?


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Well With Many Design Styles

Sunroom with faux wood shutters in Indianapolis.
Plantation shutters feature large louvers that raise and lower, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for decades to control light and airflow. Shutters have been incorporated into almost every design trend, from ultra-spartan minimalism to eclectic styles. Their functionality, clean lines, and neutral design assist you in changing your house from an outdated style to one that works better for your current needs.


The ability of shutters to conform to any design scheme is particularly useful when they are made from faux wood. Unlike treatments such as aluminum blinds that will become discolored and cracked with age, faux wood shutters last a lifetime. So when you update your home and change out everything else, you won’t have to add in the additional cost of new window treatments.

When evaluating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Indianapolis, you should definitely chalk up style flexibility as a “pro.”


Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Cost More Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-made faux wood shutters to blinds and shades — particularly those from chain home improvement stores — you’ll probably see that plantation shutters are a little bit more expensive. Right off the bat, you might count that as an automatic con.


But, quality faux wood interior shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, are more expensive because you get so much more out of them. The durability of faux wood means that your shutters will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to be moisture-, pest-, and fire-resistant, and will never become warped, cracked, or yellowed. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t get on cheaper blinds or shades.

Included in the cost of our Polywood shutters, you also purchase a layer of energy efficiency that is unique to the treatment. Just close the shutter louvers and you’ll prevent the heat loss that naturally occurs with your windows. This keeps the temperature more comfortable in your home and stops your thermostat from working overtime. Our shutters even offer an added layer of weather stripping, so you know you’re getting maximum energy efficiency.


Pro: Faux Wood Shutters Are Guaranteed To Last A Lifetime

Comfortable living room with our Polywood shutters in Indianapolis.


Our faux wood Polywood shutters have a reputation as one of the most durable shutters on the market for good reason. Our shutters are guaranteed to never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and we back that up with a lifetime warranty. We ensure your faux wood plantation shutters will be just as beautiful and energy efficient as they were when first installed.

Compare that to other window treatments, and you’ll have a new appreciation of the workmanship of premium faux wood plantation shutters. Other treatments will lose slats or become impossible to clean over the years. But Polywood plantation shutters will always look attractive until you decide to take them down.


Con: It Can Take Several Weeks To Custom-Make Your Plantation Shutters

 White shutters in Indianapolis bedroom.  
One benefit of purchasing a set of DIY shades from a home improvement store is that you can install it right after you buy it. However, Polywood shutters are custom-made, and it can take approximately 3-6 weeks for them to be installed. That wait may not be convenient if you’re trying to just fling something up to cover your naked windows.

But having your shutters custom-crafted is worth the wait. Unless your house is newly built, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY treatment won’t fit perfectly, and those gaps and slight imperfections may be evident. A custom-crafted shutter will be sized to the exact dimensions of your window and will fit perfectly in frame, meaning you won’t lose anything in style, functionality or energy efficiency. Also, the custom-fitted route is the only way to go for your specialty windows.


Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One of the benefits of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and prevent the problems with heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your utility bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from other window treatments. Faux wood window treatments are an even better choice because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

Our Polywood shutters are at the height of energy efficiency. They add an additional layer of weather stripping that ensures your louvers close tightly to stop unwanted heat loss. As a result, our Polywood shutters are 70% more efficient than even hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 


Sunburst Is Your Preferred Source For Premium Faux Wood Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, the next step is to call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis. We’ll visit with samples of our popular Polywood faux wood plantation shutters, and you can see how they will enhance your windows for years to come. Call 317-558-9066 to set up your appointment with us.