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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from furniture to floors to window coverings. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you don’t really know what you’re working with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Indianapolis, what are you really buying for your home?

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Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always advertised as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a good amount 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, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t resilient, can’t really block sound or heat loss, and will usually fade and yellow after prolonged exposure to the sun.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making them weaker, prone to defects, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

Though you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your house more cozy or your energy bills lower?

Luckily, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 3 qualities you should look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Solid, waterproof material

  • No wrapped material around a wood chip base

  • An extended 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 adhesive, Polywood shutters are built from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to weather the harshest elements and take punishment that would make other shutters shatter.

Polywood shutters are also 100% solid, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

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And unlike many faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders may try to market their faux wood shutters as some sort of “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Indianapolis’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to graduate from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Indianapolis today. Schedule a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 317-558-9066.