Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Chicago

Richard Rampton

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Chicago, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood treatments will start to degrade in just a short amount of time.

It can be difficult to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Chicago.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be easy to tell which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list details the different varieties of faux wood shutters in Chicago and rates them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl disguise themselves as faux wood.  But make no mistake, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick finish is hard to match to a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or hardwood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but that’s because they can warp and fade.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or yellow due to sunlight exposure. Because of their habit of warping or splintering and their poor insular nature, vinyl shutters do not grant much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Chicago
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These window treatments are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments have more weight and can look much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely porous, leaving the shutter exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to see a warped or cracked louver or learn that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; wrapping can chip away; warps or splits easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than most of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers saturate the product, they create thick, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that these treatments are more durable and will act much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its synthetic recipe.  Some recipes create a fragile shutter, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow over time. Some companies paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that is most comparable to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Chicago

Polywood plantation shutters are constructed from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We include a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will always stay looking nice for year after year.  They are even easy to clean -- only use a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And these plantation shutters come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient plantation shutter available; looks nice in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Chicago Today To Install Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Shutters

When seeing the pros and cons of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's easy to see that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters Chicago experts will be happy to show you the perks of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in your home. To book a free in-home consultation, call 847-250-6544 or send in the form below today!