Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Chicago

Richard Rampton

Custom-crafted faux wood plantation shutters may appear appealing, but it can be 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 Chicago?


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Complement Many Types of Decor

Airy sunroom with interior shutters in Chicago.
Plantation shutters feature large louvers that can be adjusted, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for years to help regulate light and airflow. They have been used in almost every design trend, from minimalistic to more eclectic design styles. Their practicality, simple lines, and design neutrality will change your house from an outdated style to one that works better for your current needs.


The ability of interior shutters to complement any type of décor is particularly evident when they are constructed from faux wood. Unlike treatments such as aluminum blinds that will yellow and crack as they age, faux wood shutters last a lifetime. So when you update your house and redo everything else, you won’t have to add in the additional expense of new window treatments.

When debating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Chicago, you should definitely mark style flexibility down as a “pro.”


Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Cost More Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood interior shutters to other window treatments — particularly those from the big name home improvement stores — you’ll probably see that plantation shutters are a little bit more expensive. At the outset, you might count that as an immediate con.


However, quality faux wood plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. Our faux wood plantation shutters are so durable they will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to resist moisture, pests, and fire, and will never be warped or discolored. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — a guarantee you won’t get on cheaper blinds or shades.

Along with the cost of our Polywood shutters, you also receive a layer of energy efficiency that is unique to the treatment. Just lower the shutter louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally happens with your glass windows. This keeps your rooms feeling more comfortable and stops your thermostat from working overtime. Our Polywood shutters take it one step further with an added layer of weather stripping, so you be confident you’re getting maximum energy efficiency.


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Warm living room with Polywood shutters in Chicago.


There’s a good reason that our faux wood Polywood shutters have been called one of the most durable types of shutters on the market. Our shutters will 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 as beautiful and efficient as they were in the beginning.

Compare that to blinds or shades, and you start to have a new understanding of the craftsmanship of premium faux wood shutters. other window treatments will lose slats or become impossible to clean over the years. But Polywood shutters will always look beautiful until you choose to uninstall them.


Con: It Can Take Several Weeks To Make Your Shutters

 Interior shutters in Chicago bedroom.  
One benefit of buying a DIY window treatment from a home improvement store is that you can put it up right after you buy it. However, Polywood shutters are custom-crafted, and it can take 3-6 weeks for them to be installed. That may not be convenient if you’re trying to cover a window for Friday’s party.

But having a window treatment custom-crafted is worth the negligible wait. Unless your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY blind or shade won’t fit perfectly, and gaps may be evident. On the other hand,a custom-fitted plantation 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-made approach is the only way to go for your specialty windows.


Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Efficient  

One benefit of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and mitigate the problems with heat loss. This helps to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills down and sets plantation shutters apart from other window treatments. Faux wood window treatments are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

The pinnacle of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers lock in tight to block heat loss. The result is a window treatment that’s 70% more efficient than hardwood shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 


Sunburst Is Your Source For Premium Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, give Sunburst Shutters Chicago a call. We’ll bring samples of our popular Polywood faux wood plantation shutters, and you can see for yourself how they will enhance your windows for years to come. Just call 847-250-6544 to set up your in-home consultation.