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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Chicago

January 14, 2020

Custom-fitted faux wood shutters may appear like a good option, but it can be tough to decide what to do without looking at the issue from every angle. What are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Chicago?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Complement Many Design Schemes

Airy sunroom with interior shutters in Chicago.

Plantation shutters feature large louvers that can be adjusted with a tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for decades to help regulate light and airflow. They have been used in almost every design trend, from ultra-spartan minimalism to more eclectic design styles. Their functionality, simple lines, and design neutrality will change your house from an outdated style to one that is a better fit for your needs.

The ability of interior shutters to conform to any design scheme is particularly evident when they are constructed from faux wood. Unlike other treatments, like aluminum blinds, that will yellow and crack as they age, faux wood shutters last a lifetime. So when you update your house and change out everything else, you won’t have to worry about the additional expense of new window treatments.

When evaluating 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 Are Slightly More Expensive Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood interior shutters to other window treatments — particularly those from big-box home improvement stores — you’ll likely notice that plantation shutters are a little bit more expensive. At first glance, 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 durable faux wood shutters 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.

With the cost of faux wood plantation 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 maintains a constant temperature in your home and helps your thermostat keep up with the weather. Our shutters even go 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 reason that our faux wood Polywood shutters are known as one of the most durable types of shutters on the market. 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 as beautiful and efficient as they were when first installed.

Compare that to blinds or shades, and you’ll have a new understanding of the craftsmanship of premium faux wood plantation 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 purchasing a set of DIY shades 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 several weeks weeks for them to be installed. That may not be convenient if you’re trying to just cover a window before your mother-in-law visits this weekend.

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 treatment won’t fit perfectly, and gaps may be evident. But,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-crafted route 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 plantation shutters are a step up because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

Our Polywood shutters are at the height of energy efficiency. They add another layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers lock in tight to block 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 Source For Premium Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, the next step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Chicago. We’ll bring you 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.