There are plenty faux wood shutters out there, but is there a difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that will need to be replaced within a few years?
The trick is to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
All new faux wood shutters look attractive when first installed. But shutters that are made with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers will sag, snap, splinter, or yellow. This is even more apparent in high-traffic rooms or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or moisture.
Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that don’t warp, fade or degrade. The solid louvers allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-moisture or varying-temperature areas. Looking at the warranty should be the easiest way to see the durability of a faux wood shutter. Sellers that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the most durable materials.
Quality faux wood wipes down easily
Dusting is pretty much similar for every faux wood window treatments. But in-depth cleaning has different troubles. Vinyl and other substandard materials will soak up some of the water when wiped down with a damp rag. Substandard faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and grime so that they are more difficult to keep clean.
Companies that produce quality shutters know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters appear always clean. Quality faux wood is also completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
Quality faux wood is energy efficient
As you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a remarkable difference in air flow and heat transfer. The non-hollow louvers and impenetrable composites will help block UV rays that makes the room toasty and drafts that can make a room chilly. The top faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will even go further in ensuring energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with a low quality material will not give you the same energy efficiency benefits. Shutters with second-rate composites or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. Over time, low quality shutters can begin to warp and make gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a cheaper faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Contact your Chicago Sunburst rep and choose the window treatment for you
Picking a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like an impossible task. However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can pick the right quality faux wood shutter for your space. To book a free in-home consultation, call 847-250-6544 today.