Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Fort Myers

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Fort Myers, they are not all 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 few year’s time.

It can be difficult to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be much easier to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Fort Myers and orders them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are disguised as a faux wood treatment.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer is tough to match to a decor style, unlike other faux wood or real wood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but they also are the least durable of the non-wood treatments.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or yellow due to the sun’s rays. Because of their tendency of warping or cracking and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters won’t provide much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Fort Myers
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy construction; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; will warp, splinter or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These treatments are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can look much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their less durable counterparts.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed grain under the outer layer can be extremely permeable, leaving the treatment to be vulnerable 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 cannot be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will absorb 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 made from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material saturate the window treatment, they create more substantial, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that these shutters are more durable and will act much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

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

  • Benefits:

    More durable treatment that is most comparable to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Fort Myers

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood compound that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its proprietary formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a material that resists moisture. We include a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will always stay looking nice for year after year.  They are even a snap to clean -- you only need a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In fact, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these benefits accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment around; looks nice in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers Today To Get Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Plantation Shutters

When seeing the pros and cons of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, it's simple to tell that Polywood is the best option. Our Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers experts are ready to show you the perks of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will enhance any room in your house. To book a free in-home consultation, call 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below today!