Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Substandard Faux Wood Shutters in Fort Myers05/06/2019Charlie Cole and Brady Parker There are plenty faux wood window treatments available, but what’s the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that might need to be replaced within a few years? The trick is to look at the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities. Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp Any type of faux wood plantation shutters look pretty when first hung. But shutters that are composed of shoddy materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers can start to warp, crack, splinter, or discolor. This is especially evident in high-traffic spaces or in areas that have variable heat, cold, or dampness. Quality faux wood, like Polywood, is constructed from extruded compounds that don’t disfigure, discolor or degrade. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or extreme temperature rooms. And while it may be difficult to know if a faux wood is durable on first glance, you should always inspect the warranty. Businesses that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials. Good faux wood wipes down easily Easy dusting is pretty much the same process for most faux wood window treatments. However, detailed cleaning comes with another set of troubles. Vinyl and other cheap materials will soak up some of the water when wiped down with spray cleaner. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are more difficult to keep clean. Companies that make quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters appear just as nice as they did when they were installed. High-caliber faux wood should be completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it will come clean with a little water or liquid cleaner. Quality faux wood is energy efficient As you close your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a quantifiable difference in air flow and heat transfer. The non-hollow louvers and dense composites will help close out outside sun that increases the temperature and drafts that can freeze you out. The top faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further in ensuring energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Window treatments crafted with an inferior composite won’t give you the same energy-saving benefits. Shutters with shoddy composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, inferior shutters can begin to bow and permanently separate the louvers. To see if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Contact your Fort Myers representative and get a quality faux wood treatment Picking a high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like a struggle. However, our Sunburst representatives can bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the perfect window treatment for your windows. To book a free in-home consultation, call 239-208-6577 today.