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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with regards to interior design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Aside from that, you don’t really know what you’re working with. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Fort Myers, what is it that you’re really using in your windows?

Fort Myers faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. Here’s what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always advertised as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is actually just composite wood, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of composite materials aren’t resilient, can’t really block noise or energy loss, and will almost always fade and yellow after prolonged exposure to the sun.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and poor insulators.

So while you may think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after a short while? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help make your space more comfortable or your utility bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

living room Fort Myers faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are typically 3 qualities you should look for in a great faux wood shutter:

  • Durable, waterproof material

  • No glued material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and adhesive, Polywood shutters are built from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, created to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters shatter.

Polywood shutters are also totally solid, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space nice and cozy.

Interior shutters in Fort Myers bedroom.

And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some salespeople may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Fort Myers’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, get in touch with Sunburst Fort Myers today. Schedule a design consultation using the form below or call us at 239-208-6577.