Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Fort Lauderdale

Danielle Micich

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Fort Lauderdale, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood coverings will last forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood shutters will begin to degrade in just a short amount of time.

It may be tough to figure out what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to tell which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list examines the different varieties of faux wood shutters in Fort Lauderdale and rates them from the least ideal to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl want you to think that they use faux wood.  But make no mistake, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to integrate into a decor style, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  These treatments may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products on the market, but that’s because they don’t last very long.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to the sun’s rays. Because of their tendency of warping or splitting and their poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; flimsy construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will warp, chip or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters are heavier and can appear much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely absorsive, leaving the shutter vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to find a warped or splintered louver or find that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splits easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than any of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material saturate the window treatment, they have more substantial, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also find that these shutters generally last longer and will act much more like hardwood plantation 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 good as its synthetic formula.  Some mixtures create a brittle product, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the mixture doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies paint their products, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial product that works like a hardwood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Popular Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale

Polywood plantation shutters are constructed from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula is like real wood, but with a density that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will keep looking nice for decades to come.  They are even simple to clean -- just a duster for normal work, and a wet cloth for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these advantages come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against cracking, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient plantation shutter around; looks great in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale Today To Get Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When comparing the benefits and drawbacks of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, it's easy to see that Polywood is the best option. Our Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale representatives are ready to show you the perks of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any room in the house. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 561-440-8535 or send in the form below today!