Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Fort Lauderdale05/06/2019Danielle Micich There are many faux wood shutters on the market, but how do you tell the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will hold up over years and faux wood shutters that start to break in just a short amount of time? You need to look at the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and specifics such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential. Quality faux wood doesn’t splinter, crack, chip or warp Any type of window treatments look pretty when first put up. However, shutters that are crafted with shoddy materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers will sag, chip, splinter, or fade. You definitely don’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in high-traffic spaces or in areas that have extreme heat, cold, or moisture. High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that won’t disfigure, discolor or break. The solid louvers allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in high-humidity or varying-temperature spaces. Inspecting the warranty usually is the best way to see the quality of a faux wood shutter. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their window treatments because they only use the most durable materials. Good faux wood wipes down easily Everyday maintenance is pretty much the same for all types of faux wood window treatments. But in-depth cleaning comes with different troubles. Vinyl and other cheap materials will absorb some of the water when scrubbed with spray cleaner. Some faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are harder to keep clean. Manufacturers that produce quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be easy to clean. For example, Polywood has a coating that is simple to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters look magazine worthy. Quality faux wood is completely moisture resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it can wipe off with a damp rag or spray cleaner. Quality faux wood is energy efficient As you lower your quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a definite change in air flow and heat loss. The non-hollow louvers and compressed materials will help close out sunlight that makes the room toasty and drafts that can freeze you out. Top graded faux wood window treatments, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Plantation shutters crafted with a low quality composite doesn’t demonstrate similar energy efficiency benefits. Those using cheap composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. After a few years, inferior shutters can begin to bow and permanently separate the louvers. The way to find out if you purchased a cheaper faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Call a Fort Lauderdale shutters rep and pick a quality faux wood treatment Choosing a good faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like a struggle. Luckily, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood shutters, so you can select the right quality faux wood shutter for your windows. To book a free in-home consultation, call 561-440-8535 today.