There are plenty faux wood shutters out there, but is there a difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that will need to be replaced within a short amount of time?
The trick is to pay attention to the faux wood shutter’s construction and specifics such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of window treatments seem pretty when first put up. However, shutters that are crafted with lower-quality materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will sag, chip, splinter, or yellow. You definitely don’t want low-quality faux wood shutters in high-traffic spaces or in climates that have high heat, cold, or humidity.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that won’t disfigure, yellow 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 will be the easiest way to tell the quality of a faux wood shutter. Businesses that show a lifetime guarantee will back their shutters because they only use the most durable materials.
Good faux wood wipes down easily
Dusting is pretty much the same for all types of faux wood shutters. But deep cleaning comes with different troubles. Vinyl and other cheap materials will soak up some liquid when scrubbed with spray cleaner. Some faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dirt and stains so that they are harder to keep clean.
Manufacturers that produce quality shutters know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a coating that is easy to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters appear magazine worthy. Good faux wood is completely moisture resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it will wipe off with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
Good 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 heats up a room 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.
Window treatments crafted with a low quality composite will not demonstrate similar energy-saving benefits. Those using cheap composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. After a few years, inferior shutters can begin to warp 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. However, 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 complimentary in-home consultation, call 561-440-8535 today.