What are Faux Wood Shutters?

Danielle Micich

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from furniture to floors to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you don’t really have any idea 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 Lauderdale, what is it that you’re actually buying for your house?

Fort Lauderdale faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is typically advertised as a more affordable 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 engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block sound or heat, and will most likely fade and discolor after repeated sun exposure.

What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, and poor insulators.

So while you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Are you getting much out of a window treatment that doesn’t help make your house more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

living room Fort Lauderdale faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Solid, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material on a wood pulp base

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are made from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy.

Fort Lauderdale master bedroom faux wood shutters

And unlike most faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some window treatment shops may try to market their product as a similar “poly” material, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Fort Lauderdale’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, get in touch with Sunburst Fort Lauderdale today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 561-440-8535.