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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from siding to floors to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Hartford, what is it that you’re really using in your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters Connecticut is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. This is what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish

Faux wood is almost always sold 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. The vast majority of faux wood is really just composite wood, which is a mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t resilient, can’t really block sound or heat, and will almost always fade and lose their color after repeated UV exposure.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

So while you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help make your house more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Fortunately, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

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

  • Durable, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material around a wood chip base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

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

Polywood shutters are also completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home nice and cozy.

White shutters in Hartford bedroom.

And unlike many faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Hartford’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Hartford today. Get a design consultation using the form below or call us at 860-266-5459.