What’s in a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Holly Perron “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, from furniture to flooring to window coverings. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Aside from that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re looking for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Hartford, what is it that you’re actually using in your home?Sunburst Shutters Hartford will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. Here’s what you need to know.Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To RubbishFaux wood is usually presented as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or energy loss, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated exposure to the sun.Even worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, 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 benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after just two years? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help make your space more comfortable or your energy bills lower?Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same. What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood ShutterThere are 3 qualities you should look for in a faux wood shutter:Durable, waterproof material No vinyl material around a wood chip baseAn extended or lifetime warrantySunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our patented Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the most extreme elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters shatter.In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, so they’re not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy.And unlike most faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.Some shutter builders may try to market their product as a similar “poly” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.Get Hartford’s Best Faux Wood ShuttersIf you’re ready to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, get in touch with Sunburst Hartford today. Get a no-strings-attached consultation using the form below or call us at 860-266-5459.