Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Oklahoma City

Tyler Jorgensen

There are plenty faux wood plantation shutters out there, but how do you tell the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that seem to crack or chip in just a short amount of time?

The trick is to look at the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters in Oklahoma City 

Good faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp

All new faux wood shutters seem pretty when first installed.  However, shutters that are made with inferior materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to warp, chip, splinter, or discolor.  This is especially true in your everyday rooms or in spaces that have high heat, cold, or moisture.  

High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that don’t disfigure, fade or break.  Its rigid design allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-moisture or extreme temperature rooms.  And while it’s hard to know if a faux wood is a quality faux wood on first glance, you should always check the warranty.  Businesses that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their products because they only use the highest quality of materials.

Polywood Shutters in Family Room in Oklahoma City 

Quality faux wood doesn’t stain

Dusting is pretty much the same for all types of faux wood shutters.  But detailed cleaning comes with another set of problems. Vinyl and comparable materials will soak up some of the water when wiped down with a wet rag.  Some faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and grime so that they are harder to clean.

Manufacturers that sell quality shutters know that faux wood should be easy to clean.  For example, Polywood uses a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, which makes your shutters look just as clean as they did when they were installed.  Good faux wood is also completely moisture resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should come off with a damp rag or multi-purpose dusting spray.

High quality faux wood is energy efficient

As you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should notice a quantifiable difference in air flow and heat loss.  The non-hollow louvers and dense materials will help block outside sun that makes the room toasty and drafts that can cool down the space.  Top graded faux wood plantation shutters, like Polywood shutters, will even go further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.

Window treatments made with a low quality material will not demonstrate the same energy benefits.  Those using shoddy composites or hollow louvers will still promote heat loss. Over time, low quality shutters can begin to sag and make gaps between the louvers.  The key to seeing if you bought a cheaper faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The larger the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.

Polywood Shutters in Oklahoma City Bathroom 

Call a Oklahoma City shutters rep and pick a quality faux wood treatment

Picking a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes feel like a struggle.  However, our Sunburst representatives will show you all our faux wood options, so you can select the right quality faux wood shutter for your rooms.  To book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 405-300-4664 today.