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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Minneapolis

March 02, 2020

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Minneapolis, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood coverings will last a lifetime without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will start to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It might be hard to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Minneapolis.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be easy to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list looks at the different varieties of faux wood shutters in Minneapolis and rates them from the worst to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl would like you to think that they use faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick finish is hard to blend with a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or basswood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but that’s because they can warp and fade.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl shutters melt or discolor due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their tendency of warping or splitting and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters do not give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Minneapolis
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks plastic; thin construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will often warp, crack or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These treatments are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters feel more substantial and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their less durable counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed grain under the covering can be extremely absorsive, leaving the shutter sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see a warped or splintered louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture rooms. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than most of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers saturate the product, they form thick, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also discover that these treatments are more durable and will function much more like hardwood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-made to fit any window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as good as its faux wood recipe.  Some formulas create a frail product, which can be split during installation. If the mixture doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow over time. Some manufacturers paint their louvers, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Minneapolis

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its patented formula is like real wood, but with a density that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood mixture so that the plantation shutter will still look like new for life.  They are even easy to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a wet cloth for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatments available.  In fact, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these shutters are paired with a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment around; looks wonderful in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis Today To Install Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Plantation Shutters

When seeing the good and bad of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's plain to determine that Polywood is number one. Our Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis reps will be happy to show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in the house. To get a complimentary in-home consultation, call 952-856-8130 or send in the form below today!

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