Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Minneapolis

George Christ

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Minneapolis, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood coverings will last virtually forever without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will start to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It may be tough to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Minneapolis.  But as you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to tell 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 real wood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but that’s because they can warp and fade.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl window treatments melt or discolor due to sunlight exposure. Because of their tendency of warping or cracking and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters don’t 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; low energy efficiency; will warp, crack or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters have more weight and can seem much more like a traditional 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 porous, leaving the treatment to be sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to see a warped or splintered louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for specialty shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; wrapping can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers saturate the shutter, they form thick, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also discover that these treatments are more durable and will act much more like real wood 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 recipes create a frail product, which can be split during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some manufacturers paint their louvers, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that is most comparable to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Minneapolis

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its proprietary formula is like real wood, but with a density that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will still look great 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 constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these shutters come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window treatment around; looks great in any decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

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