What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017George Christ “Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you may not 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 Minneapolis, what is it that you’re actually using in your house? Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you should know. Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Shoddy Faux wood is almost always sold as a less expensive 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 combination of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t long-lasting, can’t really block noise or heat loss, and will most likely fade and lose their color after prolonged exposure to the sun. Even worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, and less energy efficient. Though you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after a short while? Are you getting much out of a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your home more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Luckily, not every faux wood shutter is made the same. What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter There are typically 3 things you should be on the look for in a good faux wood shutter: Durable, moisture-proof material No wrapped material on a wood pulp base A lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and glue, Polywood shutters are made from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make other shutters shatter. In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy. And unlike most 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” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Minneapolis’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, get in touch with Sunburst Minneapolis today. Get a design consultation using the form below or call us at 952-856-8130.