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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to floors to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you might 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 home?

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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, and will usually fade and lose their color after prolonged UV exposure.

Even worse, many faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, prone to chipping or breaking, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

Though you may think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from 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.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 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

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood pulp and glue, Polywood shutters are made from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the most extreme elements and take punishment that other shutters can’t.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home nice and cozy.

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And unlike most faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some window treatment shops 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.