Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In New York City

Matt Thelander

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in New York City, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will start to break down in just a few year’s time.

It might be difficult to figure out what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But as you learn about the different varieties of faux wood, it will be easy to figure out which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in New York City and rates them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl want you to think that they are made from faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to blend with a your decor, unlike quality faux wood or hardwood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but they also can be the most insubstantial of the non-wood coverings.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or discolor due to sunlight exposure. Because of their tendency of warping or splintering and their poor insular nature, vinyl shutters do not give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in New York City
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; will warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters have more weight and can seem much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed grain under the wrapping can be extremely absorsive, leaving the treatment to be sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to find a warped or splintered louver or discover that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or splits easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood are more durable than most of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the shutter, they have more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that these shutters are more durable and will act much more like basswood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as well-made as its faux wood formula.  Some formulas create a fragile product, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow over time. Some manufacturers paint their louvers, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that is most comparable to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in New York City

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its unique formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor into the faux wood composite so that the entire shutter will always stay looking great for life.  They are even simple to clean -- only use a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In fact, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these benefits accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters New York Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Plantation Shutters

When looking at the good and bad of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your best choice. Our Sunburst Shutters New York experts will show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in the house. To book a complimentary in-home consultation, call 631-246-3930 or complete the form below today!