Quality Faux Wood Shutters vs Substandard Faux Wood Shutters in New York City05/06/2019Matt Thelander There are plenty faux wood window treatments available, but how do you tell the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will look nice for decades and faux wood shutters that look worse and worse [[over time|as time goes on]39? Just examine the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and specifics such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential. Quality faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp All new faux wood plantation shutters seem attractive when first installed. But shutters that are made with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or flimsy louvers can start to sag, crack, splinter, or yellow. This is definitely apparent in high-traffic rooms or in areas that have variable heat, cold, or humidity. High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that don’t warp, yellow or fall apart. Its rigid design allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in humid or varying-temperature spaces. If you want to see if a faux wood plantation shutter makes the grade or not, just check the warranty. Companies that show a lifetime guarantee will back their shutters because they only use the best materials. Quality faux wood wipes down easily Easy dusting is similar for every faux wood shutters. But detailed cleaning will pose different problems. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some of the water when scrubbed with spray cleaner. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and dirt so that they are almost impossible to keep clean. Manufacturers that make quality shutters know that faux wood should be cleaning friendly. For example, Polywood has a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters appear as if they were just hung. High-caliber faux wood should be completely moisture resistant, so if any muck and grime gets on the shutter, it should come clean with a wet cloth or multi-purpose dusting spray. High quality faux wood is energy efficient When you close your high-quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a quantifiable change in air flow and heat transfer. The thick louvers and impenetrable materials will help block UV rays that makes the room toasty and heat loss that can make a room chilly. The top faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping. Plantation shutters made with a subpar composite doesn’t give you the same energy efficiency benefits. Those using shoddy composites or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. After a few years, inferior shutters can begin to bow and make gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you bought a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Contact your New York City Sunburst rep and get the window treatment for you Choosing a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood shutters, so you can pick the perfect window treatment for your rooms. To set up a no-cost in-home consultation, call 631-246-3930 today.