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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you may not know what you have. So if you’re on the hunt for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in New York, what is it that you’re actually using in your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters New York will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always sold as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is actually just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t resilient, aren’t able to block sound or energy loss, and will almost always fade and lose their color after prolonged sun exposure.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, 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 really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after just two years? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help keep your house more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are typically 3 things you should look for in a good faux wood shutter:

  • Durable, moisture-proof material

  • No wrapped material on a wood chip base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are constructed from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that other shutters can’t.

In addition, Polywood is totally solid, so they’re not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space nice and cozy.

White shutters in New York bedroom.

And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shops may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get New York’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to graduate from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, contact Sunburst New York today. Schedule a design consultation using the form below or call us at 631-246-3930.