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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Atlanta

March 02, 2020

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Atlanta, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood shutters will last forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood treatments will start to degrade in just a few years.

It might be tough to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to see which interior shutter is built to last.

The following list examines the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Atlanta and orders them from the least ideal to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl are misrepresented as a faux wood product.  But make no mistake, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to blend with a decor style, unlike quality faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but they also may be the least durable of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl shutters melt or fade due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their tendency of warping or splintering and their poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Atlanta
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; thin construction; hollow louvers; minimal energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These window treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments feel more substantial and can appear much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their less durable alternatives.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed grain under the outer layer can be extremely permeable, leaving the treatment to be sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or splintered louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than most of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material permeate throughout the shutter, they form more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that these shutters generally last longer and will perform much more like basswood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-crafted to fit any window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its faux wood formula.  Some mixtures create a frail shutter, which can be split by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow over time. Some companies paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable shutter that works like 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 Atlanta

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its patented formula is like real wood, but with a composite that repels moisture. We add a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the entire shutter will still look great for life.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for routine work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these Polywood shutters come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient plantation shutter on the market; looks wonderful in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Atlanta Today To Get Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the good and bad of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, you can plainly see that Polywood is the most durable and stylish faux wood. Our Sunburst Shutters Atlanta representatives will be happy to show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in your home. To book a free in-home consultation, call 404-962-8517 or fill out the form below today!

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