Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Atlanta

Dan Taylor

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Atlanta, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood shutters will start to degrade in just a few years.

It might be hard to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be easier to see which interior shutter will always look great.

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

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl present themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating 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 on the market, but they also may be the flimsiest of the non-wood treatments.

Vinyl is also damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or fade due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their tendency of warping or splintering and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters do not provide 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, chip or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

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

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. 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 find 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:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; might resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the product, 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 good as its faux wood formula.  Some mixtures create a frail product, 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 invite 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 unique formula is like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We include a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the entire shutter will still look like new for life.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In fact, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also include a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient plantation shutter available; looks wonderful in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl 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, Polywood clearly is your best choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Atlanta reps are ready to show you the advantages of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in the house. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 404-962-8517 or complete the form below today!