There are many faux wood window treatments out there, but how do you tell the difference between high-end faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that might need to be removed within a short amount of time?
Just examine the faux wood shutter’s structure and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency capabilities.
Quality faux wood won’t splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most window treatments look attractive when first hung. But over time, shutters that are crafted with shoddy materials such as second-rate composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers may warp, snap, splinter, or fade. This is definitely apparent in your everyday spaces or in spaces that have variable heat, cold, or humidity.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is made from extruded compounds that won’t bend, fade or degrade. The solid louvers allows shutters to withstand bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or extreme temperature rooms. And while it may be difficult to know if a faux wood is durable on the surface, you should always inspect the warranty. Sellers that offer a lifetime guarantee stand behind their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials.
Good faux wood doesn’t stain
Dusting will be the same process for most faux wood shutters. However, deep cleaning comes with another set of issues. Vinyl and other substandard materials will take in some of the water when wiped down with spray cleaner. Some faux wood shutters may have surfaces that can trap dust and dirt so that they are more difficult to clean.
Manufacturers that sell quality shutters know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is a cinch to wipe down quickly, and then your shutters seem just as new as they did on day one. Quality faux wood should be completely water resistant, so no matter what gets on the shutter, it should wipe off 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 remarkable difference in air flow and heat transfer. The solid louvers and compressed composites will help block UV rays that increases the temperature and air transfer that can cool down the space. The best faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will even go further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Window treatments made with a low quality material doesn’t offer the same energy benefits. Those using cheap composites or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, inferior shutters can start to warp and leave gaps between the louvers. To see if you bought a cheaper faux wood is to look at its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter blocks UV rays.
Call a Atlanta representative and choose a quality faux wood treatment
Finding a high-caliber faux wood shutter can sometimes seem like a struggle. Good thing our Sunburst representatives will be happy to show you all our faux wood options, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your space. To schedule a no-cost in-home consultation, call 404-962-8517 today.