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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with regards to interior design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you don’t really know what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in Atlanta, what are you really buying for your house?

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Sunburst Shutters Atlanta is here to help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. Here’s what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is typically presented as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is actually just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of engineered materials aren’t durable, aren’t able to block sound or energy loss, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated exposure to the sun.

Even worse, many faux wood shutters are made from, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

Though you might think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after just two years? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your home more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 3 things you should be on the look for in a great faux wood shutter:

  • Solid, waterproof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood chip base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and glue, Polywood shutters are constructed from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to weather the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make other shutters shatter.

Polywood shutters are also 100% solid, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home nice and cozy.

White shutters in Atlanta bedroom.

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

Some window treatment shops may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Atlanta’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, send a line to Sunburst Atlanta today. Get a no-strings-attached consultation using the form below or call us at 404-962-8517.