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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you may not have any idea 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 Virginia Beach, what is it that you’re really using in your house?

Virginia Beach faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. Here’s what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always advertised as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is actually just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of composite materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or energy loss, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated exposure to the sun.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and poor insulators.

Though you may think you’re helping your bottom line when you choose faux wood window treatments, are you really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after a short while? Do you benefit much from a window treatment that doesn’t help make 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 usually 3 things you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter:

  • Resilient, moisture-proof material

  • No glued material on a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where traditional faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood pulp and vinyl, Polywood shutters are made from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the most extreme elements and take punishment that most shutters can’t.

In addition, Polywood is totally solid, so they’re not only more durable and immune to cracking or chipping, but also better insulators to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

Interior shutters in Virginia Beach bedroom.

And unlike the majority of faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders may try to market their faux wood shutters as some sort of “poly” material, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Virginia Beach’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Virginia Beach today. Set up a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 757-210-6448.