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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Washington DC

January 14, 2020

Custom-fitted faux wood shutters may seem like a good option, but it’s sometimes tough to make a change without looking at all sides of the issue. Just what are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Washington DC?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Complement Multiple Design Schemes

Airy sunroom with interior shutters in Washington DC.

Plantation shutters feature louvers that move up and down, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used interior shutters for decades to control sun glare and airflow. Shutters have been incorporated into almost every design trend, from ultra-spartan minimalism to more eclectic designs. Their functionality, clean lines, and neutral appearance will change your home from an outdated one to one that works better for your current needs.

The capability of shutters to conform to any design scheme is particularly useful when they are constructed from faux wood. Unlike aluminum blinds that will show their age through yellowing and cracking, our Polywood shutters last a lifetime. So when you update your house and redo all your other design elements, you won’t have to add in the additional expense of window treatments.

When evaluating the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Washington DC, you should definitely mark style flexibility down as a “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Cost Slightly More Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-crafted faux wood interior shutters to other window treatments — particularly those from big-box home improvement stores — you’ll likely notice that plantation shutters are slightly more expensive. At first glance, you might view that as an immediate con.

But you should know that quality faux wood plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. Our durable faux wood plantation shutters will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to be moisture-, pest-, and fire-resistant, and will never be warped or discolored. As a matter of fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — something you won’t see on cheaper window treatments.

Included in the cost of faux wood plantation shutters, you also purchase a an energy-efficient layer that is unique to the treatment. Just close the shutter louvers and you’ll prevent the heat loss that naturally takes place with your windows. This keeps the temperature more comfortable in your home and helps your thermostat keep up with the weather. Our Polywood shutters even offer an added layer of weather stripping, so you know you’re getting maximum energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Shutters Can Last A Lifetime

Warm living room with our Polywood shutters in Washington DC.

Our faux wood Polywood shutters have a reputation as one of the most durable interior shutters on the market for excellent reason. We guarantee that our shutters will never fade, yellow, splinter, crack or warp, and back that up with a lifetime warranty. We ensure your faux wood plantation shutters will be as beautiful and energy efficient as they were when first installed on your windows.

Compare that to other treatments, and you’ll have a new understanding of the craftsmanship of premium faux wood shutters. blinds or shades will start to lose slats or become dingy and discolored over the years. But Polywood plantation shutters will always look wonderful until you decide to take them down.

Con: It Can Take 3-6 Weeks To Craft Your Shutters  
White shutters in Washington DC bedroom.

One of the benefits of purchasing a set of DIY blinds from a chain store is that you can toss it up the same day you buy it. However, faux wood plantation shutters are usually custom-fitted and can take 3-6 weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time they are installed. That timeframe may not work if you’re trying to just slap something up to cover your naked windows.

But having your shutters custom-made is worth the wait. Even if your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY treatment won’t fit perfectly, and gaps may stand out. On the other hand,a custom-made plantation shutter will be sized to the exact dimensions of your window and will fit right up against the window frame, meaning you won’t lose anything in style, functionality or energy efficiency. Also, the custom-crafted method is the only way to go for your specialty windows.

Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One of the benefits of plantation shutters is that they help stop airflow and prevent heat loss. This helps to keep your home comfortable and your utility bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from other window treatments. Faux wood shutters are even better because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

The pinnacle of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add an additional layer of weather stripping that ensures your louvers close tightly to prevent unwanted heat loss. As a result, our Polywood shutters are 70% more efficient than even hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 

Sunburst Is Your Source For Quality Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you’ve evaluated the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, give Sunburst Shutters DC a call. We’ll bring samples of our popular Polywood faux wood plantation shutters, and you can see how they will improve your windows for years to come. Give us a call at 240-339-2588 to set up your in-home consultation with us.