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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around with regards to interior design, from furniture to flooring to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you might not have any idea what you have. So if you’re on the hunt for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Washington DC, what is it that you’re actually buying for your windows?

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Sunburst Shutters DC will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. This is what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is almost always sold as a more inexpensive 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 composite wood, which is a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or energy loss, and will almost always fade and yellow after prolonged UV exposure.

Even worse, many faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making them weaker, prone to defects, and poor insulators.

Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help make your space more comfortable or your utility bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

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What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are typically 3 things you should look for in a faux wood shutter:

  • Resilient, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material on a wood pulp base

  • A lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood chips and adhesive, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, created to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters break down.

Polywood shutters are also completely solid all the way through, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home nice and cozy.

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

Some salespeople may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Washington DC’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, contact Sunburst Washington DC today. Schedule a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 240-339-2588.