Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Miami

David White

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Miami, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood coverings will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood coverings will start to wear down in just a few years.

It may be tough to figure out what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be easy to see which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list details the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Miami and rates them from the worst to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl would like you to think that they use faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating can be difficult to blend with a decor style, unlike other faux wood or basswood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products on the market, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl shutters melt or fade due to sunlight exposure. Because of their tendency of warping or cracking and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters don’t grant much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Miami
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks plastic; frail construction; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters have more weight and can appear much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed grain under the outer layer can be extremely permeable, leaving the window treatment vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s a common occurance to see a warped or splintered louver or learn that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or cracks easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than most of the alternative non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the product, they have durable, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that these treatments are more durable and will act much more like hardwood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as durable as its faux wood formula.  Some recipes create a frail treatment, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the mixture doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies paint their products, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable product that compares favorably to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Most Popular Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Miami

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its patented formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We include a UV inhibitor into the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will always stay looking great for year after year.  They are even a snap to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also constructed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentson the market.  By comparison, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And these plantation shutters include a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment available; looks nice in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than hollow vinyl shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Miami Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Plantation Shutters

When looking at the pros and cons of the available faux wood plantation shutters, you can definately tell that Polywood is the best. Our Sunburst Shutters Miami representatives will be happy to show you the perks of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they will work in any room in the house. To get a free in-home consultation, call 305-520-7515 or fill out the form below today!