There are a lot of faux wood plantation shutters available, but how do you tell the difference between good faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for decades and faux wood shutters that might need to be removed within a short amount of time?
Just look at the faux wood shutter’s construction and technicalities such as its sturdiness, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
Any type of faux wood plantation shutters look great when first put up. However, shutters that are crafted with lower-quality materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will bow, chip, splinter, or yellow. You won’t want inferior faux wood shutters in high-traffic spaces or in spaces that have high heat, cold, or humidity.
Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is created from solid compounds that is made so it won’t warp, yellow or degrade. Its synthetic structure allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or extreme temperature areas. And while it may be hard to know if a faux wood is high-quality at first, you can always look at the warranty. Companies that show a lifetime guarantee will back their shutters because they only use the highest quality of materials.
Good faux wood is easy to clean
Dusting is pretty much similar for every faux wood window treatments. But in-depth cleaning will pose tougher issues. Vinyl and comparable materials will absorb some moisture when scrubbed with a wet rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are more difficult to clean.
Manufacturers that sell quality shutters know that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood uses a finish that is simple to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters seem just as clean as they did when they were installed. Good faux wood is completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it can come off with a damp rag or spray cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
When you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should experience a definite change in air flow and heat transfer. The solid louvers and impenetrable composites will help block UV rays that increases the temperature and air transfer that can freeze you out. Top graded faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency by adding in UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with an inferior material will not demonstrate similar energy efficiency benefits. Shutters with shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. Over time, inferior shutters can begin to sag and make gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you bought a subpar faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.
Call a Miami Sunburst rep and pick a great faux wood plantation shutter
Picking a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. However, our Sunburst representatives can bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can choose the right plantation shutter for your windows. To book a no-cost in-home consultation, call 305-520-7515 today.