Good Faux Wood Shutters vs Inferior Faux Wood Shutters in Miami05/06/2019David White There are a lot of faux wood 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 Most faux wood plantation shutters seem pretty when first hung. But over time, shutters that are crafted with shoddy materials such as cheap composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or porous louvers will warp, chip, splinter, or fade. You won’t want cheap faux wood shutters in heavily used spaces or in spaces that have high heat, cold, or humidity. Well-made faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that is made so it won’t warp, discolor or fall apart. The solid louvers allows shutters to defy bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, especially in humid or extreme temperature rooms. And while it may be difficult to know if a faux wood is high-quality on first glance, 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 Everyday maintenance will be similar for all types of faux wood shutters. But deep cleaning will pose different issues. Vinyl and comparable materials will absorb some moisture when scrubbed with a damp rag. Substandard faux wood shutters also have coatings that can trap dust and grime so that they are more difficult to clean. Manufacturers that produce quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a coating that is simple to wipe down quickly, which makes 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 wet cloth or liquid cleaner. Quality 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 dense composites will help block outside sun that increases the temperature and drafts that can freeze you out. The top 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 a subpar material will not demonstrate similar energy efficiency benefits. Shutters with shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still let the outside air flow in freely. As time goes on, substandard shutters can begin to sag and leave gaps between the louvers. The key to seeing if you are using a shoddy faux wood is by its R-rating. The larger the number, the better the shutter is at energy efficiency. Call a Miami Sunburst rep and choose the window treatment for you Picking a high-caliber faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. However, our Sunburst representatives will be happy to bring you all our faux wood lines, so you can pick the perfect window treatment for your space. To book a no-cost in-home consultation, call 305-520-7515 today.