What are Faux Wood Shutters?

David White

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, from furniture to flooring to window coverings. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but looks like it.” Other than that, you don’t really have any idea what you have. So if you’re on the hunt for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Miami, what is it that you’re actually using in your house?

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Sunburst Shutters Miami will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you should know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Great To Third-Rate

Faux wood is usually sold as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is actually just composite wood, which is a combination of wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block sound or heat, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated sun exposure.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chips and cracks, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

So while you may think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help keep your home more cozy or your energy 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 be on the look for in a great faux wood shutter:

  • Resilient, waterproof material

  • No vinyl material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood pulp and adhesive, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the most extreme elements and stand up to punishment that other shutters can’t.

Polywood shutters are also completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your house nice and cozy.

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And unlike many faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders may try to market their product as a similar “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Miami’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you’re ready to move on from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Miami today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 305-520-7515.