Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Kingsport

Jacob Hayes

While you can find plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Kingsport, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will start to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It can be tough to figure out what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But as you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to tell which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list details the different types of faux wood shutters in Kingsport and orders them from the worst to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl are mislabeled as a faux wood product.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is hard to match to a your decor, unlike quality faux wood or real wood shutters.  They may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but that’s because they don’t last very long.

Vinyl can also be easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or discolor due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their habit of warping or cracking and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters don’t provide much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Kingsport
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; can quickly warp, splinter or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These coverings are made of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can appear much more like a real wood plantation shutter than their less durable counterparts.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the window treatment sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or cracked louver or find that the synthetic wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or splits easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters made from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than most of the alternative faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material permeate throughout the product, they create thick, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also discover that they are more durable and will act much more like basswood plantation shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-made to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as good as its synthetic formula.  Some formulas create a brittle shutter, which can be broken during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some manufacturers paint their louvers, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Kingsport

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its patented formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a composite that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will keep looking great for decades to come.  They are even easy to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a damp rag for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In fact, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than regular wood, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also offer a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering around; looks nice in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Kingsport Today To Install Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the available faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your only choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Kingsport representatives will show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they will work in any room in the house. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 276-378-7422 or complete the form below today!