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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Kingsport

March 02, 2020

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Kingsport, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood shutters will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood treatments will start to wear down in just a short amount of time.

It can be hard to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But once you know about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be much easier to figure out 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 disguise themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to match to a your decor, unlike quality faux wood or real wood shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or discolor due to the sun’s rays. Because of their habit of warping or splitting and their poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Kingsport
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks 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 window treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters have more weight 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 discover 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:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not preferable 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 constructed from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than any of the alternative faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material permeate throughout the shutter, they have thick, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also discover that these treatments are more durable and will function 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 durable as its synthetic formula.  Some formulas create a fragile product, which can be broken during installation. If the mixture doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments 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 formulation of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Kingsport

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its patented formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a density that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the entire shutter will always stay looking great for life.  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 constructed to be the most energy-efficient window treatments you 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 all these benefits accompany 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 Get Your Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When comparing the pros and cons of the available faux wood plantation shutters, you can plainly see that Polywood is the most durable and stylish faux wood. Our Sunburst Shutters Kingsport reps will show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they will work in any room in your home. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 276-685-5343 or complete the form below today!

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