There are a lot of faux wood window treatments out there, but how do you tell the difference between quality faux wood shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, that will last for years and faux wood shutters that will wear out in just a short amount of time?
The trick is to examine the faux wood shutter’s craftsmanship and technicalities such as its durability, finish, and energy efficiency potential.
Good faux wood will never splinter, crack, chip or warp
Most window treatments look pretty when first installed. But shutters that are made with lower-quality materials such as paltry composites, vinyl-wrapped particleboards, or hollow louvers can start to bow, snap, splinter, or fade. Cheap faux wood shutters definitely won’t hold up in heavily used spaces or in spaces that have high heat, cold, or dampness.
High-quality faux wood, like Polywood, is made from solid compounds that won’t bend, yellow or fall apart. The solid louvers allows shutters to prevent bowing, splintering, cracking, and chipping, even in high-humidity or extreme temperature spaces. Checking the warranty should be the most accurate way to tell the quality of a faux wood shutter. Companies that give a lifetime guarantee have faith in their window treatments because they only use the best materials.
Quality faux wood wipes down easily
Dusting will be the same process for every faux wood window treatments. But deep cleaning has different issues. Vinyl and other substandard materials will absorb some liquid when cleaned with a damp rag. Substandard faux wood shutters have finishes that can trap dust and dirt so that they are harder to clean.
Manufacturers that sell quality plantation shutters understand that faux wood should be simple to wipe down. For example, Polywood has a coating that is easy to wipe down quickly, so that your shutters appear spotless. Quality faux wood is also completely water resistant, so if anything gets on the shutter, it should come off with a little water or liquid cleaner.
Good faux wood is energy efficient
As you shut your quality faux wood shutters, you should feel a quantifiable change in air flow and heat transfer. The solid louvers and impenetrable composites will help close out sunlight that heats up a room and drafts that can cool down the space. The top faux wood shutters, like Polywood shutters, will go even further to bolster their energy efficiency through UV inhibitors and weather stripping.
Shutters made with an inferior material doesn’t give you similar energy-saving benefits. Those using shoddy materials or hollow louvers will still allow drafts through. As time goes on, inferior shutters can start to warp and make gaps between the louvers. To see if you bought a subpar faux wood is by finding its R-rating. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the shutter.
Contact your Kingsport shutters rep and get the window treatment for you
Choosing a quality faux wood plantation shutter can sometimes seem like an elusive mission. Good thing our Sunburst representatives can show you all our faux wood options, so you can select the right plantation shutter for your rooms. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 276-685-5343 today.