What are Faux Wood Shutters?12/18/2017Jacob Hayes “Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Really, it just means “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you may not 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 Kingsport, what are you really buying for your house? Sunburst Shutters Kingsport is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. Here’s what you need to know. Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish Faux wood is almost always presented as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just composite wood, which is a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or energy loss, and will almost always fade and lose their color after repeated UV exposure. What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making it even weaker structurally, prone to defects, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows. So while you may think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help keep your space more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Luckily, not every faux wood shutter is made the same. What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter There are usually 3 things you should be on the look for in a high quality faux wood shutter: Durable, waterproof material No wrapped material around a wood pulp base An extended or lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are built from our patented Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters break down. In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home at a comfortable temperature. And unlike most faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty. Some window treatment shops may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Kingsport’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to graduate from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, get in touch with Sunburst Kingsport today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 276-685-5343.