Polywood in a bathroom window

What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Really, it just means “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you might 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 home?

Kingsport faux wood shutters

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 Shoddy

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 chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or heat loss, and will almost always fade and lose their color after repeated exposure to UV rays.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, 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 house more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Fortunately, not every faux wood shutter is made the same.

family room Kingsport faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are typically 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 glue, Polywood shutters are built from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, created to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that most shutters can’t.

In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, 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.

Plantation shutters in Kingsport bedroom.

And unlike the majority of faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders 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. Get a design consultation using the form below or call us at 276-685-5343.