Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In New Brunswick

Mike Horn

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in New Brunswick, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood treatments will start to break down in just a few years.

It might be difficult to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be easy to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list details the different kinds of faux wood shutters in New Brunswick and orders them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl want you to believe that they are using faux wood.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is tough to match to a your decor, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  They may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but they also may be the flimsiest of the non-wood treatments.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl window treatments melt or discolor due to the sun’s rays. Because of their tendency of warping or splitting 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 New Brunswick
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; thin construction; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, splinter or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These coverings are made of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The window treatments are heavier and can seem much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the shutter exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find 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 ovals.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture areas. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; wrapping can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than most of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the product, they form thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that these treatments last longer on average and will function much more like basswood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-crafted to fit any window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as well-made as its faux wood formula.  Some recipes create a fragile product, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow over time. Some companies need to paint their products, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that is most comparable to a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then You Have Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in New Brunswick

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an extremely durable extruded faux wood formula that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its patented formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a material that repels moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the plantation shutter will always stay looking nice for life.  They are even simple to clean -- only use a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentson the market.  In fact, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And these Polywood shutters are paired with a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient plantation shutter available; looks nice in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Contact Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Shutters

When comparing the benefits and drawbacks of the available faux wood plantation shutters, it's easy to see that Polywood is the clear winner. Our Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick experts are ready to show you the advantages of our Polywood shutters, and how they will enhance any window in your house. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below today!