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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In New Brunswick

March 02, 2020

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in New Brunswick, they are not all the same.  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 may be difficult to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But after you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list looks at 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 veneer is tough to match to a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but they also may be the flimsiest of the non-wood treatments.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl shutters melt or discolor due to the sun’s rays. Because of their tendency of warping or cracking and their poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters do not give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in New Brunswick
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These window treatments 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 vinyl alternatives.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the treatment to be vulnerable 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 octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; can resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture rooms. 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 any of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic material infuse themselves throughout the shutter, they form more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that they generally last longer and will act much more like basswood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted 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 formulas create a fragile shutter, which can be cracked or chipped 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 leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that compares favorably to a real-wood 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 New Brunswick

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its unique 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 formula so that the plantation shutter will always stay looking nice for decades to come.  They are even simple to clean -- just a duster for normal work, and a wet cloth for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatments available.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are made to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these benefits accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient plantation shutter on the market; looks nice in any decor.

  • 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 pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your only choice. Our Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick experts will be happy to show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they can help any window in your house. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 732-301-6168 or fill out the form below today!

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