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What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from furniture to flooring to window coverings. Really, all faux wood means is “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you don’t really know what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in New Brunswick, what is it that you’re really buying for your windows?

New Brunswick faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To Rubbish

Faux wood is usually advertised as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, can’t really block sound or energy loss, and will usually fade and lose their color after prolonged exposure to the sun.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, making them weaker, prone to chipping or breaking, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows.

So while you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you really benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your house more comfortable or your utility bills lower?

Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a Faux Wood Shutter

There are 3 qualities you should look for in a great faux wood shutter:

  • Resilient, moisture-proof material

  • No vinyl material on a wood chip base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are built from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, created to weather the harshest elements and take punishment that most shutters aren’t able to.

Polywood shutters are also completely solid all the way through, so they’re not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

Plantation shutters in New Brunswick bedroom.

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

Some shops may try to market their product as some sort of “poly” compound, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get New Brunswick’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, contact Sunburst New Brunswick today. Set up a design consultation using the form below or call us at 732-301-6168.