Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in Austin, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without chipping, warping, or fading, other faux wood shutters will begin to break down in just a few year’s time.

It might be hard to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But as you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to tell which interior shutter is built to last.

The following list looks at the different varieties of faux wood shutters in Austin and rates them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are misrepresented as a faux wood treatment.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer can be difficult to integrate into a decor style, unlike some other faux wood or real wood shutters.  They may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products on the market, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl shutters melt or fade due to extensive exposure to the sun. Since these window treatments warp, fade, and have poor insular characteristic, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the shutter uses hollow shutters.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Austin
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These coverings are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters feel more substantial and can look much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

Unfortunately, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed material under the wrapping can be extremely permeable, leaving the treatment to be exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to find a warped or cracked louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters won’t be custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; may 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 splits easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded synthetic materials are more durable than any of the other non-wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers saturate the product, they have more substantial, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that they last longer on average and will act much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-fitted to fit any window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its faux wood recipe.  Some recipes create a frail product, which can be cracked or chipped by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow over time. Some manufacturers paint their shutters, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

The Most Popular Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Austin

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an very durable extruded faux wood formula that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its proprietary formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a material that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood composite so that the plantation shutter will still look like new for decades to come.  They are even a snap to clean -- only use a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be one the most energy-efficient window treatmentson the market.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these perks accompany a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other plantation shutter offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window covering around; looks wonderful in any style and decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters Austin Today To Get Long-Lasting, Elegant Polywood Plantation Shutters

When seeing the pros and cons of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, you can plainly see that Polywood is superior to other faux woods. Our Sunburst Shutters Austin reps are ready to show you the advantages of our Polywood shutters, and how they will work in any room in your house. To get a no cost in-home consultation, call 512-549-6077 or send in the form below today!