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Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Austin

January 14, 2020

Custom-made faux wood plantation shutters may appear appealing, but it can be difficult to make a change without evaluating all aspects of the issue. What are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Austin?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Complement Multiple Design Schemes

Sunroom with interior shutters in Austin.

Plantation shutters feature large louvers that can be adjusted, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used plantation shutters for years to help control sun glare and airflow. Shutters have been used in almost every design trend, from minimalistic to more eclectic designs. Their practical functionality, streamlined look, and neutral design assist you in changing your home from a dated style to one that is a better fit for your needs.

The capability of shutters to complement any type of décor is particularly evident when they are constructed from faux wood. Unlike aluminum blinds that will become discolored and cracked with age, faux wood shutters are guaranteed to last a lifetime. So when you update your rooms and revamp furniture, flooring, paint, and lighting fixtures, you won’t have to worry about the extra expense of new window treatments.

When considering the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in Austin, you should definitely put flexibility as a firm “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Slightly More Expensive Than Other Window Treatments

When comparing custom-fitted faux wood plantation shutters to blinds and shades — especially those from chain home improvement stores — you’ll probably see that plantation shutters are slightly more expensive. Right off the bat, you could consider that as a con.

But you should know that quality faux wood interior shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. The durability of faux wood means that your shutters will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to resist moisture, pests, and fire, and will never be warped or discolored. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — something you won’t find on cheaper window treatments.

With the cost of faux wood plantation shutters, you also purchase a an energy-efficient layer that is unique to the treatment. Just close the shutter louvers and you’ll stop the heat loss that naturally happens with your glass windows. This maintains a constant temperature in your home and may even help lower your utility bills. Our plantation shutters even go one step further with an added layer of weather stripping, so you can be sure to get the highest degree of energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Shutters Are Guaranteed To Last A Lifetime

Cozy living room with Polywood shutters in Austin.

Our faux wood Polywood shutters are known as one of the most durable shutters on the market for excellent reason. Our shutters are guaranteed to never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and we back that up with a lifetime warranty. Your faux wood plantation shutters will be just as beautiful and efficient as they were when first installed.

Compare that to other window treatments, and you’ll have a new appreciation of the craftsmanship of quality faux wood plantation shutters. other window treatments will start to lose slats or become difficult to clean after a few years. But Polywood shutters will always look attractive until you decide to uninstall them.

Con: It Can Take 3-6 Weeks To Custom-Make Your Shutters  
Plantation shutters in Austin bedroom.

One benefit of purchasing a DIY window treatment from a big-box store is that you can install it right after you buy it. However, faux wood plantation shutters are usually custom-crafted and can be 3-6 weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time your shutters are installed. That timeframe may not work if you’re trying to cover a window for this weekend’s party.

But having a window treatment custom-made is worth the short wait. Unless your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY window treatment won’t fit perfectly, and slight imperfections may stand out. A custom-fitted shutter will be sized to the exact dimensions of your window and will fit snugly to frame, meaning your window treatments will be elegant, functional, and energy efficient. Also, the custom-crafted route is the only way to go for your specialty shaped windows.

Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One of the benefits of interior shutters is that they help block airflow and prevent the problems with heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your utility bills down and sets plantation shutters apart from other window treatments. Faux wood window treatments are an even better choice because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

Our Polywood shutters are at the pinnacle of energy efficiency. They add an additional layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers lock in tight to prevent unwanted heat loss. Consequently, our Polywood plantation shutters are 70% more efficient than hardwood plantation shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 

Sunburst Is Your Expert Source For Premium Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, the next step is to contact Sunburst Shutters Austin. We’ll bring you samples of our popular Polywood shutters, and you can see how they will enhance your windows for years to come. Just call 512-549-6077 to set up your in-home consultation.

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