Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

Custom-made faux wood shutters may appear like a good option, but it can be difficult to make a decision 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

Traditional sunroom with plantation shutters in Austin.
Plantation shutters feature large louvers that can be adjusted, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for years to control sun glare and airflow. Shutters have been used in almost every design trend, from ultra-spartan minimalism to eclectic designs. Their practical functionality, streamlined look, and neutral design help you transform your home from a dated style to one that works better for your current needs.


The capability of plantation shutters to complement any design scheme is particularly evident when they are constructed from faux wood. Unlike aluminum blinds that will yellow and crack as they 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 add in the additional cost 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-made faux wood plantation shutters to blinds and shades — especially those from chain home improvement stores — you’ll likely notice that plantation shutters cost a little bit more. Right off the bat, you might consider that as an immediate 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 our Polywood 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 keeps your rooms feeling more comfortable 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 maximum energy efficiency.


Pro: Faux Wood Shutters Are Guaranteed To Last A Lifetime

Comfortable living room with Polywood shutters in Austin.


There’s an excellent reason that our faux wood Polywood shutters have been called one of the most durable types of shutters on the market. 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. We ensure your faux wood plantation shutters will be just as beautiful and efficient as they were in the beginning.

Compare that to other window treatments, and you’ll have a new appreciation of the craftsmanship of quality faux wood shutters. other window treatments will lose slats or become impossible 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 of the benefits of buying a set of DIY shades from a big-box store is that you can install it right after you buy it. Faux wood plantation shutters, however, are usually custom-crafted and can take approximately 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 just slap something up to cover your naked windows.

But having a window treatment custom-crafted 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 and will fit right up against frame, meaning your window treatments will be elegant, functional, and energy efficient. Also, the custom-made approach is the only way to go for your specialty shaped windows.


Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Efficient  

One advantage 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 plantation shutters are an even better choice because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

The pinnacle of energy efficiency are our Polywood shutters. They add an additional layer of weather stripping that makes sure your louvers lock in tight to stop unwanted heat loss. The result is a window treatment that’s 70% more efficient than hardwood shutters and over 1200% more efficient than aluminum blinds. 


Sunburst Is Your Expert Source For Premium Faux Wood Plantation Shutters 

Now that you’ve considered the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, reach out to 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. Call 512-549-6077 to set up your appointment with us.