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What are Faux Wood Shutters?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, from siding to flooring to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you may not have any idea what you have. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Austin, what are you actually using in your house?

Austin faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Austin can help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is usually advertised as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just composite wood, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of composite materials aren’t durable, aren’t able to block sound or heat loss, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated exposure to UV rays.

What’s 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 staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your house more cozy or your utility bills lower?

Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

family room Austin faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 3 qualities you should be on the look for in a high quality faux wood shutter:

  • Sturdy, moisture-proof material

  • No glued material on a wood pulp base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where most faux wood falls short. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are constructed from our patented Polywood extruded material, created to weather the most extreme elements and take punishment that would make most shutters break down.

Polywood shutters are also 100% solid, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your house nice and cozy.

Plantation shutters in Austin bedroom.

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

Some salespeople may try to market their product as a similar “poly” material, but know that there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Austin’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to graduate from off-the-shelf faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, send a line to Sunburst Austin today. Set up a no-strings-attached consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 512-549-6077.

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