What are Faux Wood Shutters?

Tyler Jorgensen

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than 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 kind of faux wood window treatment in Austin, what are you actually using in your home?

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

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Shoddy

Faux wood is usually advertised as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a large number 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 types of composite materials aren’t durable, aren’t able to block sound or energy loss, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated exposure to UV rays.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making it even weaker structurally, 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 in a few years? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your space more cozy or your utility bills lower?

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

living 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 vinyl material on a wood pulp base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were designed to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made 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.

Austin guest room faux wood shutters

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

Some shops 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 deliver, contact Sunburst Austin today. Set up a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 512-549-6077.