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Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In San Jose

March 02, 2020

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters available in San Jose, they don’t have the same quality.  While some faux wood shutters will last virtually forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood coverings will start to wear down in just a few year’s time.

It may be hard to determine what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But once you know about the different types of faux wood, it will be easier to figure out which interior shutter is built to last.

The following list examines the different varieties of faux wood shutters in San Jose and rates them from the the least durable to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl are misrepresented as a faux wood covering.  But don’t be deceived, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and shiny veneer can be difficult to integrate into a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood shutters.  These treatments may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products around, but they also are the least durable of the non-wood shutters.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl window treatments melt or yellow due to sunlight exposure. Because of their practice of warping or splintering and their poor insular nature, vinyl shutters do not grant much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if you have hollow louvers.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in San Jose
  • Benefits:

    Least expensive of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; frail materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will warp, crack or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are made of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters have more weight and can seem much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their vinyl counterparts.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have some problems. The pressed grain under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the shutter exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see a warped or splintered louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not great for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; synthetic wrap can chip away; warps or cracks easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials are more durable than any of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the shutter, they create thick, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also find that these shutters generally last longer and will perform much more like hardwood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-crafted to fit every window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded shutter is only as well-made as its faux wood formula.  Some formulas create a frail product, which can be split by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then your window treatments will fade and yellow from the sun. Some manufacturers paint their louvers, which also brings about chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial shutter that works like a real-wood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

Polywood® Shutters Are The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in San Jose

Polywood plantation shutters are constructed from an very durable extruded faux wood compound that will never warp, chip, crack, or fade.  Its patented formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a composite that withstands moisture. We include a UV inhibitor with the faux wood composite so that the plantation shutter will keep looking great for life.  They are even a snap to clean -- only use a duster for routine work, and a wet cloth for stubborn dirt.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be one the most energy-efficient window treatments you can buy.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also include a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient plantation shutter around; looks nice in any decor.

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

Contact Sunburst Shutters San Jose Today To Get Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When looking at the pros and cons of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, you can easily tell that Polywood is the best. Our Sunburst Shutters San Jose reps are ready to show you the benefits of our Polywood shutters, and how they can help any window in your house. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below today!

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