Custom shutters in a living room

Pros and Cons of Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In San Jose

January 14, 2020

Custom-fitted faux wood window treatments may seem like an excellent choice, but it can be difficult to make a change without evaluating all sides of the issue. So, what are the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in San Jose?

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Work Well With Many Design Schemes

Traditional sunroom with interior shutters in San Jose.

Plantation shutters feature large louvers that can be adjusted, usually by a center tilt rod. People have used these types of shutters for ages to control sun glare and airflow. They have been incorporated into almost every design trend, from ultra-spartan minimalism to eclectic styles. Their practical functionality, clean lines, and neutral appearance help you transform your home from a dated style to one that works better for your current needs.

The capability of interior shutters to complement any design style is particularly evident when they are crafted from faux wood. Unlike treatments such as aluminum blinds that will become discolored and cracked with age, faux wood shutters last a lifetime. So when you update your home and redo everything else, you won’t have to budget for the additional expense of window treatments.

When considering the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters in San Jose, you should definitely mark style flexibility down as a “pro.”

Con: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Cost More Than Aluminum Blinds

When comparing custom-fitted faux wood interior shutters to blinds and shades — especially those from chain home improvement stores — you’ll likely notice that custom-fitted shutters cost a little bit more. At the outset, you could count that as a con.

But, quality plantation shutters, like our Polywood® shutters, cost more because you get so much more out of them. The durability of faux wood means that your plantation shutters will last a lifetime. They are guaranteed to resist moisture, pests, and fire, and will never become warped, cracked, or yellowed. In fact, Polywood shutters have a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship — something you won’t get on cheaper blinds or shades.

Along with the cost of our Polywood shutters, you also get a layer of energy efficiency that is characteristic of them. Just close the shutter louvers and you’ll prevent the heat loss that naturally takes place with your windows. This maintains a constant temperature in your home and may even help lower your utility bills. Our plantation shutters even offer an added layer of weather stripping, so you know you’re getting peak energy efficiency.

Pro: Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Guaranteed To Last A Lifetime

Comfortable living room with our Polywood shutters in San Jose.

There’s a good reason that our faux wood Polywood shutters have been called one of the most durable types of shutters on the market. Our shutters will never have any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation, and we back that up with a lifetime warranty. Your Polywood shutters will be as attractive and efficient as they were when first installed on your windows.

Compare that to blinds or shades, and you start to have a new understanding of the workmanship of premium faux wood plantation shutters. Other treatments will start to show their age by losing slats or become dingy and discolored 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 Make Your Faux Wood Shutters  
Plantation shutters in San Jose bedroom.

One benefit of purchasing a set of DIY blinds from a chain store is that you can put it up immediately after you buy it. However, faux wood plantation shutters are usually custom-fitted and can be 3-6 weeks of waiting from the time your windows are measured to the time your shutters are installed. That wait may not work if you’re attempting to just slap something up to cover your naked windows.

But having a window treatment custom-crafted is worth the wait. Even if your house is a new build, your window may not be 100% square. Therefore, a DIY treatment won’t fit properly, and those gaps and slight imperfections may stand out. On the other hand,a custom-crafted plantation shutter will be crafted to the exact dimensions and will fit perfectly in frame, meaning your windows treatments will be the height of style, function, and energy efficiency. Also, the custom-crafted method is the only way to go for your specialty shaped windows.

Pro: Polywood Shutters Are Energy Efficient  

One benefit of interior shutters is that they help stop airflow and mitigate the problems with heat loss. This keeps your home comfortable and your energy bills low and sets plantation shutters apart from blinds and shades. Faux wood shutters are even better because of the rigid, non-porous composite materials. 

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

Sunburst Is Your Source For Premium Faux Wood Shutters 

Now that you know the pros and cons of faux wood plantation shutters, contact Sunburst Shutters San Jose. We’ll bring samples of our popular Polywood shutters, and you can see for yourself how they will improve your windows for decades to come. Give us a call at to set up your in-home consultation.

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