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What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?

December 18, 2017

“Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot with just about any type of household decor, from siding to floors to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you might not have any idea what you’re dealing with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other sort of faux wood window treatment in San Jose, what is it that you’re actually buying for your home?

San Jose faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters San Jose will help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the less great ones. This is what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is usually sold as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just composite wood, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these types of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block sound or energy loss, and will most likely fade and yellow after repeated sun exposure.

What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are made from, making them weaker, prone to chips and cracks, and less energy efficient.

Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Are you getting much out of shutters that don’t help keep your house more comfortable or your energy bills lower?

Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

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What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter

There are typically 3 things you should be on the look for in a great faux wood shutter:

  • Durable, waterproof material

  • No vinyl material on a wood chip base

  • An extended or lifetime warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood pulp and glue, Polywood shutters are built from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make most shutters shatter.

In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to cracking or chipping, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Plantation shutters in San Jose bedroom.

And unlike many faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty.

Some shutter builders may try to market their product as a similar “poly” compound, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get San Jose’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to move on from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, send a line to Sunburst San Jose today. Set up a no-strings-attached consultation using the form below or call us at 916-542-1305.