Whats in a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Neil Blackwelder “Faux wood” is a phrase that gets used a lot when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but similar to it.” Other than that, you may not have any idea what you have. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other kind of faux wood window treatment in Charlotte, what are you really using in your windows? Sunburst Shutters Charlotte will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. Here’s what you need to know. Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Shoddy Faux wood is almost always sold as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. Most faux wood on the market is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t long-lasting, aren’t able to block noise or energy loss, and will almost always fade and discolor after prolonged sun exposure. What’s worse, many faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows. 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? Do you benefit much from a window treatment that doesn’t help keep your house more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Lucky for homeowners, not every faux wood shutter is made the same. What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter There are typically 3 things you should be on the look for in a good faux wood shutter: Sturdy, moisture-proof material No glued material around a wood pulp base An extended or lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are built from our patented Polywood extruded material, built to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters shatter. Polywood shutters are also completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your space at a comfortable temperature. And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters are backed by a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty. Some salespeople may try to market their faux wood shutters as some sort of “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Charlotte’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t get the job done, contact Sunburst Charlotte today. Set up a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 980-231-1116.