What Makes a Faux Wood Shutter?

Matt Thelander

“Faux wood” is a term that gets used a lot with regards to interior design, from siding to flooring to window coverings. Technically, it just means “not wood, but similar to 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 Salt Lake City, what is it that you’re really using in your house?

Salt Lake City faux wood shutters

Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality ones. Here’s what you need to know.

Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Excellent To Third-Rate

Faux wood is almost always presented as a less expensive version of hardwood, but a good amount of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a mix of wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these kinds of engineered materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or heat loss, and will almost always fade and lose their color after repeated exposure to UV rays.

Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and poor insulators.

Though you may think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you really getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after a short while? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help make your space more cozy or your energy bills lower?

Luckily, not all faux wood shutters are made equal.

living room Salt Lake City faux wood shutters 

What To Look For In a High Quality Faux Wood Shutter

There are usually 3 qualities you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter:

  • Solid, waterproof material

  • No glued material around a wood pulp base

  • An extended warranty

Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where the majority of faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply made shutters made of wood chips and vinyl, Polywood shutters are built from our patented Polywood extruded material, created to weather the harshest elements and take punishment that would make other shutters break down.

In addition, Polywood is completely solid all the way through, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

Salt Lake City bedroom faux wood shutters

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

Some manufacturers may try to market their faux wood shutters as some sort of “poly” material, but rest assured: there’s only one Polywood®.

Get Salt Lake City’s Best Faux Wood Shutters

If you want to graduate from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, contact Sunburst Salt Lake City today. Set up a free in-home consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 801-515-3598.