Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Boston

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While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Boston, they are not all the same.  While some faux wood window treatments will last a lifetime without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood treatments will begin to degrade in just a few year’s time.

It may be hard to figure out what’s best about the different faux wood plantation shutters.  But after you learn about the different types of faux wood, it will be much easier to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list details the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Boston and rates them from the worst to the most best:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some plantation shutters that use vinyl are disguised as a faux wood product.  But make no mistake, vinyl is not faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and shiny coating is hard to integrate into a your decor, unlike other faux wood or real wood-based shutters.  Vinyl may be one of the most inexpensive plantation shutter products available, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl is also easily affected by heat. It’s not abnormal to see vinyl shutters melt or yellow due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their practice of warping or cracking and their poor insular characteristics, vinyl shutters do not grant much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Boston
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks plastic; frail construction; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or fade.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

An improvement from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These window treatments are constructed from pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then wrapped with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters have more weight and can appear much more like a traditional wood plantation shutter than their vinyl alternatives.

But, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed material under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the window treatment vulnerable to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or splintered louver or learn that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for non-standard shaped windows like arches or circles.

  • Benefits:

    Heavier than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will absorb moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; outer layer can chip away; warps or splits easily; no custom shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than all of the alternative faux wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers infuse themselves throughout the product, they create more substantial, solid louvers that are more protected from warping.  You will also see that these treatments are more durable and will act much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-made to fit any window shape and size -- even arches.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as well-made as its faux wood formula.  Some formulas create a fragile shutter, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood composite doesn’t include a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies need to paint their shutters, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More durable product that compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Best Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Boston

Polywood plantation shutters are comprised from an very durable extruded faux wood mixture that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its unique formula makes it seem like real wood, but with a material that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor into the faux wood composite so that the plantation shutter will keep looking nice for life.  They are even a snap to clean -- just a duster for normal work, and a damp rag for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In fact, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than hardwood shutters, and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also offer a lifetime warranty.  Those are combined features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against warping, cracking or yellowing; most energy-efficient window treatment available; looks great in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than ineffective vinyl plantation shutters -- but worth it!

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

When seeing the benefits and drawbacks of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your only choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Boston reps will show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any window in your house. To get a free in-home consultation, call 781-352-2205 or complete the form below today!