What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Holly Perron “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around when talking about home design, from siding to flooring to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but looks like it.” Aside from that, you don’t really have any idea what you’re working with. So if you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Boston, what are you actually buying for your home? Sunburst Shutters Boston is here to help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you should know. Faux Wood Quality Can Vary From Excellent To Shoddy Faux wood is typically advertised as a more affordable 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 actually just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber or wood chips, plastic, and glue, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of engineered materials aren’t resilient, aren’t able to block noise or heat, and will usually fade and yellow after prolonged sun exposure. Even worse, many faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making them weaker, prone to chips and cracks, and less effective at blocking heat loss through your windows. So while you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll likely need to replace in a few years? Is there much benefit to shutters that don’t help keep your house more comfortable or your utility bills lower? Fortunately, 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 look for in a good faux wood shutter: Solid, moisture-proof material No glued material on 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 pulp and adhesive, Polywood shutters are built from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to withstand the most extreme elements and take punishment that other shutters aren’t able to. In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, making them not only sturdier and less susceptible to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. And unlike the majority of faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters come with a comprehensive Lifetime Warranty. Some manufacturers may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Boston’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t deliver, get in touch with Sunburst Boston today. Schedule a no-strings-attached consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 781-352-2205.