Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Jacksonville

Kevin McCormack

While there are many faux wood plantation shutters available in Jacksonville, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood shutters will last virtually forever without splitting, warping, or fading, other faux wood coverings will begin to break down in just a few year’s time.

It might be hard to understand the pros and cons of the different faux wood plantation shutters Jacksonville.  But as you learn about the different kinds of faux wood, it will be easy to tell which interior shutter will always look great.

The following list details the different kinds of faux wood shutters in Jacksonville and rates them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl would like you to believe that they are using faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl should not be considered faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick veneer is hard to integrate into a your decor, unlike some other faux wood or real wood shutters.  They may be one of the cheapest plantation shutter products available, but you get what you pay for.

Vinyl can also be damaged by heat. It’s not uncommon to see vinyl window treatments melt or discolor due to the sun’s rays. Because of their practice of warping or cracking and their poor insular qualities, vinyl shutters don’t give much energy-efficiency to your home -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Jacksonville
  • Benefits:

    Lowest cost of the non-wood plantation shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Looks like plastic; frail materials; hollow louvers; little energy efficiency; will often warp, splinter or discolor.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are synthetic plantation shutters.  These coverings are comprised of pressed wood, wood chip materials, or glued MDF, and then covered with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The plantation shutters are heavier and can appear much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have plenty of cons. The pressed grain under the covering can be extremely permeable, leaving the shutter sensitive to humidity and moisture. It’s commonplace to see a warped or cracked louver or discover that the vinyl wrapping has chipped or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters cannot be custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or ovals.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

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

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters created from solid extruded faux wood give you more durability than any of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  As the synthetic fibers permeate throughout the window treatment, they create more substantial, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also find that these shutters are more durable and will act much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters also can be custom-crafted to fit every window shape and size -- even ovals.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as durable as its synthetic recipe.  Some mixtures create a brittle shutter, which can be broken by nails or screws during installation. If the faux wood doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then the shutter will fade and yellow from the sun. Some manufacturers paint their products, which also leads to chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the formulation of the faux wood composite.

And Then There's Polywood® Plantation Shutters

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Jacksonville

Polywood plantation shutters are constructed from an extremely durable extruded faux wood compound that will never yellow, chip, or splinter.  Its unique formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a density that repels moisture. We include a UV inhibitor with the faux wood mixture so that the plantation shutter will always stay looking nice for year after year.  They are even a snap to clean -- only use a duster for weekly work, and a wet cloth for deeper cleaning.

Our Polywood shutters are also made to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsavailable.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are shown to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And we also throw in a lifetime warranty.  Those are features no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

    Lifetime warranty against splintering, fading, and warping; most energy-efficient window treatment available; looks great in any style.

  • Drawbacks:

    Higher cost than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville Today To Get Long-Lasting, Beautiful Polywood Plantation Shutters

When comparing the good and bad of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your best choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville reps are ready to show you the benefits of our Polywood plantation shutters, and how they can help any room in your house. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 904-289-1663 or fill out the form below today!