What Makes Up a Faux Wood Shutter?12/18/2017Kevin McCormack “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, from siding to flooring to window treatments. Technically, it just means “not wood, but resembles it.” Other than that, you may not have any idea what you’re dealing 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 Jacksonville, what are you actually using in your home? Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville will help you discern the quality faux wood shutters from the less great shutters. This is what you should know. Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Rubbish Faux wood is almost always sold as a more inexpensive version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products would be better described as a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is actually just composite wood, which is a combination of wood chips, plastic, and glue, sometimes coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t durable, can’t really block sound or energy loss, and will most likely fade and lose their color after prolonged exposure to UV rays. Even worse, some faux wood shutters are hollowed out material, making it even weaker structurally, prone to chipping or breaking, and poor insulators. So while you might think you’re staying under budget by choosing faux wood window treatments, are you actually benefiting from shutters you’ll probably need to replace in a few years? Do you benefit much from shutters that don’t help make your home more cozy or your utility bills lower? Fortunately, not all faux wood shutters are made equal. What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter There are 3 qualities you should look for in a high quality faux wood shutter: Solid, moisture-proof material No wrapped material around a wood pulp base An extended or lifetime warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where traditional faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply constructed shutters made of wood chips and glue, Polywood shutters are constructed from our exclusive Polywood extruded material, built to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters break down. In addition, Polywood is 100% solid, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also offer more energy efficiency keep your space at a comfortable temperature. And unlike the majority of faux wood products on the market, Polywood shutters are backed by an extensive Lifetime Warranty. Some window treatment shops may try to market their product as a similar “poly” material, but remember that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Jacksonville’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to move on from low-quality faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, send a line to Sunburst Jacksonville today. Get a design consultation by filling out the form below or call us at 904-289-1663.