Different Faux Wood Plantation Shutters In Salt Lake City

Matt Thelander

While there are plenty of faux wood plantation shutters on the market in Salt Lake City, they all won’t age the same.  While some faux wood coverings will last forever without warping, cracking, or yellowing, other faux wood coverings will start to degrade in just a few year’s time.

It can be tough to tell the different faux wood plantation shutters apart.  But once you know about the different varieties of faux wood, it will be easier to figure out which interior shutter will stand the test of time.

The following list examines the different types of faux wood shutters in Salt Lake City and orders them from the the least durable to the most durable and stylish:

Vinyl Shutters:

Some window treatments that use vinyl present themselves as faux wood.  But don’t fall for it, vinyl is different from faux wood. Vinyl’s plastic look and slick coating is tough to blend with 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 that’s because they don’t last very long.

Vinyl can also be affected by heat. It’s not unusual to see vinyl plantation shutters melt or discolor due to extensive exposure to the sun. Because of their tendency of warping or splintering and their poor insular nature, vinyl shutters won’t provide much energy-efficiency to your windows -- especially if the louvers are hollow.

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Salt Lake City
  • Benefits:

    Cheapest of the non-wood shutters.

  • Drawbacks:

    Appears plastic; flimsy materials; hollow louvers; low energy efficiency; can quickly warp, crack or yellow.

Synthetic Wrapped Product:

A step up from vinyl shutters are wrapped plantation shutters.  These coverings are made of pressed wood, wood chip components, or glued MDF, and then bound with a synthetic, vinyl, or plastic coating. The shutters feel more substantial and can seem much more like a normal wood plantation shutter than their hollow louvered alternatives.

However, synthetic wrapped shutters have many drawbacks. The pressed grain under the wrapping can be extremely absorsive, leaving the window treatment exposed to humidity and moisture. It’s not unusual to see a warped or cracked louver or find that the synthetic wrapping has split or peeled away.  Also, wrapped shutters aren’t custom-fitted for odd shaped windows like arches or octagons.

  • Benefits:

    Thicker than vinyl shutters; may resemble real wood.

  • Drawbacks:

    Not suitable for high humidity or high moisture climates. Will take in moisture and humidity. Aren't moisture resistant; wrapping can chip away; warps or splinters easily; no specialty shapes.

Solid Extruded Faux Wood Shutters:

Plantation shutters constructed from solid extruded synthetic materials give you more durability than all of the other faux wood plantation shutters.  Because the synthetic fibers infuse themselves throughout the product, they have durable, solid louvers that are more resistant warping.  You will also see that these treatments generally last longer and will function much more like real wood shutters. Solid extruded faux wood shutters are also able to be custom-fitted to fit every window shape and size -- even semi-circles.

But a solid extruded plantation shutter is only as good as its faux wood formula.  Some formulas create a fragile treatment, which can be cracked or chipped during installation. If the mixture doesn’t have a UV inhibitor, then your plantation shutter will fade and yellow when exposed to sunlight. Some companies need to paint their louvers, which also invite chipping and yellowing over time.

  • Benefits:

    More substantial treatment that compares favorably to a basswood plantation shutter. 

  • Drawbacks:

    Quality depends on the mixture of the faux wood composite.

The Most Durable Composite Faux Wood Shutter Is A Polywood® Shutter

Different Faux wood plantation shutters in Salt Lake City

Polywood plantation shutters are made from an extremely durable extruded faux wood formula that will never crack, warp, or yellow.  Its proprietary formula gives it a feel like real wood, but with a composite that resists moisture. We mix in a UV inhibitor with the faux wood formula so that the plantation shutter will keep looking like new for year after year.  They are even simple to clean -- you only need a duster for weekly work, and a wet cloth for stains.

Our Polywood shutters are also designed to be the most energy-efficient window treatmentsyou can buy.  In comparison, Polywood shutters are constructed to be 70% more energy-efficient than traditional wood shutters, and 1600% more energy-efficient than aluminum blinds. And all these advantages come with a lifetime warranty.  Those are benefits no other shutter company offers.

  • Benefits:

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

  • Drawbacks:

    More expensive than flimsier vinyl interior shutters -- but worth it!

Call Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City Today To Get Your Long-Lasting, Charming Polywood Shutters

When looking at the pros and cons of the numerous faux wood plantation shutters, Polywood clearly is your only choice. Our Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City representatives will be happy to show you the perks of our Polywood shutters, and how they will enhance any room in your house. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call 801-515-3598 or send in the form below today!