What are Faux Wood Shutters?12/18/2017Gary Harding “Faux wood” is a term that gets thrown around with just about any type of household decor, from furniture to flooring to window treatments. Technically, all faux wood means is “not wood, but resembles it.” Aside from that, you might not know what you’re working with. So if you’re searching for faux wood shutters, faux wood blinds, or any other type of faux wood window treatment in Colorado Springs, what is it that you’re actually using in your home? Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs can help you separate the quality faux wood shutters from the not-so-quality shutters. This is what you need to know. Faux Wood Quality Ranges From Great To Shoddy Faux wood is typically advertised as a more affordable version of hardwood, but a large number of faux wood products are more like a “cheap” version of hardwood. The vast majority of faux wood is really just engineered particle board, which is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and adhesive, occasionally coated in vinyl. Almost all of these sort of composite materials aren’t durable, can’t really block noise or heat, and will usually fade and discolor after repeated exposure to UV rays. What’s worse, some faux wood shutters are hollow, meaning they’re less durable, prone to defects, and less energy efficient. Though you might think you’re helping your wallet by picking faux wood window treatments, are you actually getting much benefit from shutters you’ll probably need to replace after just two years? Is there much benefit to a window treatment that doesn’t help make your home more comfortable or your energy bills lower? Lucky for homeowners, not all faux wood shutters are made equal. What To Look For In a Great Faux Wood Shutter There are 3 things you should look for in a faux wood shutter: Solid, moisture-proof material No glued material on a wood pulp base An extended warranty Sunburst’s Polywood® plantation shutters were invented to succeed where most faux wood fails. Unlike cheaply built shutters made of wood chips and adhesive, Polywood shutters are constructed from our trademarked Polywood extruded material, built to weather the harshest elements and stand up to punishment that would make other shutters break down. Polywood shutters are also 100% solid, making them not only more durable and immune to chips or cracks, but also better insulators to keep your space at a comfortable temperature. And unlike many faux wood shutter products, Polywood shutters come with an extensive Lifetime Warranty. Some manufacturers may try to market their faux wood shutters as a similar “poly” compound, but know that there’s only one Polywood®. Get Colorado Springs’s Best Faux Wood Shutters If you’re ready to graduate from hardware store faux wood shutters that don’t meet your needs, get in touch with Sunburst Colorado Springs today. Set up a no-strings-attached consultation using the form below or call us at 303-625-6431.