Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main differences between real wood and faux wood shutters?
When it comes to the advantages of faux wood shutters over real wood, cost is the primary benefit – the cost is usually 10-20% less than real wood shutters. For most people, faux wood shutters look identical to real wood. When the cost and budget are your determining factors, faux wood is a great alternative.
Faux wood shutters also need less maintenance than wood. A lot of plastic and vinyl materials can last many years without showing wear.
Faux Wood shutters do have a different feel than the natural wood and many home owners to quickly have second thoughts. Even though they’re made with the same quality as wood shutters, when examined side by side there is a certain quality wood has that other materials will never be able to duplicate.
The difference can be too subtle for some to consider paying extra for, while those who want the highest quality and warmth of wood, real wood shutters is the best and only viable option.
As you may know, Basswood is considered one of the best material for making wood shutters. Basswood, actually from the American Linden tree, is great for shutters for a variety of reasons. Here are four basic reasons why we prefer Basswood shutters:
Basswood is strong but it is also light
Basswood has a grain that is uniform allowing a beautiful stain finish
It is easy to glue and to finish
Basswood trees are growing faster than they are being harvested
Basswood does not warp
Lastly, a lot of home owners will agree that the sheen and pattern variations that real wood grain provides is worth the extra price. However if you were planning on purchasing white or any other solid color interior shutter, then faux wood plantation shutters are a great choice.
What is a Hybrid shutter?
Hybrid shutters are an evolutionary trend of house shutters. They combine the beauty and style of wood with the strength, stability and straightness of advanced modern-day materials. Hybrid Shutters provide the modern elegance of quality shutters at an affordable price.
Many styles of shutters are now constructed from polymer. Poly wood shutters do have some limitations such as colors and sizes. One of the most significant limitations to faux wood and polycore shutters is door width. In wider doors, real wood or reinforced composite, which are lighter in weight, are a good option.
Another alternative to wider doors is a polycore material with aluminum reinforcements. They also offer a good price point, they are a good insulator and are simple to clean.
If you want a shutter with a fantastic stain or a well built composite shutter, you have several excellent choices with Hybrid shutters.
What’s the difference between faux wood and real wood blinds?
Faux and composite wood blinds have come a long way in the past 10 years.
A faux wood purchased today tends to be more stable, won’t discolor and is significantly cheaper than real wood.
If you’re looking for a stained wood blind for your Brazos Valley home, they can now be purchased in composite (faux) wood blinds. Many shutter and blind manufacturers provide composite wood tones that look great. One of the best benefits of faux wood blinds is the durability. You can leave your windows open without worrying about the blind becoming damaged.