Should I Choose Faux Wood or Genuine Wood Shutters?

Plantation shutters are a timeless window covering that can readily boost your home’s décor.  There are many options to decide on when choosing the perfect plantation shutters for you, but the most important decision is to decide between faux wood or genuine wood material.  There are many pros and cons to each material type, so it is important to make an informed decision.  Eagle Harbor Window Coverings can help you determine the right plantation shutters for you in Poulsbo, Kingston and the surrounding areas.

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Real wood shutters have many benefits, but also some disadvantages.  Most real wood plantation shutters are made out of basswood, which exudes a natural beauty.  They can also be easily painted or stained any color to match your home’s specific décor.  Compared to faux wood shutters, natural wood shutters are stronger and more durable.  Additionally, they are lighter in weight.  Lightweight shutters are beneficial because they allow you to have larger panel sizes, so ultimately you need less shutter panels to cover your entire window.  Also, the lighter weight panels will not sag or hang on the hinges, like the heavier panels might do. 

Natural wood shutters do have some disadvantages, as well.  Initially, they are more expensive compared to faux wood shutters.  Additionally, if they are painted or stained, they may need to be refinished every 10 to 15 years.  Real wood shutters are also prone to warping or cracking when exposed to high humidity, which is not a huge issue in lower humidity areas, such as Poulsbo, Kingston and the surrounding areas.  Finally, natural wood shutters can be susceptible to scratches.

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Faux wood shutters, on the other hand, are typically made out of PVC or vinyl.  Similar to real wood shutters, faux wood shutters are very tough, durable and easy to clean.  However, unlike natural wood shutters, faux wood shutters are much more scratch-resistant and able to withstand extreme temperatures.  They are very good options for locations with high moisture or high humidity, such as bathrooms. Faux wood plantation shutters also have a long-lasting finish and hold their color throughout their lifetime, making them perfect for places exposed to direct sunlight like Poulsbo, Kingston and the surrounding areas.  Compared to natural wood shutters, they are much less expensive. 

Conversely, faux wood shutters a very heavy, which limits the size of the panels.  To prevent sagging, falling out of square or putting pressure on the frame and hinges, the panels need to be smaller. Therefore, more panels are needed to cover the entire window.  Additionally, because faux wood shutters are made out of PVC or vinyl, they are not able to be painted, and thus, they come only in limited color choices.

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Whether you decide on natural wood shutters or faux wood shutters, Hunter Douglas has the perfect plantation shutters for your home.   The Heritance® series is made from real wood, creating the classic plantation shutters style.  This series is versatile and can be painted or stained any color.  The NewStyle™ collection is a hybrid series that combines real wood with modern materials.  Finally, the Palm Beach™ style is made from an UV resistant polysatin compound to create a faux wood appearance.   Stop in to Eagle Harbor Window Coverings on Hildebrande Lane to view our full Hunter Douglas gallery, featuring the various options for both natural wood and faux wood plantation shutters!