Wood or Faux Wood Shutters

The most important decision you have to make when choosing plantation shutters is rather you want your shutters crafted with genuine hardwood or faux wood. Faux wood and genuine hardwood, though both beautiful, offer many distinct differences in color, durability, and ease of cleaning. Here at The Blind Guys, your best choice for plantation shutters in Tucson, Arizona, we can show you the differences between faux wood and wood shutters so you can make the best choice for your home or office.

Hardwood Shutters

Color

Most hardwood shutters use woods like basswood, which is among the straightest and stiffest of woods with a fine, uniform texture. Because of this uniform texture, hardwood shutters give you the ability to paint or stain your shutters in a wide range of beautiful color options, far more than with faux wood shutters. Hardwood shutters will need to be repainted and stained about every 15 years and can easily scratch.

Durability

Hardwood shutters are relatively durable but will crack and warp when exposed to high heat and high humidity. Because these shutters are crafted with such high quality wood and joinery techniques, if used in the right climate conditions, you will not have to worry about these shutters not lasting long enough to meet your needs. Hunter Douglas’ Heritance® shutters take advantage of Truemill® dovetail construction to make sure that their joints remain sturdy and functional for years to come. In addition to their durability, hardwood shutters are more lightweight than faux wood shutters and have less of a chance of hanging awkwardly. They also give you more sizing options.

Cleaning

Hardwood shutters must be cared for properly. Because of the stain on the wood, these shutters cannot be exposed to harsh chemicals because the stain and finish could be ruined. When cleaning hardwood shutters use a dry rag and minimal liquid, like water, to clean any dirt or dust from the shutters.

Faux Wood Shutters

Color

There are two different styles of faux wood shutters in the Hunter Douglas line, the NewStyle® hybrid shutter and the Palm Beach™ polysatin shutter. Both of these shutters, though crafted with different materials, are limited in color selection. Because these shutters cannot be painted or stained again after their original color, neutrals, shades of white, and browns are your range of colors. But, where faux wood shutters lack in the color selection, they make for in the fact that the colors you choose will never need to be refinished or repainted because of how strong the finish is on these products.

Durability

In addition to the color of faux wood shutters being durable, the overall make of a faux wood shutter is much more durable than that of a wood shutter. Because faux wood shutters are made with modern day materials, these shutters can handle much more wear and tear and are much less delicate. For example, Palm Beach™ shutters will never warp, crack, or discolor no matter what heat or humidity condition they are kept in. Faux wood shutters are also reinforced at their joints to make sure they withstand everyday wear and tear. Faux wood shutters do weigh significantly more than wood shutters which will limit your sizing options.

Cleaning

Faux wood shutters, because of their composition, can be cleaned with any wood or basic cleaning product. Simply clean the shutters with a dry or damp cloth and you will never have to worry about the stain being damaged.

Whatever you choose, faux wood or wood, shutters bring a unique and classic elegance to any home. Contact the experts at The Blind Guys today and let us help you with any other questions you may have about which shutters would benefit your home or office more.