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Understanding the difference between solid wood and composite plantation shutters in Denver
It really wasn’t that long ago when the choices of plantation shutters for Denver homeowners was limited to just painted or stained wood.
Today there are “not-wood” choices.
Plantation shutters that are not wood go by a lot of names, some are misleading and sometimes misleading on purpose such as using the word “Composite” to describe anything not wood, however everything not wood is not created equally. There are lower quality and higher quality “not-wood” materials, however, the salesman will not discuss these differences and the consumer isn’t aware if the price they are being quoted is for a poor or high-quality “not-wood” plantation shutter. The consumer must find out what the ‘not wood’ panels are actually made of.
You may hear them called: engineered, faux wood or a branded name of some sort such as “poly- something“, which are usually one of two things:
1) A wood shutter panel dipped in some sort of PVC / polymer-based synthetic covering, so you’ve still got a wood shutter subject to warping and expansion and contraction that can lead to broken seams and joints over time.
2) Even cheaper is a plastic shutter panel typically gray that is ‘film-coated’, what is commonly known to most of us as painted so that it has a white color. This means you’re still buying a painted product, not much better than a normal painted wood shutter panel, and anything painted in Colorado will eventually fade, crack, chip or peel due to the harsh UVs that affect paint.
For instance, Polycore shutters have a baked-on waterborne paint over a synthetic interior.
Let’s look at Hunter Douglas, they offer two ‘non-wood’ shutters, the first one is called NewStyle™, according to their website they are “made from a wood composite material co-extruded with a polypropylene coating“, so they are coated wood. Their Palm Beach™ shutters are “made from Polysatin™ with a “DuraLux™” Finish, so these are a non-wood core that is painted. So one of their products has wood inside of it and the other is film-coated.
What is the best solution?
The best shutters on the market contain no wood at all and are not film-coated, these are called true resin through body color composite plantation shutters. They are a solid resin throughout, (see the picture I posted here) which means the color is colorfast all the way through the material with the added benefit that they can actually be sanded to remove some damages, and there is no veneer or coating to delaminate over time.
This is why we only sell solid resin composite interior plantation shutters, and they are basically visually indistinguishable from our solid wood shutters, however, you can feel the slight difference in weight when you hold the material as it just feels more substantial.
The benefits of wood plantation shutter materials:
- The natural beauty of a wood stained finish
- The lighter weight provides for the ability to specify a little wider panels
- Offered in more finishes – both stained colors and painted colors, as well as sometimes custom colors.
The benefits of a true resin through body color composite plantation shutter are:
- The material is totally impervious to water or moisture of any kind
- Will not peel or flake over time
- They look the same as wood shutters
- Due to our huge volume, we sell in Composite Resin ours are priced a bit less than a solid wood shutter
- The shutters have the same substantial feel of wood
- The shutters have a more durable finish
- They are easier to clean
If you want a stained color you will have to go with wood as really no composite plantation shutters can mimic true stained wood.
However, if you are interested in a white (the most popular color) then certainly a composite resin shutter could be exactly what you want. More durability, less cost, indistinguishable from wood.
In any humid or moisture-rich area, composite should be your first choice, as there is no risk of warping as there is in a solid wood version.
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