The Advantages of Having Faux Wood
There are more materials available for manufacturing shutters today than ever before. In the past, something was either made of wood, metal or stone. Materials had to be harvested or mined and then fashioned into whatever shape needed to construct the finished product. Today, new synthetic and composite materials are available and are proving to be not only a viable alternative to natural materials, but one that makes like a bit easier.
How Faux Wood is Made
Faux simply means that it is not genuine or real. When referring to wood, it means that although it is not real wood, it looks just like it. The faux wood used in shutters is actually a polyurethane material – basically a really strong plastic. This compressed, man-made material is consistent from the inside out. This has great significance when being used to make shutters.
Shutters are often cut to size in order to fit into specific window measurements. Because of this, a “raw” edge is left on the top or bottom. With real wood, the cut edge would need to be refinished – either painted or stained – to match the face of the shutter. With faux wood, the material is the same from the core out. When you cut the surface, it does not splinter and it is the same color throughout. There is no touch-up refinishing required!
The Advantages of Faux Wood
Real wood is very porous and, because of this, it can be easily damaged by moisture. Think about how interior doors don’t seem to close right during the hot, humid summer months, but work just fine in the winter. That is because with heat and humidity – or moisture of any kind – wood will expand and warp. When the weather turns colder, the wood then condenses to its original size. Moisture can also cause permanent warping.
With faux wood, there is no change in size or shape just because of the weather. Faux wood also maintains a bright finished look without frequent painting. It can be washed with mild detergents and look as new as the day it was installed.
Wood shutters are constructed by stapling the slats with tiny staples to the frame of the shutter. This can cause a problem over time with the staples working their way out. Then the slats to the shutter start to fall out. The slats on faux wood shutters are able to be attached with strong adhesives that don’t become detached with time.
Many faux woods are treated with dust repellents too. This causes dust in the air to flutter on by instead of sticking to the shutter’s surface. This makes housekeeping chores much lighter. Wood shutters can require very frequent dusting to keep them clean.
Faux wood shutters can be used inside and outside the window. They resist fading in the sunlight too. They can be used alone in interior decorating, or in place of a shade or sheers as a backdrop to draperies or valances.