3 Benefits Of Faux Wood Shutters

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you're like most people, you want the exterior of your home to look as great as it possibly can. Asking the home builder to install shutters on the windows is one way to achieve a uniform and finished look. Several types of shutters exist to bring about this look; many homeowners opt for faux wood shutters. This guide explains three of the benefits of faux wood shutters.

Benefit #1: No Painting is Needed On Faux Wood Shutters

Manufacturers create faux wood shutters with polyurethane. The color you choose is added to the material when the shutters are formed, so you don't have to paint them once they are installed. You'll save both time and money.

Consideration: If you paint your house, be sure to cover the edges of the shutters with painter's tape. Otherwise, you risk getting paint on the shutters, creating a situation where painting is needed to bring back the uniform and finished look.

Benefit #2: The Polyurethane on Faux Wood Shutters Is Not Porous

Unlike wood shutters, the polyurethane material used to make faux wood shutters is not porous. The material won't crack, splinter or crumble like its wood counterpart.

Breakage is possible, but your home would have to sustain a tremendous hit from flying debris in a strong storm for the plastic to crack.

Benefit #3: Faux Wood Shutters Are Easy to Clean

Cleaning faux wood shutters couldn't be easier. Water them down with the garden hose and wipe them off with a soapy wet cloth. Then rinse them off with the garden hose. Allow them to air dry or dry them with a towel. Avoid harsh cleaners such as Brillo pads or abrasive cleaners because these can damage the surface with tiny scratches.

It is possible to use a power washer on your faux wood shutters. If you do this, rent a machine that has various settings and then set it at the lowest setting to avoid any potential dents in the plastic.

Ask a home contractor like Clodfelter Bryan & Tammy about faux wood shutters instead of real wood. Go over all your options before making a final decision because shutters on your home can add up to a lot of money, depending on how many windows you have. Share this with others who want to make their home look the best that it possibly can, and those who want to save some time and money in maintenance expenses.

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