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5 Major Advantages of Fauxwood Shutters vs Real Wood Shutters

Homeowners who want a unique look in their homes have grown to love indoor shutters. Although most people associate shutters with the exterior of homes, they look great when installed indoors, and they provide all of the privacy, insulation, and light control that you expect with standard blinds and shades.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer high-quality Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. They’re designed for homeowners with a do-it-yourself attitude and approach to décor, and they look just like real wood both at a distance and up close. They’re available with 2 ½ or 3 ½ louvers, and they’re GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality Certified, which means their materials and manufacturing process are safe for all homes.

Faux wood alternatives to real wood window treatments are becoming more and more popular, but some of our customers have questions and concerns about our fauxwood shutters. If you’re wondering whether fauxwood shutters are right for your home, check out the following five advantages they have over real wood shutters, and if you’re still not convinced, don’t hesitate to contact our sales professionals for more information.

They’re easier to install

Real wood shutters look beautiful, but they can be heavy. And the heavier a window treatment is, the more difficult it can be to install. Because our fauxwood shutters are made with a composite material and lightweight, hollow-bodied construction process, they’re easy to lift and mount. That means almost any homeowner or do-it-yourselfer can install fauxwood shutters with ease, regardless of their size or the height at which they need to be mounted.

They’re more durable

They’re more durable

Real wood shutters are often heavily treated with special chemicals and finishes to protect them from everything they’ll be exposed to during a typical lifetime of use, but no amount of special preparations or processes can get around the fact that real wood doesn’t always hold up over time. Fauxwood shutters aren’t just stronger than real wood shutters, but they’re also more durable due to their composite materials. Built with a reinforced interior designed to resist warping, fauxwood shutters are designed to last for many years.

They’re waterproof

Water is wood’s worst enemy. Even treated wood is subject to warping, expanding, cracking, fading, and even rotting when it’s exposed to water. But fauxwood has none of those issues. The composite materials used in our fauxwood shutters make them completely waterproof. Whether you’re cleaning them with water, they’re exposed to rain or spills, or they’re installed in a humid environment, you won’t have to worry about wood causing damage to your shutters.

They’re scratch-resistant

Real wood is also vulnerable to scratches. Older real wood blinds and shutters commonly show many signs of wear and tear after just a few years post-installation, especially in the form of hairline and deeper scratches. This can be a problem for homeowners with children and small pets, as scratches are common in those types of households. But fauxwood shutters are naturally resistant to scratches, which means they’re continue to look new for much longer than real wood shutters.

They’re fade-resistant

They’re fade-resistant

Wood fades over time, especially when it’s constantly exposed to bright sunlight. There are many treatments and sealants that can be used to slow the fading process inherent in real wood blinds and shutters, but it’s almost impossible to stop completely due to the natural elements in wood. Fauxwood shutters, on the other hand, are far more resistant to fading due to their composite materials. In addition, our fauxwood shutters are also treated with UV inhibitors, which further decreases their tendency to fade—another factor that prolongs their lifespan and beauty.

 

Tips for Buying Window Treatments for Your Kitchen

Kitchens are quickly becoming the focal points of many American homes. Modern homes often feature open floor plans and large, spacious kitchens. With all that room and entertaining space available, who doesn’t want to hang out where the food is?

However, the increased attention and focus on kitchens has created a dilemma for many homeowners: finding the best ways to furnish and decorate them. Whether your kitchen is strictly a place for meal prep and storing dishes—or if it’s a family hangout spot—you’ve probably experienced that dilemma yourself—including finding the best ways to cover your kitchen windows.

As with buying blinds and shades for any other room in your home, getting window treatments for your kitchen requires a bit of research and preparation to make sure you get the perfect fit. If you need a little help, check out Blindster’s guide below to finding the best window coverings for your kitchen:

Consider synthetic window treatments if you cook frequently.

Modern window treatments are designed to be durable and resistant, but frequent exposure to steam and humidity can cause issues with certain types of blinds and shades. If your kitchen windows are located near your stove or countertops, consider buying coverings made from materials like vinyl, faux wood, and PVC. In addition to being more resistant to moisture and humidity—and therefore less likely to warp or fade—window treatments made with those materials will also be easier to clean and less likely to stain.

Think about the lighting in your kitchen and its orientation towards the sun.

It’s important to have good lighting in your kitchen when you’re cooking or serving food. The last thing you want is a dimly lit kitchen or a kitchen that’s too bright. If your kitchen windows face the rising or setting sun, consider buying blinds and shades that are geared towards light control and reduction instead of shades that are designed to filter light. But if your kitchen doesn’t receive much natural light, filtering and sheer shades may be the better option, as they’ll protect your privacy while still maintaining the natural light your kitchen receives.

Choose cordless options if your kitchen windows are easily accessed by children.

At Blindster, we take window treatment safety seriously. That’s why we ship free cord cleats with all our corded blinds and shades. But for the ultimate in peace of mind, choosing cordless options eliminates the possibility of most window treatment injuries. It’s especially important to use either cord cleats or purchase cordless blinds and shades if your kitchen windows are near countertops, tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture that are easily accessible to children.

Buy top down bottom up coverings for kitchens with multiple or large windows.

Getting the right lighting in a kitchen with large wall-length windows, picture windows, or wide spans of windows can be difficult, as the sun’s position changes throughout the day. Instead of having to constantly change the position of your window treatments, use top down bottom up shades to keep it’s glare out of your face while you cook, eat, and spend time with your family in your kitchen. In addition to being more versatile when it comes to light control, top down bottom up shades also create a unique aesthetic when installed on rows of windows.

Consider fauxwood plantation shutters for an elegant kitchen window solution.

If you’re looking for beautiful and unique window coverings that are extremely durable and moisture resistant, look no further than our fauxwood plantation shutters. These window treatments are built with the same synthetic materials as our fauxwood blinds, which means they’re designed to look like real wood shutters but with a greater resistance to humidity and moisture. Another bonus of these window coverings is their quick turnaround time—we can get them manufactured in about two weeks after you place your order, which is less than half the time it takes to get real wood shutters. Finally, their hollow-bodied construction makes them lightweight and easy to install.