Faux Wood Shutters

What is Faux Wood Shutters?

Faux is a French word for false or fake. Manufacturers make faux wood plantation shutters in an attempt to duplicate the look and feel of real wood shutters.

What types of materials are used in Faux Wood Shutters?

Common Materials used:

  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down wood residuals into wood fibers, mixing it with resin and wax and forming shutter components by applying high temperature and pressure. The components are then coated with colored thin poly vinyl wrap.
  • Synthetic is a mix of polymer fibers forced through extrusion forms to make solid core, hard surface shutter components. Most of these components have a painted finish.
  • Synthetic with Aluminum inserts is the same as Synthetic but is infused with aluminum center core that adds additional strength.
  • Hollow Vinyl is made from pvc forced through extrusion forms to make thin walled hollow shutter components. The finish is similar to a pvc pipe.
  • Hollow Vinyl with particle wood inserts is the same as Hollow Vinyl but has unfinished fiber wood inserts in the shutter frames to help add strength.

Low maintenance a key factor to faux wood shutters

The main feature to faux wood is the low maintenance aspect. Most of the shutters have a harder finish surface that are easier to clean and are harder to scratch or dent.

Fauxwood Shutters cost effect alternative to wood

Manufacturing faux wood plantation shutters are cost effective compared to real wood shutters. Since the materials are prefinished during the extrusion process, the shutter can be fabricated faster eliminating much of the labor costs.


  • Faux wood shutters come in a variety of materials
  • Cost effective
  • Low maintenance