Today we are testing the Eclipse Faux Wood Shutters. They are made of a hollow, reinforced (cellular interior) PVC vinyl. The material is Greengard certified and produces no emissions. It comes in four colors and three louver sizes of 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. It has 5 different frame styles and several popular operation options with the most notable being the hidden tilt bar.
- Energy Efficiency
- Fire Resistant
- Easy to Clean
- Hard, strong material
- 25 Year Warranty
- Super Quick Production
What we found:
- Energy Efficiency- We don’t know if the cell construction for the interior has as much to do with the energy efficiency as the thickness which is the same as most plantation shutters. The Eclipse is extremely energy efficient in the closed position.
- These are extremely easy to clean. Water on does most jobs. We didn’t test for harder stuff like permanent marker.
- Waterproof- Yes it is vinyl and will work even in direct water.
- Hard & strong material. We can’t break this and it takes non normal effort to scratch the material.
- Light- You can tell that it is hollow by the weight. It’s arguable if that is an advantage or not.
- Super quick production- Normal production is 7 working days
Installation is easy. Frames come broken down and need to be assembled with snap in corner keys. The install kit also includes small screws and a “L” bracket to tighten them together but we did not need to use them. The drill holes and hinges come assembled. All we needed to do was put the frame together with the snap corner keys, put it in the opening being sure it is square. Drill the included screws into the pre-drilled holes while making sure the frame is still squared and level. Once the frame is installed. Put the panel in from left to right in the order that they are numbered. That’s it!
Operation. Panels are very light and easy to open. Tilt bar seems tight yet smooth to move. Closure is tight. We could not produce any sagging due to weight.
Disadvantages. We really could not find much except it does look a little like plastic and the lightness makes the shutter feel it isn’t as strong as it actually is. Two 6 year old kids had no problems opening and closing the panels or tilting the louvers.
Advantages. Very affordable for a plantation shutter at around $15-$16 per foot. It is almost impossible to break and it is waterproof. If parts break, it looks easily replaceable without much work.
Conclusion: This is a nice, heavy-duty and affordable shutter. What are your experiences with this? Advantages and disadvantages?