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The 4 Best Materials for Your Plantation Shutters

Building Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters are a great addition to remodel any room in your home. They’re a versatile window covering that offer a host of benefits like increased privacy, improved insulation, now offering a modern and a classic look. Also, an investment that will last for decades, sometimes if taken care of, forever. If you’re considering adding shutters to your home, you’ll want to understand the 4 best materials for you shutters from which you have to choose. 

Composite plantation shutters

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Composite plantation shutters refers to shutters that are made of a faux wood product. They fall in the middle of the shutter price range and offer a similar but weaker strength as real wood shutters at a much lower cost. They are sturdy, durable, versatile, not very resistant to humidity, and very easy to maintain. The downfall to composite is the more you use it, the more it wears. So, building restrictions on these plantation shutters are a must. Although, they are affordable the longevity of this material is just like any other Faux wood product out on the market. If this is something suits your budget and you aren’t the type of person who uses your plantation shutters daily, this could be a good product for you.

Why wood shutters?

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Wood shutters are the traditional material type used in homes and represent the higher end of the price spectrum. They do not require any more maintenance than any of the other materials to keep them looking great over time. They don’t offer the water resistant quality of the Poly or Vinyl plantation shutter materials, but they do offer the aesthetic of natural wood window coverings which WOW’s most buyers. Wood plantation shutters are meant to last. Like we say around here, you wouldn’t build your house with composite wood trusts, or Vinyl trusts in your roof. You want REAL wood.

Wooden plantation shutters do not have many building restrictions, if at all. They can be built up to 42″ wide and as tall as 96″ tall. Making a beautiful wide shutter panel to maximize your view. Wood plantation shutters material also can be painted to ANY color of your liking. Allowing to match your baseboards, and or kitchen cabinets, and or stain match for your beautiful offices. Using wood material allows for custom cutouts for door handles for your french doors, and allow us to make any shapes, octagons, arches, ovals, etc.

Considering vinyl shutters

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Vinyl shutters are the most affordable shutter option on the market. You’ll also hear them referred to as PVC or POLY shutters. They are made from vinyl materials and are much less expensive than wood variations. Vinyl shutters are also durable, scratch resistant, water resistant, and look great with little maintenance.  This material is perfect for bathrooms, showers, garages, or outdoor fittings. Vinyl material is easy to clean as you can hose it down if it is in your garage, or allow it to get as wet as possible in any bathroom or shower. Indian River Shutter Company, uses stainless steel hinges so nothing rusts and your Vinyl or Poly will look and last like the day they were installed.

How do you choose

Which plantation shutter material you ultimately choose comes down to a few key things. One—your budget might dictate your choice with vinyl shutters on the lowest end of the range and real wood shutters on the high end. How much maintenance you plan to put into caring for your shutters is also important to consider with vinyl requiring the least and wood potentially requiring the most. And finally, it’s important to consider the room in which you’re having them installed which could dictate the type of material that would work best in the space. 

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