Ok, so you’ve decided that you absolutely have to have plantation shutters in your home. Great! But with a wide variety of shutters to choose from, how do you know which shutter is right for you? One of the most important decisions that you’ll be faced with is whether or not you should purchase wood shutters or vinyl shutters. This post will take you through some of the criteria that you may want to consider before deciding on one or the other. As with the choice between wood or faux wood blinds, there is no bad decision, but there certainly is a best decision for your specific situation.
When Wood Shutters Are Right
- If you want a greater range of color options
Wood shutters can be stained or custom painted in any color. If you want the highest level of customization you can pick from any Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore color deck, and Skandia will paint the shutter in the custom color that you’ve selected. On the other hand, vinyl shutters are usually only available in white and off-white.
- If you care about authenticity
Most will agree that the beauty of wood plantation shutters is unmatched. The natural imperfections – such as the grain of the wood, small knots and wormholes, and the slight color variations – are truly what make wood window treatments so charming. A stained wood shutter will only enhance the richness and beauty of these “imperfections”.
- If you want the sturdiest shutter
Wood shutters offer a better strength-to-weight ratio than do vinyl or PVC shutters. Wood shutters are incredibly sturdy, which increases their durability over time.
When Vinyl Shutters Are Right
- If you need a moisture-resistant window treatment
Vinyl shutters – sometimes referred to as poly shutters – are less likely to warp when exposed to moisture. If you’re considering a shutter for your garage, kitchen, or bathroom then you’ll likely want to purchase a vinyl or PVC shutter.
- If you want a less expensive alternative
It’s no secret that wood plantation shutters are more expensive than vinyl plantation shutters. Skandia offers three vinyl or PVC shutters designed to meet a lower price point.
- If you’re concerned about the longevity of the finish color
The finish on faux wood shutters is less likely to fade than is the stain or paint finish on a wood shutter. Both finishes will hold up well, but vinyl shutters have a slight edge in terms of the longevity of the finish color.
Ultimately, when it comes to wood vs. vinyl shutters there really is no bad selection. Based on your needs and your application though, there certainly is a better and a best option.