Learn About the Different Types of Shutters
Homeowners have three options for purchasing shutters: vinyl PVC, composite, or natural wood. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons, as this video explains.
Vinyl PVC is a manufacturer material that is available only in white and off-white.
Its weather resistance makes it good for moist environments, and homeowners like the more affordable price when compared to natural wood. Vinyl shutters are further broken down into subcategories. Hollow shutters are the highest and prone to sagging when the shutter becomes too big. Some vinyl shutters have internal webbing that makes them more resilient at larger sizes. The PVC-blown foam creates solid vinyl that is stronger and more durable. The next step up is a solid PVC shutter with an aluminum insert for additional stability. Finally, vinyl-clad shutters are hollow PVC that envelopes hardwood.
Composite shutters use layers of either wood or MDF–or a combination of both–with a PVC coating to protect them. This material is hard to tell from natural food.
Natural wood shutters are the most expensive. However, they can be painted or stained, and the shape and size can be fully customized. They are also the lightest shutters because of wood’s low density.