Wood Shutters vs. Vinyl Shutters: What’s Right for You?
So you’ve just moved into your new house or apartment and picked out the perfect shutters for all your windows that match perfectly with your decor. There’s only one question left regarding these window treatments – wood or vinyl?
Not only do you select the type of window treatment, finish and style, but you also have to make sure and choose the right material for your budget and lifestyle. There are usually the options of wood — either faux or genuine — and vinyl.
Typically, wood shutters are charming yet prone to damage, whereas vinyl shutters are more durable, sturdy, and cost less. Whichever you choose, you and your family will have to live with it for possibly many years to come. Read on to learn more about each option and what it can offer, so you don’t make a choice you regret in a few years.
Genuine wood shutters are a classic style in several varieties such as oak, pine, cherry or poplar. Depending on the look and colour you want, you can choose accordingly.
There are also varying degrees of quality when it comes to genuine wood. Premium grade wood comes from the straightest trees and is less likely to deteriorate or warp over time due to the higher quality. Real wood shutters are available in a variety of colours, different shapes and sizes to give your home a warm and vibrant style while also being eco-friendly. They are the traditional touch that never goes out of style.
Vinyl shutters are essentially plastic or PVC shutters made to be durable and sturdy for use in areas of the home where you might not want to use real wood, such as bathrooms or kitchens.
While they are not the most environmentally friendly or health-conscious, they are quite budget-friendly, and that’s why many people gravitate towards them. Vinyl shutters can also be customized to your liking in various finishes; however, the options with vinyl shutters are usually less flexible than for wood shutters.
When comparing the cost of wood vs. vinyl for your blinds or shutters, vinyl will almost always be the less costly option. Vinyl shutters are more affordable, whereas wood shutters are more luxurious, adding warmth and richness to your home.
If you are working within a tight budget and looking to get the most bang for your buck, vinyl shutters can give you what you want without breaking the bank. However, if you are willing to spend more for quality and design, wooden shutters are the way to go.
Keep in mind that in any case, you want to go for the highest quality that your budget allows so that your shutters will last you for many years without warping, bending or easily succumbing to the elements.
Colours and Aesthetics
One bonus with wood shutters is that they usually have more colour varieties and customizable options than vinyl. Wood shutters are also better for larger windows and can be cut to specific shapes and sizes if necessary.
Vinyl shutters are better for use in smaller windows or areas like the kitchen and bathroom that usually have a lot of heat and humidity than can warp or damage genuine wood shutters. Wood shutters have rich tones and natural beauty, making them an excellent fit for any home. Vinyl shutters are sturdy and long-lasting but can be beautiful and made to match your existing home for a cohesive look.
Of course, you will need to regularly clean and care for your shutters to keep them looking pristine and functioning well. Maintenance is nothing too abrasive, usually just a good dusting or vacuuming and a thorough wipe down before drying.
You will want to take extra care when cleaning wood shutters, as they may not hold up as well as vinyl to cleaners and chemicals. It is best to just dust and wipe down your wood shutters with a dry, soft cloth without water as water can damage and warp. Vinyl shutters can be cleaned with water or a gentle cleaner if necessary. However, it shouldn’t take much to ensure they are clean and free from dirt or dust.
Strength and Durability
Due to natural wood’s nature, wood shutters can become warped, damaged or discoloured if exposed to a lot of heat and humidity. If you are looking for resistance from the elements, then vinyl shutters might be your best option.
Vinyl shutters can last through daily wear and tear and are resistant to temperature fluctuations, insect infestations and deterioration. They do not need to be sanded or painted. Wood shutters, however, are still quite sturdy and dependable, especially if they are premium grade. They also have a UV protected finish that helps with longevity.
For more advice on choosing between wooden and vinyl shutters, call Window Blinds Direct at 647-360-7026 or contact us here.