Are you looking for window coverings that are elegant, unique, and effective? You may want to consider shutters. Shutters offer a look that’s sophisticated, yet versatile enough to fit with any décor. How do you know which kind of shutters is right for you?
One reason plantation shutters are so popular is that they let in a lot of light, and allow you to keep the view open to the outside if you so choose. Plantation shutters can be customized to fit your décor and window shape, which is another advantage. Some shutters can even have a divider rail in the middle. This configuration allows maximum versatility in adjusting your shutters for privacy and lighting, so it’s very popular in bathrooms. Whichever style of shutter you choose, you’ll have to decide on materials. Shutters are typically made of vinyl, wood, or composite, in a variety of configurations and price points.
- Vinyl shutters are the least expensive option. Within the category of vinyl shutters, though, the options break down further. There’s hollow vinyl, which has size limitations because the hollow framed louvers can’t support much weight. These tend to sag over time, so they’re not as widely used as some of the other vinyl options. Structured hollow vinyl has more structural integrity than regular hollow vinyl, but solid vinyl is even stronger because the vinyl frame is filled with blown PVC. If you’re looking for a stronger shutter, you might choose solid vinyl with an aluminum insert or, better yet, vinyl clad wood. Vinyl clad wood shutters are strong and durable, and the vinyl coating makes them more moisture resistant than traditional wood shutters.
- Composite plantation shutters are sometimes referred to as engineered wood or faux wood shutters. Consisting of MDF wrapped in a vinyl or PVC coating, they’re and moisture-resistant, and offer an affordable alternative to real wood shutters. These shutters have limited application and should only be used in small window openings and can have a tendency to sag.
- Wood shutters are the gold standard of plantation shutters. They’re light, strong, and can be painted or stained, which is not possible with vinyl or composite shutters. This shutter option is optimal because they are made of the lightest and strongest material and are the best choice for large and specialty shapes.
The type of shutters you choose depends on your personal preferences, the style of your home, and the size of your budget. Fortunately, shopping at Bay Home and Window allows you a wide range of high-quality plantation shutters at affordable prices. Since 1994, this family-owned business based in Pleasanton, California has been dedicated to providing quality products and outstanding customer service to every customer. Our award-winning design team is nationally renowned, and our installation staff consistently earns us the highest possible consumer ratings. To learn more about us or schedule a free in-home consultation, contact us through the website or call (925) 264-6746.