Wood window shutters are always classic and stylish. However, sometimes you want to go a different way for your Raleigh, NC window shutters. There are lots of other shutter materials that offer more durability, better affordability, less maintenance and many more benefits over wood shutters. If these benefits seem interesting, keep reading to learn more about alternate window shutter materials.
- MDF – MDF, or medium density fiberboard, is sawdust mixed with glue, formed into whatever shape that’s desired. MDF shutters can be coated in many different materials including paint and vinyl wrap. MDF is very affordable, but can be built to look just like more expensive wood shutters. MDF shutters are stable, and are great at resistant warping. However, MDF doesn’t stand up well to moisture, and MDF shutters have been known to peel and swell when they get too wet. MDF also doesn’t respond well to staining.
- Laminate – Laminate shutters are made from thin slats of lumber that are glued together to make the desired shape. They are quite stable when made properly, and can be painted, stained or wrapped. Laminate is a great alternative to wood, as they have similar properties. Laminate is also a lot more affordable than wood. However, this material does not hold up well to moisture, and often deteriorates quickly when exposed to a wet environment.
- PVC – PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is a hollow vinyl material. It has a hollow extrusion, or can be made with reinforced webbing on the interior. PVC is easily recognized by its lack of finish, and the caps on the edges of the shutter blades for sealing. PVC is very affordable, but that’s because it’s cheaply made. PVC shutters often have a plastic appearance, can yellow when exposed to too much direct sunlight, and can become brittle after years of use. PVC shutters cannot be stained, and only come in a few color options. However, their low price tag is very attractive.
- Foamed Synthetics – Foamed synthetic shutters are set apart by a reasonable price, water resistance, fire resistance, non-toxic construction, and superior insulation. Some kinds of foamed synthetic shutters are built with aluminum centers that reinforce the shutter for help prevent bowing and sagging. These shutters come in many different colors, shapes and sizes, and often look very similar to wood. Of all the synthetic shutter materials, foamed synthetics are probably the best, even though they are not as stiff or light as wood, limiting the design options. Foamed synthetic shutters also cannot be stained, and usually aren’t built to be bigger than 80 to 96 inches.
If you are interested in non-wood shutter materials for the window shutters on your Raleigh, NC home, you should contact Kiwi Designs, Fine Blinds & Shutters. We would love to offer you expert advice on window coverings, like shutters. Please pay us a visit at 1785 NW Maynard Rd Cary, NC 27513, or give us a call at (919) 380-0898 to learn more about what we can do for you and your windows.