Companies are coming out of the woodwork saying that they manufacture shutters now. Interior Shutters are the hottest thing when it comes to covering your windows, but are all products the same? Is it true that more expensive shutters are made better? How can you tell the difference, but also what type of product is right for your needs?
What Premier Shutters and Blinds of Va offers...
What other companies offer and why we dont...
Wood shutters are available in several different varieties and construction grade levels.
In addition to superior aesthetics, wood is, by far, the strongest material available for shutters, and the only material recommended when panel size exceeds 29 inches in width. It is this wider panel width that most people associate with the “plantation style”, a more desirable look that can really open up the architecture in a room and add the most amount of light.
Because wood properties vary by individual type, no single wood is a perfect choice for the very different requirements between louvers and panel frame construction, so better lines are often constructed using multiple wood species in same panel to take advantage of individual wood qualities. This type of construction is ideal for large or sunny openings.Despite common misnomer, wood is actually one of the most resilient and easiest materials to keep clean and dust free. This, when combined with one of the more enduring finishes now available, makes wood still the most maintenance free and child durable choice for most windows, including high sun applications.
Pros: Wood is considered the most attractive and strongest shutter material, and is virtually maintenance free providing that the construction and finish grades are appropriate for the environment. Wood is almost always the best choice in larger or warmer openings.
Cons: Wood is not the best choice in damp environments.
Sold under various trade marks such as Thermalite,
Polycore, Poly, Fauxwood, advantages are they are water resistant,
fire resistant, non toxic and provide excellent insulation.Poly shutters are much more “wood-like” in appearance than vinyl.
like most synthetics, has limitations because of sagging issues in wider openings and panel sizes. Standard sized windows work just fine. We now offer aluminum reinforced louvers to help control the material’s tendency to flex, which are used over a certain width. Poly shutters have a solid core, which can be very useful in wet locations like shower windows, but this causes them to be much heavier than most other materials, making them not recommended on very long windows, large doors or openings requiring multiple panels hinged together.
Unlike vinyl, Poly is available in a wide range of colors and custom painted.
Vinyl, pvc (we dont use this):
vinyl was the first synthetic developed as a cheaper alternative to
wood. It can be identified by its appearance, it is not finished and the
of the bottomrails have caps to seal them. The tilt is a cheap wandtht breaks and bends Not at all “wood like”
in appearance like synthetics. Vinyl should NOT be used as primary
concern and should ONLY be used in laundry room or garages. Vinyl is
available in both hollow and reinforced core types, both poor quality.
The raw PVC vinyl material is exposed
in the same way as inexpensive PVC lawn furniture. This can
result in surface oxidization or “chalking” in windows exposed to
sunlight. One quality peculiar to vinyl is its tendency to build up a
static charge causing it to attract dust and pollen out of the air. This
particulate matter tends to cling, making vinyl sometimes difficult to
Competitions MDF (we dont use this):
(medium density fiber) also called “hybrid”, “composite” which all are made as the
base material of sawdust mixed with glue and formed in the shape
required. The coatings range from a vinyl wrap to a painted finish.
Advantages are cost to manufacture and cost to the consumer, which is
where they get you! since
they look very much like more expensive wood. Disadvantages
are their inherent inability to stand up to water, they have the habit
of swelling and the finish peeling when exposed to too much moisture.
Top is Poly SOLID core (we use this)
Bottom is MDF (theirs)- SAWDUST LOOK, PARTICLE BOARD AND ALSO SEE HOW IT PEELS!
The material is brittle and can easily break under impact. NOT recommended for large windows.
most products made of wood byproducts, M.D.F. is very soft and prone to
damage which is very difficult to repair, but they SHOULD ONLY be
utilized in seldom used windows as long as care is taken when opening.
also exists around the use of certain potentially toxic materials used
in M.D.F. manufacturing. Most M.D.F. uses resins in its production
capable of formaldehyde off-gassing, which, according to the FDA,
doubles in level for every 10°F increase in temperature.
This material is rapidly becoming a major part of the shutter market do to its cost and appearance. Though off gassing can occur with M.D.F. and more than most M.D.F.s contain formaldeyhyde, not all are dangerous and with proper sealing techniques M.D.F.s can be used safely. Please educate yourself further before purchasing this product.