Houston Plantation Shutters: Wood vs. Vinyl


Plantation shutters are an increasingly popular addition to modern Texas homes, thanks to the variety of colors and configurations available. They’re more durable and less expensive than custom draperies while adding very distinct charm to any room in your Texas house. If you’re looking for flexibility and performance, you’re looking for plantation shutters.

These window accessories are made with adjustable louvers, very similar to regular window blinds. This means you can easily adjust them to allow the perfect amount of light for any situation. Houston Plantation shutters also offer a feeling of security and privacy which goes beyond traditional window options. To outfit your home with these incredible benefits, however, you need to choose the right style.

Vinyl, Wood or Poly Shutters?

Poly (faux wood) shutters are the most installed Houston plantation shutters due to having benefits of both wood and vinyl shutters combined. Today we are exploring two other shutter material types: wood and vinyl. Each one has its own benefits depending on your needs and budget. Vinyl shutters are far less expensive than their real wood counterparts, but they’re much more limited in size and style configurations. This is because vinyl shutters cannot sustain their own weight over lengths greater than 29 inches, according to manufacturers. Even if your windows are smaller than 29 inches, some shutters may require support structures or divider rails to prevent sagging. If your home has larger windows, we recommend opting for wood or poly shutters for maximum longevity.

 

Vinyl shutters are a good choice for moisture control.

Vinyl shutters can be a good choice for budget shoppers and those dealing with high moisture environments.
For most situations The Shading Company recommends Wood or Poly plantation shutters.

 

Colors are another important consideration when choosing your plantation shutters. Vinyl shutters offer a variety of shades, but they cannot be repainted to reflect new design styles or color choices, which limits their flexibility. Wood shutters, on the other hand, come in a huge selection of hues directly from The Shading Company, but can also be painted and stained an unlimited number of times. This means you can invest in Houston wood plantation shutters and modify them to suit your style for years and years to come.

The feel of the shutters is crucial for many people. Vinyl styles attempt to replicate the look and texture of woodgrain, but the difference is usually very clear when close up. Synthetics can’t match the “warmth” of traditional wood. They can also vary greatly when it comes to quality, so if you’re considering vinyl shutters, you should view samples of each brand and style before making a decision.

Maintenance is another important factor to keep in mind. While wooden shutters are more durable and offer a greater spectrum of color choices, they are more susceptible to damage from moisture. In most areas of your home it wouldn’t be an issue, of course. Bathrooms and basements, on the other hand, tend to hold a lot of humidity, making them less desirable for wood shutter placement. In these areas, vinyl or poly shutters tend to be the preferable option as both hold up well to moisture.

Vinyl is also resistant to insect damage, since bugs cannot chew through the synthetic material. However, with proper finishing, such as the seals and paints we offer at The Shading Company, wooden shutters are well protected from insects.

When you’re ready to change the look of your home, the installation is just as important as the materials, themselves. At The Shading Company, we have years of experience transforming homes with beautiful plantation shutters. Don’t trust your space to just anyone – call Houston’s favorite shade solution team.

The Shading Company

Phone: (713) 597-2884