Vinyl shutters are made out of polyresin materials, are very popular and are typically the ﬁrst choice when it comes to lighter neutral shades. The major attraction is that Vinyl shutters deliver the beauty and functionality of wood shutters but are low maintenance, easy to clean and very durable. Issues like fading, cracking or peeling paint as a result of sun or humidity are eliminated.
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Traditionally shutters were made out of wood and today they’re still very popular. Wood shutters most often made of basswood, a lightweight hardwood with a consistent color and a tight grain that naturally resists moisture and takes stain or paint well. The challenge with wood is that it’s a natural product and may warp, twist or bow in time. The painted surface can fade, crack or peel depending on the humidity and amount of sun coming through a window. Today, wood shutters are used mostly in situations where you need a rich stain color or where there are custom color matches. Elegant Shutters only sells high quality wood shutters made in Canada only as many imported wood shutters use foreign unknown species of wood that may not be stable in windows over time.
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PolyWood Wood Shutters
Composite/ Hybrid/MDF are made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) covered in a polypropoleyne. The poly surface is intended to give you durability like poly or vinyl shutters but the challenge really comes from the MDF base. The MDF base is a water sponge and at the exposed louver or stile ends where the MDF is only covered with paint, the base may start absorbing moisture, swelling and the surface may start delaminating, especially in a hot or humid window environment. Similar to MDF kitchen cabinet lines with laminated surfaces, this products durability is not the greatest and may be questionable in certain environments.
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Helping you choose the right Shutter
Looking for an alternative to curtains, draperies, shades or blinds? Interior shutters are a fresh, attractive option. Interior shutters can regulate light; insulate against heat, cold and noise; and provide optimum privacy. For the allergy prone, they can be easier to clean than fabric window treatments. They can also add value to your home.
From traditional louvered styles to custom shapes, there’s something to suit any decor. Here’s what you need to know to choose the perfect shutters.
Most interior shutters have horizontal louvers (also called slats, fins or blades) that can be adjusted up and down with a vertical tilt rod to let varying amounts of light into a room.
Plantation shutters have wider (usually from 2½ to 4½ inches) elliptical shaped louvers. The style originated in warmer European and Mediterranean countries, where the wider slats let in more air while blocking hot sunlight. They were brought by the Spanish to the American South, where they were a natural fit for plantation homes. The wider slats make a more dramatic architectural statement, and lend plantation shutters a sophisticated sensibility that works well in contemporary settings. Though 3½-inch louvers are the most common choice, custom designs allow for narrower or wider widths
Various window coverings manufacturers produce Shutters. Some produce shutters of all different material such as Vinyl, wood or polywood and other's specialize in only one type of material. For Instance Eclipse Shutters is only know to be producing top quality Vinyl Shutters.