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Comparing Popular Materials for Window Shutters

From accentuating the beauty and functionality of your windows, to increasing privacy and security, window shutters bring great practical benefits to your home. As such, they have become tremendously popular among homeowners.

One of the key aspects of installing new window shutters in your home is to decide on the right material. Different materials can have different aesthetic appeal, and also have advantages and disadvantages in certain areas.

Here are some of the most popular materials for window shutters:


Wood is probably the most widely used material in most window shutters today. Its natural look gives it a more authentic vibe and classic elegance. Furthermore, its insulating properties and high sustainability makes wood the preferred choice for modern shutters. Also, shutters made from hardwood are durable and are versatile as they can be painted and stained according to your preference.

You might be worried about using wood shutters in places where moisture is inevitable like your bathroom and kitchen. However, the right treatment and coating will reduce moisture absorption and protect the wood against rot.

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to wood shutters, consider medium-density fibreboard (MDF). This type of material is made of wood composite from the residue of softwood and hardwood. Since MDF shutters are heavier than wood shutters, it works best on smaller windows. However, you can use T Posts to support its weight if you want MDF shutters for larger windows.

Also, MDF shutters with a plastic coating can easily be cleaned which makes it great for children's bedrooms or playrooms.


If you are looking for moisture-resistant shutters, you might want to consider plastic window shutters. Made of PVC, plastic shutters are resilient and offer great insulation. These shutters can be constructed in a way that heat would not affect it adversely. Moreover, plastic shutters complement homes that celebrate contemporary and modern styles.

Indeed, choosing the right material is important as there are many factors beyond aesthetics to consider.  

To help you decide the right material for your window shutters, get in touch with the knowledgeable and friendly team at The Original California Shutters in Toronto!

Wood is definitely my favourite!
Posted by: Mindy | July 31, 2019, 10:47 am
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