Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Since the dawn of humankind, we’ve struggled with difficult existential questions. Fortunately, we can now remove “Which should I choose, wood or vinyl plantation shutters?” from the list. Here are the pros and cons of purchasing genuine wood plantation shutters versus faux wood (AKA vinyl):
- Warm, authentic, luxurious look, displays natural wood grain
- Can be painted or stained to match any custom color
- Can be custom milled to fit any window or door configuration
Wood Shutter Cons:
- More expensive, depending on finish and custom requirements (from $23 to$66 per square foot)
- Will warp and show signs of water damage if exposed to moisture for prolonged periods
Conclusion: Wood conveys warmth in a way that only wood can, and if you’re a traditionalist, you probably won’t be happy with anything less. Wood shutters are best for homes that require a custom fit and finish, and provide a natural richness, no matter how they’re painted or stained. The only place wood shutters fall short is in their resistance to moisture, so you may want to swap out your wood for vinyl just in damp areas, like bathrooms.
- Won’t warp or swell in high moisture areas (kitchens, bathrooms, pool area)
- Won’t crack, peel or deteriorate over time
- Considerably less expensive than wood (about $11 to$16 per square foot)
Vinyl Shutter Cons:
- Limited finishes (usually white and natural wood grain), cannot be matched to existing woodwork
- Limited custom sizes and configurations available
Conclusion: If price is a factor, vinyl is really the best choice (or ONLY choice, depending on your budget). For a modest cost, you can enjoy the look and shade of plantation shutters without breaking the bank. While it can’t beat the natural warmth of wood, vinyl is durable, and is proven to be long-lasting and resilient, even in the most humid conditions.
Whatever plantation shutters you choose, there’s no question they’re a great investment for your home!