What Is The Best Material For Plantation Shutters?

Here at The Blinds Gallery, we love plantation shutters! They add a touch of style and sophistication to any home and blend beautifully with any decor. These versatile blinds are available in a range of materials and shades and there are suitable options for practically any environment; from PVC vinyl, timber and even aluminium, you’ll find an array of options available. 

Whether you’re searching for cool, coastal vibes throughout your home, a warmer, more organic feel or even a sleek, modern aesthetic, they’re the perfect choice. Lightweight and easy to install, plantation shutters suit windows of all sizes and shapes and are a great way to add privacy around your home. They’re a popular choice for many homeowners because of their durable, long-lasting nature. At The Blinds Gallery, our plantation shutters feature rebated, glued and screwed joints for extra strength and stability. With superior finishes, our plantation shutters are extremely resistant to scratching, cracking, chipping and peeling. They also act as an excellent insulator and can help to keep your heating and cooling costs to a minimum. 

It’s worth noting that not all materials and configurations were created equal, some materials are not suitable for wet, humid areas and outdoor conditions, so what are the best plantation shutters to buy? The optimal choice for you is going to depend primarily on where you’re planning to install your plantation shutters, check out our recommendations below. 

Indoor Use

If you’re planning to install your plantation shutters inside your home, then you’ll have quite a few options available to you. One of the most cost-effective, long-lasting options is PVC plantation shutters. PVC is without a doubt an excellent material choice for inside your home. It’s extremely durable, so you won’t need to worry about it peeling, cracking or chipping over time, and one of the key qualities you’ll like about it is that PVC can withstand moisture. It’s moisture resistant properties make it perfect for kitchen, bathrooms and laundries. This means you won’t need to worry about having different window coverings in different rooms, which is great for a cohesive look throughout your home. Another great benefit of using PVC plantation shutters indoors is that they are very easy to clean and maintain – they simply require a gentle dusting and wipe down with a cloth every week or so. Available in a wide range of shades PVC plantation shutters are the ideal option for creating a range of styles in your home and can be chosen to fit well with your existing decor, or to give rooms a refreshed, updated look. 

Another option you may consider is timber plantation shutters. Whilst they are comparatively a bit pricier than their PVC counterparts, they’re still an excellent investment. Timber plantation shutters come in a range of different stains, wood grains and textures. Many people love the organic feel that they can add to a home and like the variations found in the wood grains of different timbers. Shades vary depending on the timber that plantation shutters are made from and the finish and stain used. They can range from light, Scandinavian-style shades, to deep, rich browns or even black which means it’s possible to match them with a range of different styles. Timber plantation shutters however are not suitable for wet areas, as moisture and humidity can cause them to warp and expand. If you’re looking for window coverings for your bathroom or kitchen, then it’s best to opt for a different material. 

Outdoor Use

If you want to install blinds outdoors and you’re wondering what the best material to use is, then the answer is aluminium! Aluminium louvered plantation shutters are extremely durable and designed to withstand weather and outdoor conditions. External plantation shutters are the perfect way to turn your outdoor space into a sheltered, relaxing sanctuary. Whether you want to create an area that’s shielded from the elements, or increase the privacy of your home, exterior shutters are an excellent choice. 

When it comes to installing plantation shutters outdoors, aluminium will have the most longevity by far. Our aluminum shutters come with a longer warranty and are guaranteed to be long-lasting thanks to their durable, strong design. 

Whichever plantation shutters you choose, they’re all available in a range of modern colours and style including fixed, hinged, bi-folding and sliding shutters. You will have a choice of 51mm, 64mm, 76mm, 89mm and 114mm slat sizes.

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