• When buying window shutters, it’s good to know about the different material options that are available. Photo: Shutter City (2017)

Bob Calderara is owner of Shutter City. To reach Bob Calderara call (925) 268-8317.
3 Types of Shutter Materials

RIPON − When buying shutters to cover your home’s windows, in addition to picking a design, you’ll need to choose from different materials. Your choice of shutter material will likely depend on several factors, from your color and style preferences to your budget size. Here are the three major types of shutter materials available:

Plastic (vinyl)
Plastic shutters are a good choice if you’re on a limited budget. Besides being the least expensive option, plastic shutters are fully weather- and moisture-resistant, which makes them virtually maintenance-free.

If you have a larger budget and live in a high-end home, consider choosing wood shutters. Since they can be modified to fit uniquely shaped windows or particular color preferences, wood shutters are a premier designer option. They’re also very durable due to their solid construction, so much so that they’re considered a “fixed asset” that actually adds to your home’s resale value. However, since wood is susceptible to moisture issues, keep in mind that you’ll need to proactively maintain your shutters in order for them to reach their full lifespan.

Composite (faux wood)

If you like the look of wood but want the affordability and low maintenance of plastic, composite shutters may be the right choice. Constructed from engineered wood, composite shutters are similar to natural wood in weight and visual appearance, but they don’t have the same vulnerability to moisture-related damage. Additionally, composite shutters typically come with a lifetime warranty.


Bob Calderara is a 30-year veteran of the window covering industry and owner of Shutter City, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 268-8317 or by email.

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