If you are planning on putting shutters on your house, here are three great shutter material options outside of pure solid wood shutters that you may want to consider.
#1 Laminated Shutters
Laminated shutters are formed using thin lumber boards that are glued together to give the appearance of thicker wood. Laminated shutters can give the appearance of wood shutters without the cost that comes with purchasing and installing solid wood shutters.
Laminated shutters are very versatile in terms of appearance. They can be painted to match the colors of your home. If you are going for more of a wood look, they can be stained with most wood-based staining products.
The biggest downside to laminated shutters is that they are not made to withstand high moisture environments. These types of shutters work best either inside of your home or if you live in a low-moisture and low-humidity area. Long term exposure to water can cause the layers of boards that are glued together to separate, compromising the integrity of the shutters.
#2 Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)
PVC shutters are made out of hollow vinyl that has some reinforced webbing inside of it provide extra strength to the material. PVC shutters are generally the least expensive types of shutters on the market.
PVC shutters tend to look like they are made of plastic and come in a limited array of colors. The color on PVC shutters can quickly fade and develop a yellow look over time due to exposure to the sun, which generally cannot be reversed. PVC shutters do tend to be sturdy.
#3 Foamed Synthetics
Foamed synthetic shutters are sold under a variety of different trade marked names, although the essence of all of these shutters is that they are made with a reinforced aluminum center that provides a solid base to shutters and are covered with a high density polymer foam on the outside of the shutters. Foamed synthetic shutters tend to not experience sagging and bowing like other non-wood shutter materials.
This type of shutter also comes in many different shapes and colors, allowing you to customize the visual appearance of your home. They can be made to look like wood or other materials based on how they are painted. They tend to be heavy like wood and are sturdy.
When considering what type of none-wood material to use for your shutters, take into consideration what structural features you need from your shutters as well as what type of visual statement you want to make as well. Talk to a company like Active Hurricane & Security Protection if you need more help choosing shutters for your windows.