Plantation Shutters: Three Material Options for Your Windows

There are different types of window treatments which are suitable for installation in residential property. The right choice for your home will depend on factors such as design preferences, light control aspects and your budget. The plantation shutter is one of the favourable options that you should consider selecting during your home improvement projects. These are louvered window covers, so they allow natural ventilation and flow of light without compromising security. In addition, the louvers are operable, which makes them convenient for regulating the aforementioned aspects. If you decide to install the plantation shutter in your home, you will need to select a good fabrication material. Here is a description of the popular materials to consider for the improvement project.


Timber is the traditional material for fabricating plantation shutters. The popularity of this type of product can be primarily attributed to the natural appeal of the material. Moreover, the shutter slats can be painted or stained to match the unique visual aspects of your home. Generally, wooden plantation shutters will provide long-term service after installation, and the louvers are not prone to distortion or sagging in hot conditions. On the other hand, you should note that wooden shutters are susceptible to rotting and other forms of damage when exposed to moisture. Therefore, you cannot install the treatment in areas with high humidity. In addition, you will need to perform some finishing, cleaning and sealing tasks to preserve the appeal of the shutters.

Polyvinyl Chloride

If you have a stringent budget, consider selecting PVC plantation shutters for your home improvement project. These are inexpensive to purchase compared to the wood alternative. PVC shutters are available in an assortment of colours and patterns. You can also inquire about the availability of PVC shutters that mimic the appearance of wood. Additionally, the material is not affected adversely by moisture, so you can set these products up in humid rooms like the bathroom or kitchen. Unfortunately, PVC does not have a natural and traditional appearance, so it might not be a good fit for all homes. Also, some lightweight PVC louvers are vulnerable to heat and will sag after exposure to hot environments.


Aluminium plantation shutters have a sleek appearance, so they are suited for installation in a minimalist or contemporary home. The material is low-maintenance and will require only light cleaning for ideal performance. Moreover, the metal is not susceptible to corrosion, so it can be installed in humid environments. Regrettably, aluminium louvers are lightweight and will experience distortion under mechanical pressure. 

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