Wood Shutters vs. Vinyl Shutters

When looking to install shutters, which type should you choose? Wood shutters have traditionally been the most popular choice, but as the years have passed, vinyl shutters have caught the eye of more and more homeowners. Before deciding which shutters are right for you, consider the pros and cons of both types and take everything into consideration.

Some people prefer wood shutters just because of the classic look they can bring to a home. Real wood can give any home a warm, welcoming feeling and can usually be painted and stained a variety of colors, easily matching up with any existing décor. Also, many wood shutters can be custom milled to fit windows of many sizes and shapes, so you won’t be limited in your selection. But many vinyl shutters look almost exactly like wood so they can provide the same style without the rotting, warping, maintenance, and vulnerability to insect damage.

Vinyl shutters, however, are growing in popularity as the benefits become clearer. Most vinyl shutters cost less than wood shutters, so on a purely economic scale, these shutters make more sense. The vinyl material can also provide you a better return on your investment, as it won’t crack, peel, fade, or deteriorate over time like wood will. This durability also makes vinyl shutters a great fit for just about anywhere inside and outside the house, including near showers, sinks, swimming pools, and other areas that are frequently exposed to moisture. Vinyl shutters are also flame retardant and insulate much better than wood shutters. They’re even easier to clean.

At ASI Building Products, we carry vinyl shutters from some of the nation’s top brands, including Mastic, Mid-America, and ANCHORSafe. For more information on our shutters, please call or e-mail us today. We operate throughout the southeastern U.S., including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and beyond.