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How to choose the right shutter material for your window

3:44PM 03 September 2020

If shopping for shutters feels intimidating or overwhelming due to the many decisions you’re faced with, don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal. We’re here to help walk you through the entire process by breaking it down to one step and one decision at a time.


Right now, let’s talk about the three different shutter materials that we offer. Each one of these materials has its own advantages and unique applications. After comparing all three shutter materials, if you’re still unsure which is the best fit for your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us because we’re always happy to talk shutters and to guide you through the entire process. From start to finish, we’re here to help you be shutter savvy!

The three materials that we offer for our shutters are Essential Hybrawood, natural hardwood, and waterproof PVC. Here’s what you need to know about each of them:

Essential Hybrawood Shutters

Our Essential Hybrawood shutters are a great choice if finding something budget-friendly, while still being durable and gorgeous, is high up on your list of priorities. These shutters are a hybrid that are made with our strong basswood frames, while taking advantage of PVC louvres. Due to their hardwood construction, they aren’t as waterproof as our full PVC shutters which we’ll be showcasing in just a moment, but they combine the best of both worlds from the two other materials we’re about to look at.

These Essential Hybrawood shutters are our best-selling option. They are available in 13 different smooth painted finishes, which offers you a little more versatility in appearance than our fully waterproof PVC shutters.


These hybrid shutters give you the versatility of choosing from many different finishes to match any style and room in your home, the durability of a hardwood frame, and the protection from splashes and moisture - along with the cost-savings - of PVC louvres. 

For kitchens and Bathrooms, our waterproof PVC shutters are great at handling anything you can throw at them, from warm steamy showers on a chilly day, to the moisture that fills the air after cooking up a delicious pasta dinner for the whole family. For every other room, you can’t go wrong with our Hybrawood material if you’re looking for something a little bit more affordable than our natural hardwood shutters.


Natural Hardwood Shutters

Our beautiful Natural Hardwood shutters are available in the greatest variety of styles, with the most options for colours and finishes. You can choose between 13 different smooth painted finishes, and 11 different tones of stained finishes. There’s truly something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an accent piece that stands out and instantly grabs the attention of anyone entering your room, or something more minimalist and subdued to complement another focal point, we can help you make that happen with our Natural Hardwood. 


Our Natural Hardwood shutter materials are strong, durable, and made to last. This option is slightly costlier than our other styles, due to the hardwood material. But our natural hardwood remains a very worthwhile investment and you’ll have no problem installing them yourself, ensuring that this is still a very affordable option, even though it’s our highest-end material. Hardwood is the classic choice for plantation shutters, especially since our hardwood comes with the most style options.



Waterproof PVC Shutters

Our Waterproof PVC shutter material uses the same louvres as our Hybrawood material, the key difference is that the frame is also made from PVC in this case. These are also very easy to install, but still very sturdy, and completely immune to damage from water. If direct water contact or moisture are a concern, this is the perfect choice. 


This material is most popular for kitchen shutters and bathroom shutters. They look great behind your sink, where there is always potential for a splash, or in a wet room where they will get direct contact with water. Not only that, but they are also our most affordable shutters material and they come in a number of different styles.


What’s Next?

Have you decided on a shutter style yet, or are you starting off by choosing your shutter materials first? After you’ve chosen a material and style, it’s time to think about which colour and finish will look best for your home. 

Are you doing any other renovations to your home, or just the shutters? We can help you find something that will look amazing in your current home, or something that will fit with your remodelling and dream-designs. Your next decision is whether you would like to use our simple and practical DIY guide to install the shutters yourself, or if you would prefer to have somebody visit your home to take care of this for you at your convenience.


Check out our picture gallery for inspiration to see a variety of shutter materials installed in real customer homes!

Our friendly shutter experts are just an email away for tips on measuring, design or placing an order.