Exterior Shutter Options | How to choose the right material for your exterior shutters.

Exterior Shutter Options | How to choose the right material for your exterior shutters.

Trying to decide on the best shutter material for your home? We offer a variety of options, including PVC, Composite, Aluminum, Vinyl, Pine, Cedar, Mahogany and Red Grandis. Below is a bit more information on each material, but please reach out to our team if you have any questions at all as the type of material that may best suit your project can be determined by a number of factors - including if you plan to mount them fixed, decorative or functioning with hardware. Let's take a closer look at each material:

exterior shutter sample pieces of wood, vinyl and composite

PVC: Our PVC shutters are made from a high-quality, durable polyvinyl chloride material. PVC is known for its moisture resistance, rot resistance, and termite resistance. It offers the benefits of being low maintenance and long-lasting. With PVC shutters, you won't have to worry about warping or rotting, making them an excellent choice for areas with high humidity or damp conditions. These shutters can be a stylish and practical addition to your home.


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COMPOSITE: If you're seeking a long-lasting shutter option, our composite material is an excellent choice. It's composed of treated wood fiber, phenolic resins, zinc borate, and a water repellent. Despite being 90% wood, it resists moisture, rot, and termites. While it lacks wood grain or features, it can be painted to match your home's aesthetics. Due to its durability and affordability, composite is our most popular and best-selling product!


brick garden patio with exterior shutters under tree

ALUMINUM: If you're looking for a lightweight and sturdy option, our aluminum shutters might be the perfect fit for your project. Made from high-grade aluminum, these shutters are built to withstand the elements and provide long-term durability. They are resistant to corrosion, making them suitable for coastal areas. Aluminum shutters offer a sleek and modern look, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your home while offering practical functionality.


VINYL: If budget and low maintenance are your priorities, our vinyl shutters are worth considering. They not only offer affordability but also provide an authentic look that won't compromise on style. Our vinyl shutters are crafted from maintenance-free UV Stabilized polypropylene, a remarkably durable material that resists damage from prevailing weather conditions. The non-porous surface is particularly well-suited for high humidity or damp settings, as it won't warp or rot. Vinyl shutters are an excellent option for homeowners on the go, as they require minimal upkeep.


shutters on vinyl siding home with window flower boxes

PINE: Abundantly grown in the southern United States, pine is a superior, readily available, and affordable option. Our pine shutters are crafted from carefully selected Pine Graded C or better. With its golden color and beautiful wood grain pattern that's nearly knot-free (99.9% knot free), pine offers a budget-friendly and durable wood option. It's important to note that pine is more prone to gradual rot in coastal and high moisture areas. If you reside in such regions, we recommend considering cedar as a more suitable alternative. For optimal longevity, make sure to seal and paint the pine shutters annually. Keep in mind that pine shutters are not recommended for heavy-duty use due to their lightweight construction.


CEDAR: Cedar is a popular choice in construction and woodworking projects for good reason. It boasts both stunning aesthetics and exceptional durability, making it ideal for shutters. Our cedar shutters feature a reddish to pinkish brown hue, often with random streaks of darker red and brown areas. We use Grade B or better cedar with a straight and tight wood grain that's 99.5% knot-free. If you're looking for a visually appealing and resilient shutter material, cedar is an excellent option.


exterior shutters on bay window in front of house

MAHOGANY: For a truly striking shutter material, our mahogany selection is hard to beat. Mahogany showcases a dark golden to dark reddish-brown color and a smooth texture. It possesses a natural luster and exceptional durability, appealing to many homeowners. Our mahogany shutters are of the highest grade, 99.9% knot-free, and feature a tight, straight wood grain. If you're seeking both beauty and longevity, mahogany is an outstanding choice for your shutters.


RED GRANDIS: For those seeking the beauty of natural wood, our Red Grandis shutters are an excellent choice. Red Grandis is a sustainable hardwood known for its attractive reddish-brown color and smooth texture. It offers a natural luster and is highly durable, making it a great option for shutters. Our Red Grandis shutters are sourced from the highest grade wood, ensuring a tight and straight wood grain with minimal knots. These shutters can add a touch of elegance to your home's exterior.


So, which shutter material is the best fit for your project? Consider your specific needs, preferences, budget and desired aesthetics. Evaluate these factors to make an informed decision that meets your requirements and enhances the overall aesthetic of your home. Just know that our team is here to support you in the process of determining the right option from our variety of material that will meet your requirements.

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