Internal window shutters are becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners and there are a number of benefits to upgrading your existing window coverings to high-quality shutters. With such a brilliant selection of shutter types and shutter ranges to choose from nowadays too, there really is the perfect solution for every home.
When it comes to designing and installing shutters, you will have a number of important decisions to make, including; which material you would like the shutters to be made from. Many homeowners don’t realise just how much choice there is material-wise for shutters and there are pros and cons to all available options. To help you narrow down the vast market, below we have looked into some of the best materials for internal window shutters.
One of the most commonly used materials for internal window shutters is hardwood and this is highly recommended for various different installation locations. There are lots of different types of wooden shutters available, from premium basswood to high-quality paulownia wood, and a shutter specialist can help you choose the ideal solution for your interior shutters.
Homeowners are drawn to this material because it has a traditional appearance and often, the natural grain of the wood when a stain has been applied to tailor the colour of the bespoke shutters. With painted shutters the grain really does not affect how the shutters look as in general it is not visible. With the option of having a gloss finish on wooden shutters too, this material can be really low-maintenance and durability isn’t something you need to worry about when installing hardwood internal window shutters.
An alternative to hardwood is MDF (also marketed as LDF when retailers want to avoid the MDF connotation) and this material is also used for internal window shutters. Medium-Density Fibreboard is an engineered wood product made from wood fibres that are bound together with wax and resin. The MDF is then covered in a plastic foil. This composite material is known for its durability and it creates incredibly robust plantation shutters.
Due to the fact that MDF has a higher density than wood, it is much heavier though and this can sometimes make it unsuitable for specific applications, such as tier on tier shutters or wider shutter panels. It is beneficial to get the advice of a shutter specialist before opting for this material if you’re unsure whether it will be right for the shutter style you’re interested in. We recommend MDF shutters for buy to let properties or if you have pets that may claw at the window coverings. In general, the wood shutter is a far more attractive shutter.
If you would like to find out more about MDF internal window shutters, browse the Hampshire Shutter Range.
A unique material that is starting to be used more frequently for interior shutters, specifically in bathrooms and kitchens, is ABS plastic. This type of plastic is very structurally sturdy and 100% waterproof, making it ideal for plantation shutters that are being installed in humid rooms or that will come into direct contact with water on a regular basis.
The beauty of ABS plastic is that it can be easily moulded, enabling it to achieve the traditional look of wooden shutters. However, when opting for ABS shutters, you will also benefit from the numerous advantages associated with this durable and low-maintenance material. Commonly, the coating used on ABS plastic shutters is a pre-coloured extruded coating rather than paint too, ensuring they will continue to look as good as new for many years to come.
If you think that ABS plastic shutters would be best for your home, take a look at the Alresford Shutter Range.
Hopefully, you will now know a little bit more about some of the best materials available for internal window shutters and it is fair to say that any of the options mentioned above are worth exploring when you’re wanting to install shutters in your home. Should you be looking for a company that specialises in internal window shutters in Hampshire and Surrey, feel free to get in touch with our team here at The Great Shutter Co. today. Based just outside Winchester we are easily accessible via the M3, A272, A34 and A33,
We offer a wide range of window shutter materials and styles to suit varying requirements and budgets, and we will gladly help you choose the perfect solution for each room in your home. We understand that navigating the vast market can be quite difficult, but our expert team can provide you with the impartial advice you need. Regardless of which type of shutters you choose to install, when you turn to us for your internal window shutters in Surrey, we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed with the finished project.