Shutters are a fantastic investment for your home. Whether your taste is trendy or traditional, the timeless elegance of shutters adds to any room décor or house design.

Now that you’re convinced that investing in shutters is a much better choice than their blind and curtain counterparts (one that we would wholeheartedly agree with!) you need to decide what type of material is best suited to your requirements and home. To make this easier, we have come up with a list of the main factors which you should consider when choosing your design.

Inside or Outside?

The main factor affecting the type of material you choose is dependent on whether you want to invest in external or internal shutters. This is due to the conditions that the shutters will have to contend with during their lifetime, as external shutters have to withstand much a much harsher environment.

External Shutters

Shutter Design prefer to use Western Red Cedar or Siberian Larch for external shutters, combined with a range of finishes to give your desired look.

  • Western red cedar has fantastic insulation properties in comparison to other types of softwood, as well as excellent durability. It takes well to finishes, and its extreme versatility makes it a type of wood which can be used for both interior and exterior shutters.
  • Siberian larch is another durable wood, and when treated it endure for 80-100 years of outdoor exposure. Both Siberian larch and Western red cedar require little maintenance and are resistant to both moisture and decay, meaning that your shutters will last for many years to come!

Interior Shutters

There is a much wider choice of material available for interior shutters. Some examples are:

  • Basswood – an affordable and smooth type of hardwood, this pale wood is a very popular choice for internal shutters. Its lightweight properties mean it is also often used to make crates, and it can also be used to create musical instruments such as guitars, offering a warm tone.
  • Poplar – Fairly durable and economical, poplar is another common hardwood which is used to make shutters. Due to its tone, poplar is should only be used for painted shutters as its green streaks make it unsuitable for staining.
  • Off-cut timber – the flexible, durable and recyclable nature of timber makes an ideal material for shutters, and this material has been used as a window cover for centuries. Some of our shutters use off-cut timber, meaning that they are available at very competitive rates!

The Bathroom…

Steam, dampness and heat are all reasons why bathrooms require a different type of shutter material to the rest of the house. Poly and PVC shutters are both suited to wet applications, making them good in bathrooms. However, the limited design options should be taken into account.

If you’re looking to have the more traditional wooden shutter in your bathroom, never fear. Shutter Design offer a new window treatment which features closed-cell composite technology, enabling your wooden shutters to withstand the harsher environments of wet rooms and bathrooms.

Would you like to learn more?

Contact our expert team at Shutter Design, for advice and guidance on which type of wood and design is best suited to your home. Alternatively, book an obligation free consultation with us, where we will come and assess your proposed installation.