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What is the best material for plantation shutters?

Choosing the right shutters for your home can be a bit of a daunting process, after all, they are going to be a focal point of your home and an investment you want to be 100% satisfied with. Picking which style you want is an aesthetics based decision, but how do you decide which material is the best option for your chosen shutters? We wanted to give you the low down on the various options available to help you make the right choice. 


uPVC (or Unplasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride if we’re going to get technical) is a popular choice for many when it comes to household shutters mainly due to its resistant properties and shorter manufacturing times. From a practicality point of view uPVC’s advantages include being easier to clean and more resistant to moisture, heat and fire making it the best choice for bathrooms, kitchens and conservatories that are prone to condensation. uPVC is a great option if you are renovating your whole house as you can use it in every room to create a consistent and elegant look throughout the home. However, it is useful to remember that unfortunately you can’t decorated PVC shutters due to the sealing caps on the edges. and that as the material cannot hold itself as well as harder materials it it best only used for residential properties rather than larger scale industrial projects.


When you envision plantation shutters in your home, it’s probably wood you are picturing, after all nothing beats the elegance of natural wood. From a professional point of view, wooden shutters are our favourite to work with as they are easy to tweak and adjust during the installation process, meaning we can leave you with the best results possible. As the name would suggest, hardwood contains denser properties than other woods meaning they are great to work with and easily adaptable, making them the perfect option for unique shaped windows. The higher density composition also increases durability and means they are less susceptible to decay making them a more robust and long term investment than some of the cheaper options. Unlike PVC, Hardwood is a great choice for larger windows due to its lighter weight and are also the best choice for those looking something unique as they can be carved, stained and decorated to your individual taste.  Some other advantages to using wood in the home in general are its insulating properties and the fact that it can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner- win win if you ask us! 

[insert Instagram pic] Due to their robust properties and traditional aesthetics, Hardwood shutters are the popular choice for period properties meaning we find ourselves fitting a lot of these along Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne seafronts! 

MDF (and why we don’t use it) 

MDF (otherwise known as Medium Density Fibre) is essentially a mix of sawdust and glue moulded into the required shape and given a chosen finish. Here at Oh So Shutters we choose not to use MDF as we want to leave our customers with the best quality shutters that will last them as long as possible and MDF is more likely to decay, therefore reducing its life span compared to the materials we offer. It is also very difficult to make any sort of alterations to MDF shutters as you can’t plane or sand the material and we don’t want our craftsmanship to be limited 😉


In conclusion, both uPVC and Hardwood have their place in the home, it’s really down to personally preferences and requirements. If you require multi use and have standard window sizes, PVC can still provide a classic and elegant look but if you have a more traditional or uniqued shaped space and are looking to make a longer term investment, Hardwood would be the best choice for you. Why not give us a call and one of our friendly team can come and give you a free personal consultation to run through your options and make our expert recommendations.

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