Vinyl Shutters vs Wood Shutters: Which is Best?

Following our previous article on plantation shutters, we’re here to help you decide on the material that best suits your home. It can be hard to know what to choose with so many variants of window coverings around but we have made it easy, with a simple guide to both wood and vinyl shutters.

What are vinyl shutters?vinyl shutters

Vinyl shutters are cheaper than wood and still provide many practical advantages. Thanks to the hard-wearing nature of this material, these shutters benefit from a long life span.


Cost effective – will not require regular replacements and will last for many years as this material will not rot, fade or disintegrate over time.

Low maintenance – this material requires very little care, a simple wipe should they look dusty will be the most you will ever have to do to your vinyl shutters.

Ideal around moisture/condensation – for those rooms with high moisture levels, a vinyl shutter will be ideal for you as they do not crack, peel or fade.

Recyclable – should you wish to install a new set of shutters, your old vinyl shutters can be recycled. Although vinyl is a man-made material, it is environmentally friendly.

Colours – this material can be manufactured in a number of interesting block colours and transparent colours.


Customisation – should you decide you’re bored with your chosen colour, you can not paint over or customise them and therefore you must purchase a new set should you wish for a change.

Popularity – due to their low prices and common colours, they can be found in a vast amount of homes so if you’re hoping for something unique, vinyl might not be the one for you.

What are wood shutters?

wooden shutters

Although wooden shutters tend to be more expensive, their beautiful unique grains add an earthy texture that’ll enhance the warmth and appeal to your home. Whatever the design of your interior, you can guarantee that wooden shutters will suit all.


Easy to dust – wooden shutters can be dusted with ease thanks to their smooth finish.

Durable – wood is a solid, hard wearing material that lasts a long time when treated appropriately.

Controls light – wooden shutters block out the sun and the UV rays impeccably, so should you want near to complete darkness and sun protection, wood is the way to go.

Increases privacy – get rid of any shadows or silhouettes of people walking past and feel in complete privacy with shutters that can get rid of those everyday grievances.

Suit all designs – for those that like to redecorate regularly, save yourself some money with wooden shutters that’ll suit whatever project you have in mind next.


Perishable to moisture – wooden shutters aren’t ideal for rooms that experience a lot of moisture or condensation. Though it’s a tough material, water vapour can warp them.

Maintenance – although they can be dusted with ease, they do need regular upkeep such as coatings and varnishes to keep them looking as good as new.

Kingston Blinds have been established for over 18 years and we’re proud to offer high quality blinds along with professional installations. We cover a number of locations including Brough, Elloughton, Beverley, Barton-Upon-Humber, Hull and Hornsea. Whether you want advice or wish to book an installation – please don’t hesitate, call our friendly team today.

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