There are a number of different types to choose from, so keep their attributes in mind to make sure you select the most suitable one.
Solid timber shutters are made from locally farmed sustainable wood, or wood imported from Forest Stewardship Council plantations. European and exotic types are also available. Solid timber is the most expensive, but has improved aesthetic appearance, noise control, insulation and strength. These shutters can be used throughout the home, and UV- and fade-resistant finishes make them suitable for any area that gets a lot of sunlight. Another benefit is that they can be painted or stained any colour.
ABOVE: These aluminium security shutters with bi-fold doors from Plantation Shutters can be opened to reveal the view or closed to protect this outdoor living area from the elements.
Engineered wood shutters are manufactured using intense heat and pressure, a process which ensures a product with durability and structural integrity. In addition, the postmanufacture drying process guarantees high stability. They are stain, peel, crack and chip resistant, easy to clean and suitable for use in any space. Advanced coatings also make them UV and fade resistant.
Manufactured from extruded PVC, these shutters offer all the light, noise and temperature control properties of other types, as well as being extremely durable and easy to maintain. In addition, they are fire resistant and impervious to water. Suitable for any indoor and outdoor application, they perform especially well in humid and hot and dry environments, and are ideal for high-moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens.