How to Choose the Best Composite Exterior Shutters for Your Home


How to Choose the Best Composite Exterior Shutters for Your Home

Meta: Not everyone is familiar with composite exterior shutters. Here is an article on how to choose the best composite exterior shutters for your home. 

How to Choose the Best Composite Exterior Shutters for Your Home 
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There are thousands of exterior shutters on the market, and each one can be made from a different sort of composition of materials. Hence, to understand their properties, it is also important to know about their non-composite counterparts too.

That’s why we have written an article on how to choose the best composite exterior shutters for your home to provide analytical information on how they are different.
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The materials mentioned on this list will be ranked as fair, good, and best across three categories which are durability, price, and aesthetic beauty. Hence, you can skip straight to the category that is the most crucial to you.

To clarify, fair means at least the material would meet standard quality, while good means it is decent among all known materials for exterior shutters. Lastly, best means the material it outshines others on the list.

Durability

Now, let’s talk about durability as it is one of the primary concerns of most folks who are looking for exterior shutters.

- Vinyl shutters: Fair
- Natural wood shutters: Good
- Composite wood shutters: Best
- PVC shutter: Best

Vinyl is essentially plastic. That’s why its durability falls in comparison with the other on the chart. Natural wood is durable against external impact but vulnerable to sunlight and moisture. PVC and composite exterior shutters are literally the upgraded version of the other two. Thus, with the several durability issues addressed, they have the longest lifespan.

Though, it is worth mentioning that, PVC and composite exterior shutters are still somewhat susceptible to warping in high temperatures.

Price

- Vinyl shutters: Best
- Natural wood shutters: Good, but also depends
- Composite wood shutters: Good, but also depends
- PVC Shutters: Fair

As explained of basically being just plastic, Vinyl leads the chart here for being the most affordable material for exterior shutters. PVC is the material that is most likely to be costly out of the four materials mentioned here. 

Natural wood and composite materials are both good in the pricing category. However, both can be relatively more expensive, depending on several factors. By the way, we have a different article, so remember to check it out if you are curious as to why that is the case.

Aesthetic beauty

- Vinyl shutters: Fair
- Natural wood shutters: Best
- Composite wood shutters: Best
- PVC shutters: Best

In this category, Vinyl that loses out compared to the other three materials. Vinyl exterior shutters do come with several minimal color options, but that’s about it. You will find it hard to make any different sort of customization to improve its artistic value. Meanwhile, exterior shutters of the remaining three materials have high aesthetic beauty value due to being highly customizable.

There is a slight difference between the three when it comes to color and paint type. However, as you can imagine, you can repaint them with any color, and freely add modifications to any of them. For the above reasons, only Vinyl isn’t performing well in this category.

Bottom line

Essentially, how to choose the best composite exterior shutters for your home would depend on your budget and if you prefer them to be more durable, or with high look-value.

The above information should be enough to provide a broad view of which material and good for which aspect.

If you have specific questions, be sure to leave a comment down below, and we will get back to you with answers as soon as possible.

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