What Is the Best Material for Plantation Shutters?

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So, you’ve decided to get shutters. Excellent choice. However, after a bit of research, you might have found yourself pondering over materials. When it comes to choosing the right material, it’s important to think about your needs.

At California Shutters, we understand that each home has its own personality, and so should its shutters. As such, we want to give you as much choice as possible, without muddying the waters.

We offer two different materials, each with their own merits. In this quick guide, we’ll help you understand water is the best material for plantation shutters and why certain ones didn’t make the cut.

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Paulownia: The natural choice

Paulownia hardwood is the perfect all-rounder of window shutter materials – versatile, strong, and naturally elegant. It's super robust, ensuring your interior wood shutters withstand the test of time, yet lightweight, making it easy to handle and install.

It’s also incredibly sustainable. At California Shutters, we're not just about making your windows look fabulous; we're also about loving our planet. That's why we ensure that for every Paulownia tree used, another is planted in its place.

This commitment to sustainability makes Paulownia an excellent choice for bringing a piece of nature into your home responsibly.

Faux Wood: Waterproof and hard-wearing

In certain spaces – such as kitchens and bathrooms – you need a shutter that can take a little more punishment. Enter waterproof faux wood.

Manufactured right here in the UK in our very own factory, faux wood is perfect for spaces that experience a bit more moisture. It's resistant to warping, fading, and cracking, making it a hard-wearing choice for any home.

And because it’s locally manufactured, we’re able to ship faux wood shutters to our customers in record time.

See our delivery times for more information on current lead times.

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Why not MDF?

MDF is one of the most popular window shutter materials on the market, so why doesn’t California Shutters offer MDF?

We've chosen to focus on materials that offer superior quality and sustainability.

MDF, being denser and heavier, doesn't quite match the light, robust, and eco-friendly nature of Paulownia hardwood or the durability and practicality of our faux wood.

It's also vulnerable to temperature extremes and is much easier to stain. We want you to enjoy your shutters for years to come, so you’ll only ever find the highest quality materials in our portfolio.

Making the right choice

Choosing the right material for your plantation shutters boils down to understanding your space's needs.

If you're looking for something light, sustainable, and naturally beautiful, Paulownia hardwood is your go-to.

For areas prone to moisture or condensation, our waterproof faux wood is the ideal candidate.

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