Interior Vinyl Shutters
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If you’re looking for an affordable, yet stylish window treatment option, look no further than interior vinyl shutters.

Today’s vinyl shutters are available in many colors and natural wood finishes that make them tough to tell apart from real wood shutters.

Budget considerations aside, you may want to consider vinyl shutters over wood as an easy-maintenance alternative, since they are not painted and the finish won’t peel or crack.

Most quality manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on vinyl shutters, which are also more durable than wood.

Interior Vinyl Shutters offer the look and style of real wood plantation shutters, but offer greater durability at a signficantly lower price.

If you have pets or children, vinyl is easier to keep clean. And if you live in a humid location, wood shutters can warp, making them difficult to open and close, whereas vinyl shutters have greater dimensional stability.

Vinyl won’t show dings and dents the way wood does; especially painted wood finishes. Since the color pigment is continuous, even scratches will show less than with painted wood shutters. Other than cleaning with a damp cloth, vinyl interior shutters are virtually maintenance free.

Vinyl’s ability to withstand moisture makes these interior shutters a great choice in your kitchen, bathrooms or kids’ rooms, or if you live in a locale subject to high humidity. With vinyl, you won’t have to worry about warping, mildew or mold as you will with real wood products.

And did we mention budget? If price is a consideration, you will pay as much as forty percent less for vinyl than for wood shutters! So, you can use that extra money on other home decoration projects.

There are several disadvantages to consider with interior vinyl shutters:

  • Vinyl shutters are hollow, providing good insulating qualities
  • However, this means that end caps are required and the caps also change the look of the shutters and some people may prefer the cleaner look of real wood slats
  • Hollow rails and louvers result in an opaque slat, which does limit the vinyl shutters’ ability to keep light out
  • The vinyl texturing process does simulate the look of real wood, but feels like plastic, so this is another consideration

Either vinyl or real wood shutters will increase the resale value of your home and are considered an upgrade from most window blinds and other types of window coverings.

Plantation style shutters are the most popular, with rotating slats that can be opened and closed to control the natural window light. A range of slat sizes is available to match your preference and decor.

Raised interior panel shutters based on the traditional Williamsburg style are also available from some manufacturers. Solid panels can be raised or lowered to control light and privacy. Panel-style shutters may have two primary panels, or multiple panels to match your design and style preferences.

Specialty design vinyl shutters are also available to fit palladium and sunburst-shaped windows.


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