Windows look more exquisite and become more efficient when reinforced with a set of sturdy and durable shutters. If you live in a warm and sunny place like Orange County, it makes sense to install window shutters that let you regulate the light and heat that enter your home. You can choose between wood and poly shutters that offer distinct advantages in terms of aesthetics and overall performance.
While wood shutters look quite appealing and can match virtually any type of surface to boot, these products are typically more expensive. Fortunately, they can be substituted with shutters made of dense polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin material, more popularly known as poly or vinyl. Emily Beach’s article for SFGate.com discusses some of the key benefits of poly shutters, particularly the potential cost savings.
When it comes to buying plantation shutters, vinyl represents an economical choice, particularly when compared to more expensive wooden shutters. Purchasing vinyl shutters may result in savings of 10 to 30 percent over wooden shutters.
Depending on the size of your newly installed replacement windows in Orange County as well as your preferred visual access, you can choose shutters with large or small louvers. Poly shutters, however, may require tilt rods and divider rails to support the weight of the louvers. In any case, Beach has this to say about the weather resistance of poly shutters.
Vinyl shutters serve as the optimal choice in areas prone to high moisture, such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms. This material won’t warp, swell or peel regardless of humidity or moisture levels. While wood shutters are stronger than vinyl ones, they are susceptible to moisture damage, and may not be the best choice for moisture-prone areas. Wood shutters also may suffer damage from insects in certain areas, while vinyl shutters are immune to this type of damage.
Before you get started on your Orange County window replacement project, be sure to consider your local climate conditions. If your property sits along the coast, expect high amounts of moisture from the regular fog and dew that blankets the seaside during the early hours of the morning. While properly coated wood shutters may endure excessive moisture, they may not last as long as expected.
In your search for quality shutters, you may come across inexpensive imported products. However, keep in mind that locally manufactured shutters are typically more reliable, especially those from Southern California where some of the finest wood and PVC materials are produced. Companies like Renewal by Andersen® of Orange County offer high-quality, locally produced shutters that can be customized according to your window replacement or enhancement needs.
(Article Information and Image from How to Compare Wood and Vinyl Plantation Shutters, SFGate.com)