Real Wood or Faux Wood Shutters: Which Are Best for Your Home?

Happy family in living room with Craftsman Painted Shutters
Craftsman Painted Shutters in White Space

Shutters are perfect for traditional or rustic interior designs, and they can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your home. When you invest in shutters, you’ll need to decide if you should purchase real wood or faux wood shutters. Let’s break this down and help you find the best shutters for your home!

Real Wood Shutters

Whether it’s the rich grain patterns or the warm and inviting atmosphere, the natural beauty of real wood shutters adds a touch of sophistication to any room.

Stained Basswood Shutters in Osage
Stained Basswood Shutters in Osage

Wood shutters offer excellent insulation properties.They can effectively block out sunlight, heat, and cold, helping to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature year-round. However, the main advantage of wood shutters is that you can choose stained, or real wood colors vs the white/off-white painted colors in faux.

However, as with any natural material, wood shutters can be susceptible to warping or fading over time; to increase its longevity, avoid installing them in high-humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Instead of cleaning them with water, wipe the dust off with a dry, soft cloth.

Faux Wood Shutters

These shutters are often constructed with PVC and Polyresin Composite materials, which makes faux wood shutters’ insulation properties superior to wood shutters. This can lead to energy savings because your air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool or warm.

Another advantage is their durability. They’re resistant to warping, fading, and cracking. Faux wood is also moisture-resistant, making them an ideal choice for areas with high humidity or moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens.

Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton
Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton

Faux wood shutters are a more budget-friendly option compared to their real wood counterparts. Plus, they require minimal maintenance and are easy to clean. A simple wipe-down with a damp cloth is usually sufficient to keep them looking their best.

On the downside, faux wood shutters lack the natural beauty and authenticity of real wood. While they are designed to closely mimic the appearance of wood, some discerning eyes may notice the subtle differences.

It’s Up to You!

In the end, the choice ultimately depends on your personal preference. Take your time, weigh the pros and cons, and choose the option that aligns with your style and budget!

Woman smiling at Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton
Classic Faux Wood Shutters in Cotton

Wood shutters would be your best option if you value the authenticity of real wood. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cost-effective, low-maintenance option, faux wood shutters could be the perfect fit for you.

Call or chat with one of our Design Consultants to learn more about shutters! Call (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!

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