Plantation Shutters - Paul James Blinds

Plantation shutter material options explained

Plantation shutters, or ‘shutter blinds’, are a high quality, low maintenance and long-lasting alternative to blinds. They can add elegance to any window and can be made to fit any unusual window shape. Plantation shutters are offered in a range of materials including wood and uPVC, each material with a host of different pros and cons, and suitabilities for different rooms and purposes. This article provides a guide on the different options available to you so you can make an informed decision on your purchase.

Real wood

Wood is a great addition to any home as its warm colours and individual grained pattern add a feeling of luxury to the room. Wood can be quite expensive in comparison to other materials available, but it’s very long-lasting and durable so can be worth the investment for a long-term, aesthetically pleasing shutter.


  • Highly insulating
  • Good light control
  • Low maintenance
  • Strong
  • Can be customised to fit any window easily
  • Can be left natural or painted


  • Susceptible to humidity – can warp and bend if in areas of high moisture so unsuitable for humid climates and bathrooms
  • Expensive
  • Have to be cautious when cleaning – chemicals can damage the wood


Faux-wood plantation shutters consist of a vinyl or PVC and wood composite that offers a great alternative to the real wooden counterpart for anyone who wants the luxury of real wood without the price tag.


  • Cheaper than real wood
  • Suitable for humid areas – faux wood is moisture resistant so can be used in tropical climates or areas of high moisture, such as bathrooms
  • Easier to clean – faux wood can be cleaned using most standard cleaning products
  • Environmentally friendly – made from recyclable materials


  • Heavier than real wood
  • Can’t be painted or stained
  • Fewer colour options available
  • Less elegant than real wood

uPVC or Vinyl

uPVC is robust and resilient, offering a clean and stylish look to any window. Constructed from a thermoplastic material that is easily molded, this composition can be adapted to fit any window and is made from 100% recyclable material.


  • Can be more durable than wood
  • Completely resistant to moisture
  • No warping, peeling or flaking
  • Considered more hygienic – can be cleaned with virtually any cleaning product
  • High thermal efficiency
  • Fire retardant
  • Can be fitted with various inserts to increase strength and improve structural integrity


  • Can’t be painted or stained
  • Heavy structures
  • Would not suit a traditional or classic styled home
  • Some listed or old buildings and conservation areas don’t allow uPVC to be used in order to retain the character of the house
  • Limited style and colour options
  • More expensive than timber
  • Can be sensitive to UV light if not properly coated

Paul James Blinds offer a first rate and personalised service in the Colchester area and offer all types of window shutters to suit any home or decor. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to assist you in every aspect of your purchase, from colour choice to installation. For a free quote or home visit, contact us here.

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