Plantation shutters are increasingly gaining popularity in the UK as more homeowners discover the benefits of the window covering. However, with many different options available, it can be hard to know which shutter option is best.
The two commonly used materials are wood (namely, basswood and paulownia hardwood) and MDF (medium-density fibreboard) – but what’s the difference between the two and which should you opt for in your own home?
Note: although wood and MDF are the most popular materials used to manufacture window shutters, there are many more materials to consider. But for now, this blog post weighs up the pros and cons of both wood and MDF shutters to help you decide between the two.
- Wood is stronger than MDF making it more suitable for larger openings where a more sturdy fixture is required (i.e. doorways and bay windows)
- A natural material, the different grains and finishes of wood can add charm and authenticity to your shutters
- Wood is lighter than MDF and is, therefore, easier to use and install
- Different types of wood is available, each coming with a variety of individual qualities and benefits
- Wood comes with various colours and finishes to suit any style of home interior
- Due to the high quality of the material, wood is pricier than MDF
- Susceptible to humidity, wood shutters are not suitable for rooms that are humid (i.e. bathrooms and kitchens)
- Made from various different woods and topped with a plastic coating, MDF shutters are a lot more durable than wood shutters
- MDF shutters have a natural appearance and can be difficult to distinguish from expensive real wood options
- As MDF shutters have a plastic coating they’re a lot easier to clean
Cheaper than wood, MDF shutters are a great choice for people on a budget
- MDF is available in fewer colours than wood
- MDF heavier than wood and harder to install
- Somewhat less flexible than wood, MDF shutters have limited placement options available when it comes to intricate shapes and designs
For more information on wood, MDF and other shutter options available, or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, contact us today on 0203 960 6963. All shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.