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There are many advantages to choosing a quality Synthetic Plantation Shutters. The main advantage is a quality Synthetic Shutters is ideal for wet areas as well as many areas of your home. Many Synthetic Shutters have extended warranties up to 25 years, whereas wooden plantation shutters often have a 5 year warranty. The other advantage is some Synthetic Shutters are cheaper than wooden Shutters. I have personally used Thermopoly Shutters in my own home with a combination of Timber shutters and have recommended them to friends. and YES, THEY LOOK THE SAME.
Myths about TIMBER Plantation Shutters: Timber Plantation shutters do not warp or bend. They are ideal for shaped windows and can be painted with quality paint or stained to nice woodgrain finishes. This gives the customer lots more options and choices.
The quality brand - Thermopoly Shutters are a premium brand of Synthetic plantation shutters and are often the same price as wooden plantation Shutters. They have an aluminium rod through the centre, are solid throughout and are correctly treated with the correct UV stabilisers. They are quite suitable for all windows, including hot western windows that get the hot afternoon sun. They offer great insulation in both winter and summer and seem to make your air conditioning a lot more efficient.
Thermopoly Shutters look practically the same as wooden shutters. You can often only tell the different by the weight. The cheaper synthetic plantation shutters may look similar from the front, but you can tell they are plastic by the way they are finished off on the end of the louvers blades. The cheaper synthetic shutters sound different when they are tapped and feel different to touch.
The only other limitation with Synthetic Shutters is they have limited framing options. Timber shutters offer over 10 framing options including the really ornate frames, whereas Synthetic plantation shutters might only offer 3-4. However they are often the most popular framing options anyway and I have not seen it limit our customers choices. Synthetic/PVC Plantation Shutters are often limited by their width per panel. This means you may need to go to 3-4 panels per window, rather than 2. It may not be the look you want for that window or that room and can sometimes be too many shutter panels in the window. That is where a mix of timber and sythetic plantation shutters can work well in a house. Especailly if its a quality sythentic plantation shutter.
Synthetic shutters usually have a limited width span, some of the cheaper ones as low as 550mm (less than 2 foot). A wooden plantation shutter can have a maximum width of 950mm. What this means is if you have big windows you will need more shutter panels to cover the expanse. This may or may not be the look you like, as the most popular look is one shutter panel per window pane. Often clients choose timber shutters for this reason. Synthetic Shutter are also heavier than Wooden Plantation Shutters which means if they are big windows (in height as well), the hinges may not handle the weight of the shutter as well as the lighter wooden plantation shutter.
Wooden Shutters are able to be made into many different types of shapes. If you have a shaped window, wooden shutters would be your best option. Certain premium wooden shutters with polyurethane paint can be put in wet areas like bathrooms as long as there is no direct water near them. They are ok with the moisture of the room. However, a quality synthetic shutter and a quality wooden shutter look very similar, so there is no reason to not put wooden shutters through your house and synthetic shutters in a bathroom.
Quality Issues: Just like all products there are different qualities and brands when it comes to Wooden Shutters. The cheaper Wooden Shutters are made of composite wood that is glued together. MDF wood is similar to what is used in bathroom draws, or commonly referred to as biscuit wood. If there is one small hole in the paint and the shutters get wet, the composite wood will swell up and burst. These cheaper brands will often warn you to not leave your window open or you will void your warranty. The better quality shutters use timber like Basswood and are painted with 2 pac polypropylene paint.
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