Classic wood shutters or modern aluminium shutters – how do you choose? If this is your first time buying shutters, this is the first decision you’ll need to make. A little knowledge of both materials will help you make an informed decision.
When buying shutters, there are six key areas you need to consider:
- Maintenance and finally,
In this article, we see how wooden and aluminium shutters perform in each category. By the end, you should have a clearer picture of either type of shutter would work in your situation.
The Eye of the Beholder
When it comes to looks, it is all a matter of personal taste. Both wood and aluminium shutters are attractive. Wood is warm and traditional and aluminium is sleek and modern. But the only thing that matters is what appeals to you.
A classic window treatment, white shutters suit traditional and contemporary decor styles. But you’re not limited to one colour!
There are always several finishes to choose from for both wood and aluminium. And custom colours are also an option, although these usually cost a bit more.
More important than mere looks, is the finish. You can stain or paint wooden shutters but a UV protective finish will preserve them.
You can update blinds and curtains more often, but shutters last years – decades even. With proper care, either wood or aluminium shutters will serve you well for a long time.
The quality of the fixings and other small parts are as important as the louvres and frames. Keep that in mind when shopping around and ask the salesperson about it.
Shutters as Security
Yes, shutters can replace traditional security barriers such as steel burglar bars. But Security Shutters are not the same as Decorative Aluminium Shutters. The material might be the same – high-grade aluminium – but the design is completely different.
The features that separate our security shutters from our decorative aluminium shutters include:
- double-core reinforced louvres
- thickened walls
- internal structural supports, and
- tamper-proof locks
As you might expect, all this makes security shutters a little pricier. But the extra cost is worth it because these shutters do double-duty. They are both a window treatment and a security feature all in one.
In short, if you want shutters to secure your home, get security shutters. Combine decorative aluminium shutters with security shutters to get the best of both.
Shutter Applications: Inside or Outside?
Closing off a patio? Screening off an area in your bedroom? Some shutters are better suited to certain applications.
Aluminium shutters are best for external applications such as enclosing an outdoor space. The material itself has high corrosion resistance. And a marine-grade powder coating adds extra protection against the elements.
The same qualities make aluminium shutters suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. Treating wooden shutters reduces the risk on warping, but they’re still better suited to drier environments.
But, wooden shutters are better suited to internal applications. Wood has a higher insulation rating and adds natural warmth and beauty to any space. That means it will do a better job of keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Aluminium is a good conductor of heat which isn’t ideal for regulating the temperature of your home.
Keeping Up Appearances: Maintenance
To keep your shutters in tip-top shape, get them serviced by your shutter company every year. Normal wear-and-tear is part of regular use. A yearly service can stop small issues turning into bigger problems.
It’s not true that wooden shutters need more maintenance than aluminium shutters. Other factors including exposure to the elements and accidental damage play a role. And cleaning your shutters every week will go a long way to keep them looking good and working properly.
Cost: The Price of Shutters in South Africa
Shutters are a big-ticket item, so you’ll want to shop around. But don’t base your decision on a blanket ‘per square-meterage’ price. Rather take some rough measurements of your openings and ask for a budgetary quote.
Shutters aren’t just custom-made, they’re also custom-designed. The number of panels, style type and material plays a role in determining the final price.
Save by ordering your shutters directly from a manufacturer like House of Supreme. And, when installing your shutters, experienced technicians are on-hand to sort out issues.
And the winner is…
The differences between wood and aluminium shutters don’t make one better than the other. Each material has properties that make it better suited to certain conditions. Broadly speaking, wooden shutters are great for interiors (except kitchens and bathrooms). And aluminium shutters are your best option for exteriors like balconies and patios.
Still undecided? Contact us to request a quote or make an appointment with a House of Supreme sales representative. We’re here to help you make the right decision and get the perfect shutters for your home.