What are shutter blinds made of? is a fairly easy question to answer, the more difficult question is which one would be right for you and your home.
When it comes to what shutter blinds are made of there a 4 different materials all of which have their own pros and cons.
What are shutter blinds made of? Option 1: MDF
MDF stands for medium density fibreboard. A strange name for what is wood chippings bonded together with a resin.
MDF shutters are the most common shutters sold in the UK. Their popularity is down to 2 things, good quality and at a reasonable price.
Almost all MDF shutters supplied and installed in the UK are made in China shipped in (literally on the slow boat from China). Current delivery time is around 14 weeks.
MDF shutters are suitable for most rooms in your home except for for bathrooms and ensuites.
Pros: Price and quality Cons: Limited colour choice and slow delivery
What are shutter blinds made of? Option 2: Vinyl
Vinyl shutters are made from Polysilk Vinyl.
Vinyl shutters have only been introduced into the UK market in the last couple of year.
Unlike all other shutters the vinyl shutters are hollow meaning they are much lighter than all other shutters making them much easier to open and close and a great option for larger windows.
Both the components and the shutters themselves are manufactured in the UK, so delivery times are much quicker (usually and 3 weeks) when compared to the Chinese imports, and of course the carbon footprint is much smaller.
Vinyl Shutters are totally waterproof, so are suitable for every room in your home.
Pros: Price and Delivery Cons: Limited colour choice
What are shutter blinds made of? Option 3: Fauxwood
Fauxwood shutters are made from PVC meaning they are 100% waterproof.
Like the Vinyl shutters Fauxwood Shutters are a great option for kitchens, bathrooms or any room where your shutters might need more robust cleaning like children’s bedrooms.
Fauxwood is the heaviest material your shutters can be made from, meaning the maximum size of each panel is smaller than the other options.
Again most of the Fauxwood shutters are imported from China, but there are a couple of UK companies who have just started producing.
Pros: Easy to clean, 100% waterproof Cons: Limited colours, heavy to operate and delivery times
What are shutter blinds made of? Option 4: Hardwood
Hardwood shutters are the Rolls Royce of shutters, when only the best will do.
Made from natural timber they are available in a huge range of stained or painted finishes. If you need an exact match to your paint that can even be done, so the colour options are endless.
As with MDF, almost all of the hardwood shutters installed in the UK are imported from China.
As you can imagine Hardwood shutters do come with a premium price tag.
Pros: Fantastic colour choice Cons: Price, long delivery times and more fragile than other materials.
A customer made a comment to one of our shutter team after her shutters were installed that she had spent weeks worrying if she had made the right choices for her shutters. We designed a design system to remove that worry.
Our new shutter design system allows you to see and design your shutters at your windows so you can see exactly how they will look before you spend a penny.
If you would like more information of the most common problems with shutters and how to avoid them https://www.barlowblinds.com/6-most-common-problems-with-window-shutters
I hope that helps explain what are shutter blinds made of? and gives you an idea of the questions you need to ask your local shutter supplier. Suitability for each room? Colour selection? and your budget.