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Pros And Cons Of Wood Shutters vs Vinyl Shutters

Wood shutters vs vinyl shutters: Updating your current window treatments and need help? Discover the advantages of vinyl and wood shutters in this blog from Graham’s & Son Interiors. Plus, learn how these 2 window treatments compare and how different shutters may suit different rooms or windows.

1. Wood Shutters vs Vinyl Shutters – A Comparison 

2. Are Wood And Vinyl Shutters Both Suited For Any Room Or Window?

3. Vinyl Shutters – Advantages

4. Wooden Shutters – Advantages

5. Wood or Vinyl – Which To Choose?

6. Where To Purchase Shutters

Wood Shutters vs Vinyl Shutters

1. Wood Shutters vs Vinyl Shutters – A Comparison

Wood shutters vs vinyl shutters: If you are considering updating your current window treatments, but aren’t quite sure which type of shutters you should choose, this post will help.  Before we look at the features and benefits of both vinyl and wooden shutters as well as the best rooms and locations for each, lets consider how the two treatments compare in general. Have a look at the chart below to get started. The following chart gives an overall comparison of the pros and cons of wood shutters vs vinyl shutters. For a more detailed comparison, read on.

2. Are Wood And Vinyl Shutters Both Suited For Any Room Or Window?

Both wood and vinyl shutters are suited to most rooms, however, there are a few exceptions to keep in mind. According to, vinyl shutters are better installed in locations where there is high humidity or moisture such as in a bathroom next to the shower, solariums, or near a pool, jacuzzi, or sink. Wooden shutters, on the other hand, are much stronger than vinyl so they come in a larger variety of shapes and sizes. Wood is the best choice for larger windows because their louvres won’t sag or bend according to

3. Vinyl Shutters – Advantages

Graham’s & Son proudly partners with Hunter Douglas to bring you the highest quality custom-made vinyl shutters on the market, Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ shutters. The Palm Beach shutters are constructed with UV resistant Polysatin™ compound. They are plantation style shutters which come in your choice of colours. 

These awesome and economical shutters come with the following great features:


If you are on a budget, you can still enjoy the flexibility and beauty of shutters. Vinyl shutters are the least expensive of the shutter options, but they still provide the same benefits and they look amazing. At Graham’s & Son, we can give you a free quote during our first visit.

Maintenance Free Beautiful Finish

Vinyl interior shutters will not crack, peel, fade, or deteriorate like wood. Our perfectly finished vinyl shutters are scratch and dent resistant. They never need sanding, staining, or painting.  Their DuraLux™ finish looks almost identical to a finely painted shutter.

Moisture Resistant

The Polysatin™ compound of our vinyl shutters is specifically designed to stand up to damp or humid conditions.

Easy Clean

Our exclusive shutters crafted by Hunter Douglas are designed to require minimal care. Cleaning is easy with our vinyl shutters. There is no need to purchase expensive special cleaning agents. They clean up beautifully with mild soap and water.

Reinforced to Make Them Strong

Our vinyl shutters are specially designed to make them exceptionally strong. They are reinforced in major stress points with interior aluminum bracing and resin blocks for extra strength and stability.

Great Warranty

All Hunter Douglas shutters come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty, to give you peace of mind when selecting, purchasing, and living with your new window treatments. Their custom shutters are so well made that we guarantee them. Learn more about their great warranty here.

4. Wooden Shutters – Advantages

Graham’s & Son proudly partners with Maxxmar Window Fashions, a 100% Canadian owned and operated business, to bring you the highest quality custom-made wooden shutters on the market. You can choose from either their  Tilia™ or Cashmere Hardwood collections.

These classic and beautiful wood shutters shutters come with the following great features:


Tilia™ Wood Shutters are constructed of select, high-grade North American hardwood that has been kiln dried for optimal levels of strength and durability. North American hardwood is a straight-grained wood, which means that it will allow stains and paints to absorb into the wood to a better degree, giving it further protection and a richer look. Our Cashmere shutters are made from superior hardwood, which is firmer than most hardwoods. Because of its reduced moisture content, it is extremely durable.


Our wooden shutters come equipped with Enduralink™ connectors which are used to attach the louvres to the tilt bar. We do not need to use staples. The Enduralink™ connectors give added strength to the louvres so that they can close tightly in either direction. This greatly reduces the possibility of breakage.

Rich Finish

There is nothing more stunning than the rich beauty of natural wood. Our hardwood shutters have been custom crafted with state-of-the-art technology to give them a durable UV protected finish which will last a long time. We also use superb paint and lacquer finishes to give your shutters a superior finish and elegant appearance.

Wide Variety Of Colours

Tilia™ Wood Shutters come in a wide variety of colours. Choose from numerous shades of white, ebony, and deep rich stains to coordinate with any type of decor or furniture.

Low Maintenance

Our beautifully finished shutters are easy to maintain. Simply dust and then clean them with any wood friendly, ammonia-free product to keep the finish looking gorgeous.

Environmentally Friendly

Our wooden shutters are EnviroGreen and do not emit any VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or formaldehyde into the environment. Our Tilia™Wood shutters have also been certified by GREENGUARD with the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certificate and GREENGUARD Certified for children and school. Learn more about GREENGUARD.

Lifetime Limited Warranty

We offer a lifetime limited warranty on our wooden shutters. We are confident that our elegant window treatments will be a beautiful addition to your home for many years to come.

We have featured 2 top suppliers of shutters, Hunter Douglas and Maxxmar. Read our other blog, Maxxmar Shutters vs Hunter Douglas Shutters to learn more about what these two companies offer and why Graham’s recommends these products.

5. Wood or Vinyl - Which to Choose?

If you are on a budget, then vinyl may be your best choice.  However, when investing in window treatments, you should consider the total cost of ownership. If you purchase lower quality just to save money, you may actually end up spending more money over time if you have to replace them in a few years.

Whether you choose vinyl or wood, going with a higher quality shutter will be to your advantage in the long run. If budget isn’t a concern, then go with the type that best suits your décor. If you are looking for a richer, more classic feel, then wood is probably your better choice.

6. Where to Purchase Shutters

Whether you decide on wood or vinyl shutters, Graham’s & Son offers you the widest selection of custom-made, high-quality shutters available. 

Contact us today to book your free in-home consultation. We’ll come right to your home, measure your windows and give you a quote right on the spot. Also, the following diagram gives you an idea of the different parts of a shutter to help when you are ordering.



Learn the terms used when describing the parts of a shutter.

Graham's & Son Interiors

If you decide to buy either wooden or vinyl shutters, speak to the interior design specialists at Graham’s & Son. We can answer all of your window treatment questions and help you decide which type (California vs Plantation), style, and colour will best suit your décor and needs. With over 40 years of experience, we are ready to listen and offer you helpful advice.

We would be delighted to speak to you over the phone at (519) 658-9025  or meet you in person at our showroom located at 9 Queen Street East, Cambridge, ON  N3C 2A7. Contact us today to book your free in-home consultation and find out why Graham’s has been successfully doing business in Cambridge, Ontario for decades!


“Let me start by saying, I love my window treatments! Mr. Graham was very professional, easy to talk to; he talked with me, not above me, I was at complete ease. He listened to my thoughts, went through my options, and just like that – decision made. The installation crew was quite professional, friendly, and efficient. They were in and out in no time, with cleaning up after themselves, and ensuring that I was satisfied with what was done. I would highly recommend Graham’s and Son Interiors to anyone, and I look forward to working with them again!” – Anne Allen