Superior Quality – Wood vs PVC

Wood Plantation Shutters Provide Superior Quality and Price When Compared to PVC

You don’t have to compromise quality to afford high quality wood plantation shutters.

Indoor timber plantation shutters are a popular window furnishing product  in Australia and NZ. However, some believe the price to be beyond reach. DIYShutters has ensured affordability without compromising on the quality.

Once upon a time all shutters were made in wood. Some like in New Orleans, have been in use for over a hundred years (on both the interior and exterior of buildings). Correctly chosen wood is perfect for indoor shutters. In New Orleans they use them outside too and just keep painting them!

DIYShutters supplies wood shutters coated here in Australia for internal use.

Best material for plantation shutters“do the world a favour”

Definitely NOT PVC.

Wood is; either Poplar, Basswood or Paulownia as they are timbers all similar quality highly stable over time but with slightly differing properties like weight and stiffness, which are immaterial for most applications. DIYShutters uses only kiln dried plantation timber for it’s shutters that will last tens of decades.

Aluminium is also a bad choice for indoor shutters as they are simply “too hot” in summer and “too cold” in winter. The metal transfers heat in or out far too readily. Wood is a better insulator than either Aluminium or PVC/poly. Aluminium shutters also usually come with a gloss coating – poor colour reflection and too ‘shimmery’.

PVC is not a good choice for shutters as the surface does not withstand UV light well and breaks down in sunlight faster than any other product. Most automobile manufacturers have banned it! PVC shutters are usually not treated with premium urethane 2-pack, it will not stick, and it can be assumed PVC will noticeably yellow in 5 to 10 years in the sun. In addition, cracks will form and eventually the surface will crumble. It is not worth trying to apply paint to restore them. Not so with timber. PVC is only good for taking to the dump in 10 years and you may pay very heavily to do so. DIYShutters only supplies wood and it can be repainted every 20 to 25 years if and when required.

Wood is also considerably stiffer than PVC, so panels can be wider, and less panels are needed to cover a wide span.

PVC is heavier than wood and also becomes much softer and will bow substantially when temperature increases. It can get very hot in Australian windows with the blind closed. That is why PVC suppliers won’t make panels wider than 75 cm as the bow in the centre can become very obvious during a hot day. the bow can become permanent. Wood and resists bowing and panels can be up to 95 cm wide. DIYShutters has supplied 110 cm wide panels.

PVC has ten times the expansion coefficient of wood, which is why the gaps in most PVC panels are large, to allow for this! To counteract the expansion, PVC suppliers will also keep the panels narrow so expansion is not so noticeable, jamming more panels across a wide opening. Instead why don’t you choose to have just two panels in 2-pac coated wood – they’ll look better last longer and allow a less cluttered and clearer view.

For the above reasons, no on line supplier, nor any supplier of PVC, does or will offer a warranty to guarantee the surface won’t yellow or crack or the louvres bow! The “lifetime guarantee” offered by some firms is  essentially useless as it does not apply to what counts – the true durability of the product. Instead it is easier to dodge the issue and fool the public by naming them ‘Thermalite’ or ‘Infinity’ or ‘Enduro’ or ‘Eco’ shutters. All the things they are not.

DIYshutters offers a 7 year warranty which includes the integrity and colourfastness of the coating.  As installed shutters 2-pac coated wood is from DIYShutters is about the same price as PVC or even online timber suppliers, and is the most economical by far in the long term. Wood, unlike PVC which comes from fossil fuels, is an environmentally friendly product, so why choose PVC? PVC uses a lot of energy to produce it and as a raw material is more expensive than wood. PVC is pushed heavily because suppliers find it easier to supply in 3 weeks as it does not need painting. They also want you to buy the whole lot again in 10 to 15 years and they desperately want you to think there is no other option.

DIYShutters keep costs down by employing automatic machinery to process the materials rapidly and by using efficient assembly techniques. This helps offset the extra cost of having to apply expensive high quality 2-pac paint. DIYShutters ‘smart’ Australian designed manufacturing allows customers to have what they would really prefer – the most pleasing appearance and the most economical option – all in wood.

DIYShutters challenge to it’s competitor’s is “go back to wood and do your customer and the world a favour”.