While we have previously discussed the benefits of vinyl shutters, and the reasons why they have grown so popular in recent years, when choosing window coverings for your home it is important to consider all of the options available to you. The fact is that while vinyl shutters are popular among budget minded individuals, should you be willing to pay extra for a quality product, there are benefits to traditional hardwood shutters that cannot be provided by other window treatment options. If you are considering new window treatments for your home, here are a few of the reasons to consider choosing hardwood shutters, and the benefits that these window treatments can provide.
One of the most common reasons for homeowners to choose wooden shutters over another variety of shutter is due to their traditional, classic look. Hardwood shutters bring a warmth and beauty to a home that no other window covering is capable of doing. While synthetic shutters such as vinyl have come a long way in mimicking real wood, there is a richness and texture that cannot be replicated. If you are looking for this classic look in your home, then hardwood shutters would likely be the best option for you.
A Sound Investment
This classic look of hardwood shutters makes them a better investment in your home than other window coverings would be. Hardwood shutters have already proven that they maintain their popularity over time, and are unlikely to go out of style anytime soon. Additionally, hardwood shutters have been shown to add to the salability of a home, as prospective home-buyers know the value of these shutters and the benefits they can provide. Installing these shutters can then be seen as investing in your home, as not only will you reap the benefits they provide now, but also, should you decide to sell your home down the road, your home will be more valuable and marketable as a result of these shutters, showing a good return on the investment you have made.
For homeowners who like to be able to personalize their home, and periodically restyle certain rooms, wood shutters can prove to be the better option, as they can be refinished should you choose to do so either by staining or painting. Synthetic materials however, such as vinyl, generally cannot be painted or stained, leaving you stuck with the option you originally chose for your shutters. Additionally, hardwood shutters often come in a greater variety of styles and colors to begin with, meaning that hardwood shutters will allow you to more easily personalize your shutters to match your unique style and personality from the beginning.
Compared to other window treatments, shutters give you greater control over the amount of light you let into your home. Not only can shutters be opened or closed completely, allowing for more light, and greater darkness, than other window covers, but also, they can be opened or closed to varying degrees in order to allow in the exact amount of light you wish to enter your room. This gives you greater control not only over the light that enters your home, but also, it gives you great control over your privacy by allowing you to let light in while still managing to keep prying eyes out.
Ultimately, different window treatments will prove better for different homeowners, and the option you choose will depend on your needs, desires, budget, and taste. Consider discussing you options with a professional, as they will be able to take into consideration your budget, style, and the environment of your home and will be able to help you pick the best window covering to meet your needs.