One of the most frequent questions asked by consumers looking for new window shutters is: “What’s the best material; timber or aluminium?”

Timber – the pros and cons

Timber offers an authenticity and warmth that is hard to replicate through other materials, and works particularly well if stained to enhance its natural appearance. For heritage homes or even modern homes designed with timber as a key feature, real timber shutters are a must. FSC certified timber such as Phoenixwood, from the botanical species known as Paulownia Fortunei and White Teak, from Gmelina Arborea, also offer the right strength and durability to create timber shutters that will last a lifetime.

Why aluminium?

Aluminium shutters do also offer important benefits, such as for exterior usage for shading on the outside of windows, or privacy for outdoor rooms. When treated with a high quality powdercoat finish they will last many years, and their strength and durability make them ideal to enhance the security of your home. A relatively low maintenance option, aluminium shutters can be treated in a great range colours, including light or dark timber effects. When closed, good quality aluminium shutters are highly water resistant and will enhance your outdoor areas during rain or windy weather.

Aluminium shutters do need to be kept clean and re-coated with finish to enhance their life span. It’s also worth noting that because aluminium is a good conductor of heat, it is not suitable for heat reduction purposes on the inside of windows.

Finally, if you’re interested in eco-friendly products, most environmentalists agree that aluminium shutters don’t really classify as ‘green’ since they use a lot of energy to produce and are not biodegradable.