Plantation Wood Vs. Poly Shutters

Plantation synthetic faux wood poly shutters are sold online.


Horizon offers two plantation shutter material options, premium quality natural wood shutters and economical synthetic poly shutters. Here are the differences and advantages of each.

Horizon wood shutters are extremely affordable and competitively priced compared to others in the industry. The price of poly shutters is even lower than the trademark wooden line. Both will increase the resale value of your home.

Wood and synthetic shutters are both incredibly tolerant of harsh window conditions and are built to reside in your window for many years. Poly shutters are waterproof and will not absorb moisture in inordinately damp areas.

Life Expectancy
Solid well-constructed interior shutters historically assimilate into the home and sustain multiple room renovations over time. The construction quality is superior to other window coverings that may deteriorate or become obsolete. Both poly and wood shutters will provide exceptional performance for as long as required.

Finish & Appearance
Select from unlimited paint colors for either kiln-dried hardwood or poly shutters. The water based semi-gloss sheen is applied in three thick coats for a smooth, alluring finish. Both materials have a similar appearance when painted. However, only wood shutters possess the undeniable natural brilliance released with stain finishes.   

Installation of full-height plantation shutters in a window will insulate the home and help maintain a consistent indoor temperature. An independent study concluded that the addition of Horizon wood plantation shutters result in an amazing 31% heat transfer reduction. Poly shutters project to provide in excess of twice the insulating properties of wood shutters.

Strength and Weight
Kiln dried wood shutters are both stronger and lighter than the poly version. Individual wood panels can span up to 36 inches with no restrictions. Poly shutters have fewer panel configuration options, which are specified in the measuring instructions.

All Horizon interior shutters are designed and crafted to provide reliably flawless operation. Staples that link the tilt bar to the louvers are guaranteed not to dislodge. Louvers pivot on precision tensioned nylon pins for smooth louver movement and to remain at a desired angle. All components are milled and assembled for strength and unfailing dependability.

Measure for shutters with our easy-to-follow instructions that apply to all styles and materials of shutters. We then ship your custom shutters ready to install based on the installation method selected.

Historical Accuracy
Only natural wood shutters can comply with requirements established in certain historical districts throughout the country. Homes rich in character may be preserved, restored, or built using genuine hardwood shutters.    

Horizon interior shutters are low maintenance. Periodic cleaning with a soft damp cloth will keep your window shutters looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.

All Horizon shutters are insured with a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship. We anticipate the shutters you purchase today to be enjoyed for generations to come.   

Speaking with thousands of homeowners over 35 years, we can definitively state that wood shutters are preferable over synthetics. When price is a factor, or when a window is located in a high moisture area, poly shutters are a perfect alternative.

If you still have questions, please contact us for additional assistance.

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A shutter unit that only covers the lower portion of a window.
A shutter unit that is made specifically for an individual window opening.
A horizontal bar that creates top and bottom louver sections, allowing the sections to rotate independently.
A shutter unit that has one set of shutters on the top and one on the bottom.
Ornamental wood attached to the wall to the outside of the window opening. Generally used to give the window a finished appearance.
Paint or stain.
Used for mounting custom shutter units to the outside of a window opening and can have either 2, 3, or 4 sides.
A vertical strip that extends the length of the shutter unit hinged to the outside stile of a shutter panel. Generally used for cafe type shutter units.
Measurement top to bottom of the window opening according to our measuring instructions. Or, the desired panel height for café type shutters.
A two-leaf device that connects a shutter to the mounting surface or joins two shutters together.
Movable horizontal slats contained within a shutter panel.
A rectangular cavity in shutter stile for inserting a hinge – allowing a tighter fit to the side of the window or frame.
A single shutter. Most shutter units consist of more than one shutter panel.
A cut or groove along the edge of a stile between panels that allows them to form a joint to reduce light penetration.
Horizontal bar at the top, bottom, or across the center (divider rail).
A shutter unit that has one set of shutters from top to bottom.
A window is considered square if the difference between the largest measurement and the smallest is no larger than 3/16 inches and the difference between the diagonal measurements is less than 3/16 inches.
Vertical bar found along either side of a shutter panel.
Traditional or Plantation.
The number of shutter panels from top to bottom. See single tier and double tier.
Vertical bar used for adjusting the louver position.
Shutter panels and other necessary components (frames, hardware, etc.)
that work together to fit a window opening.
Area just beyond the window opening if there is no existing trim.
Measurement side to side of the window opening according to our measuring instructions.
Vertical sides of the window opening. This area will be used to attach a shutter unit using either the INJ or INH installation methods.