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Wood vs. Vinyl Shutters: What’s The Difference?

Wood
We were called in to replace these wooden shutters from a previous company. They were only 5 years old and yet showed signs of severe wear and tear already.

Warping of the wood is apparent as is the paint chipping. Also, the louver’s have sustained several cracks as a result of repeated use.

Vinyl
In contrast- vinyl shutters can generally be expected to last many years, with minimal care. They are extremely durable and are scratch and dent-resistant. Eclipse Shutters are the only shutter company that offers a 25-year warranty on their shutters.

They will not get damaged from the sun as they’re UV resistant. They are a perfect choice for high moisture areas such as bathrooms as they cannot be damaged by water or steam. You can even clean with them mild soap and water and the surface won’t be damaged, unlike their more costly wood counterparts. They are a durable and low maintenance product that will last and last.

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How To Clean My Window Coverings & Shutters

With proper care, your purchases from Quality Window Coverings can last for years. Here are some tips to keep them in that “just hung” condition:

  • It’s best to clean them on a regular basis to make them last.
  • Feather dusting on sensitive products is best to prolong their life.
  • Gentle vacuuming (with proper attachment) can be done on firmer products
  • Other cleaning techniques and cleaners are available, but it’s best to contact us for precise information based on your specific window coverings.

Hands down, our number one product are our California Shutters. We carry a few different brands but our top selling (and best value) is the Eclipse Shutter by Shade-o- Matic.

Most manufacturers will suggest a similar cleaning procedure where you just use water. In most cases, water on a soft cloth will remove dust and dirt that collects over time. Any harsh chemicals can ruin the finish of the blinds over time so we suggest staying away from those.

We also have a Vinyl shutter cleaner for those situations where water alone will not do the job! We use this cleaner in the showroom to remove any dust and stains that build up on our displays.

There are some non-abrasive detergents that will also do the job, but you have to be careful when it comes to the ingredients. Anything with citrus or acids of any kind can damage the composition of the vinyl.

As a note, anything that has abrasive additives should be avoided completely. If you have any questions about cleaning your shutters feel free to email us at qwc@bell.net