Hybrid shutters combine the look of real wood with the stability of advanced modern-day materials. According to Plantation Shutters, hybrid shutters are made from medium density fiberboard (MDF); the MDF shutter components are wrapped in a polypropylene film. Polysatin shutters, on the other hand, are made from a UV-resistant polysatin compound that guarantees the shutters will never wrap, fade, chip, peel, or discolor regardless of extreme heat or moisture, according to Hunter Douglas.
Shutters also increase the value of your home by adding high-end style and controlling the amount of light you let into your house, which protects furniture, carpeting, and artwork from fading due to long-term sun exposure.
Shutters require more maintenance. You’ll need to clean them consistently because they tend to accumulate dust. For hardwood shutters, you may need to tighten the louvers due to both changes in temperature and typical daily usage.
In terms of cost, roller shades are the least expensive option, especially when compared to real wood shutters. They’re also durable and easy to clean.
Another perk to sheer shades is that they’re energy efficient. According to Houselogic, honeycomb shades are energy efficient because they feature a layered design that traps air in individual cells, which in turn creates a temperature-transfer barrier between the window and any room. Roman shades offer a luxurious selection of fabrics (including cotton, silk, and linen) and various colors.
Another downside side is that, depending on the material you use in your shades, they can be hard to clean. Silk, for instance, is a delicate fabric that households with kids and pets may want to avoid.