Shutters are a standard decorative element for windows that sit on the outside of a house. Wood and vinyl shutters are the most common. Vinyl is a synthetic material that offers several advantages and disadvantages.
Vinyl shutters are less expensive to buy and install than wood shutters, in most cases. Since it is a manufactured material, it is made to withstand rain and other natural elements. It is also possible to get vinyl in almost any color. Vinyl shutters do not crack or peel. They are also flame retardant.
Some homeowners do prefer the look of natural wood shutters over vinyl. Vinyl is also less environmentally friendly than wood.