15″ – 99″
Genuine wood shutters are an elegant treatment available in a variety of hardwood, including oak, maple, cherry, basswood, aspen, or poplar, and can be custom stained to match your home’s decor.
Unlike composite/poly shutters made of “faux wood”, plantation shutters made of real wood have a higher-end visual appeal because of the natural texture and grain found in the wood, making them the heavier and more expensive option. If you want real wood without breaking the bank, the lighter-weight basswood, aspen or poplar woods are less expensive than the darker woods including oak, maple, and cherry, and all of them look beautiful when custom stained.
Environmental conditions can affect wood, and that should be considered in your decision to purchase. One of the disadvantages to plantation shutters made of real wood is that they are more susceptible to cracking, sagging, and discoloration from the sun. This is why we wouldn’t recommend real wood shutters in a bathroom or other room that experiences high moisture content as this could accelerate the sagging and damage of the wood. We also wouldn’t recommend real wood shutters for windows that will be in constant direct sunlight and high heat as this could also cause warping and discoloration. If the shutters will be exposed to these kinds of elements, we recommend faux wood or composite shutters. If this is not an issue for you, real wood plantations shutters will last for many years in beautiful condition.
Schedule an in-home consultation with one of our Window Covering Experts to have us bring samples and discuss your custom shutter options right in your own home. We even offer shutters for arched windows and other unique shapes and glass doors to work with your needs. There is no obligation, and the consultation is free! Take advantage of our current window covering promotions by scheduling an appointment or calling us at 858-943-4540.
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Many factors impact the lifespan of wood shutters, including environmental humidity and how you care for them. However, with proper installation and regular cleaning, you can expect your real wood shutters to last 10 to 20 years, or even longer. For some homeowners, this lifespan exceeds the time you own the home—and, as a bonus, plantation shutters are a unique selling point that can add to your home’s sale price.
Basswood, a type of hardwood grown in the northern United States, is the best wood for shutters. Basswood is lightweight yet durable and does not warp, something very important to ensure your shutters look and function great for many years. It has an exceptionally uniform texture and easily accepts stain to match every interior. Basswood is a renewable resource harvested at only half the rate it is grown, ensuring responsible forestation.
Fabric curtains have long been known for their ability to help block unwanted noise from outside your home, but wooden shutters are also the right choice. The wood used in the slats is suitable for sound absorption because of the small air spaces found naturally within the grain. These air spaces trap sound and stop it from coming into your home (or at least reduce the level). Another factor is the wood grain direction. Wood conducts sound along the grain, and since shutter slats are usually made with the wood grain running parallel to the window, this means that sounds from outside your home are coming at a perpendicular angle – allowing for maximum sound absorption and leaving you with a quiet, peaceful home.
|Custom stain and paint matching||High cost|
|Curb appeal||Not suited for high moisture areas|
|Timeless look||Larger windows need multiple panels|
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