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Wooden plantation style shutters have become increasingly popular in recent years despite having a long history of use that stretches back to the 18th century where they first appeared in North America on plantations in the South.
Today the simple lines and understated elegance of the plantation style shutter, as well as the excellent ventilation that they provide has made them a popular choice for homeowners in search of a window dressing solution that will be both aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance.
There are a wide variety of different woods that are now available to the homeowner, each with unique properties and appearance. If you are considering plantation style shutters for your home you may want to evaluate the following choices of wood.
#1 Oak And Maple.
Although immensely good looking both Oak and Maple have certain drawbacks when used for the manufacture of plantation shutters. Firstly both of these woods are extremely heavy and that can cause issues with sagging in the long run. Due to the hardness and weight of these woods they also require pre-drilling for the jambs – this can lead to limited painting options.
Although somewhat lighter than both Maple and Oak this wood is extremely durable and attractive and provides an exceptional base for painting. However, staining is slightly more problematic due to the natural green hue of the wood, as well as natural oils that are present. On a more positive note Poplar is freely available and relatively inexpensive. If the homeowner is planning to paint the shutters or there are a large number of windows the value for money aspect of using Poplar cannot be ignored.
An extremely attractive choice for Plantation shutters. It’s also well known for its insect repellent properties, making it ideal for use as an outside shutter choice. It also take both paint and stain very well. Perhaps the only downside to using Cedar is the fact that it is a relatively sift wood, this makes it prone to damage during installation and regular use.
Another excellent choice due to wide availability and low cost. Pine is easy to seal, pain and staining makes it extremely attractive. Unfortunately Pine is also one of the softest woods available for use in Plantation shutters. This makes it extremely vulnerable to damage. If the homeowner is looking for a quality, durable Plantation shutter wood this would not be high on the list of preferences. That said – there is that value for money aspect to take into account.
In the opinion of many professional Plantation shutter manufacturers Basswood is the most appropriate material for the manufacture of this type of shutter. It is widely available throughout North America and Canada. It also has impeccable ‘green’ credentials as it is grown on sustainable plantations. The wood when harvested has a distinct grain and takes a variety of stains extremely well.
A careful evaluation of the various options when it comes to wood for Plantation style shutters will provide a shutter solution that will suit the individual style and budget of most homeowners – and will improve the attractiveness of any home.