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Plantation Shutters

Methods for Shutters​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When considering plantation shutters, one of the first choices a homeowner must make is “From what material do I want my shutters built?”. There are many reasons that wood makes the best choice for a plantation shutter. We would like to take a moment to help you identify what to look for in a quality wood shutter.

Types of wood

There are many different types of wood used in the plantation shutter industry. The popularity will often times vary from region to region. For instance, incense cedar, alder and basswood are used in the Southwest and Northwest regions. In the Western regions window openings tend to be larger, calling for a lighter wood to maintain structural integrity once the shutters are installed. The woods used must also hold up to the intense sun, dry heat and lack of shade. In the Midwest, Aspen and Maple are commonly used. In the Northeast and Southeast regions, basswood and poplar are widely used. Cottonwood which is a species of poplar is also used. Even though it has some distinct characteristics, such as a strong, musty fragrance, those who use it just call it poplar, which can be confusing. While there are many woods that are suitable for plantation shutters, these are the most cost effective and sustainable wood available. As a manufacturer we prefer North American Poplar and Maple for our interior shutters because both woods have excellent strength, paint beautifully and are completely tannin and resin free which makes them overall the most stable of the wood choices.

Methods for Shutters​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When considering plantation shutters, one of the first choices a homeowner must make is “From what material do I want my shutters built?”. There are many reasons that wood makes the best choice for a plantation shutter. We would like to take a moment to help you identify what to look for in a quality wood shutter.

Types of wood

There are many different types of wood used in the plantation shutter industry. The popularity will often times vary from region to region. For instance, incense cedar, alder and basswood are used in the Southwest and Northwest regions. In the Western regions window openings tend to be larger, calling for a lighter wood to maintain structural integrity once the shutters are installed. The woods used must also hold up to the intense sun, dry heat and lack of shade. In the Midwest, Aspen and Maple are commonly used. In the Northeast and Southeast regions, basswood and poplar are widely used. Cottonwood which is a species of poplar is also used. Even though it has some distinct characteristics, such as a strong, musty fragrance, those who use it just call it poplar, which can be confusing. While there are many woods that are suitable for plantation shutters, these are the most cost effective and sustainable wood available. As a manufacturer we prefer North American Poplar and Maple for our interior shutters because both woods have excellent strength, paint beautifully and are completely tannin and resin free which makes them overall the most stable of the wood choices.

Not all wood is equal​

​Another trick to remember is not all grades of wood are equal. A common practice in the industry is to substitute a cheaper grade of the wood. A company may tell you they use poplar and they promote it as superior, but then use the #1 common grade which is cheaper for them. The #1 & #2 common grades will have more knots, imperfections, and curvature. It may also not be properly pre-treated to prevent any further movement in the wood which can later translate into warping. We promote and actually use FAS and Select grades of North American kiln dried woods. Chances are if you base your purchase on who has the lowest estimate, you will get what you pay for which is a lowest grade of the wood.

Not all wood is equal​

​Another trick to remember is not all grades of wood are equal. A common practice in the industry is to substitute a cheaper grade of the wood. A company may tell you they use poplar and they promote it as superior, but then use the #1 common grade which is cheaper for them. The #1 & #2 common grades will have more knots, imperfections, and curvature. It may also not be properly pre-treated to prevent any further movement in the wood which can later translate into warping. We promote and actually use FAS and Select grades of North American kiln dried woods. Chances are if you base your purchase on who has the lowest estimate, you will get what you pay for which is a lowest grade of the wood.

Authentically

American Made

Did you know that most companies within the shutter industry are simply re-sellers and don’t actually make any of the products they sell? So often these companies will never disclose that they are selling imported products or products assembled in the USA but made entirely with imported materials. We have witnessed a great number of untested, inferior woods coming in from China and other non-US sources claiming that they are real Poplar or Basswood, both in ready-to-assemble components and ready-to-install form. How do we know? Because they’ve approached us. What this means is that there are companies telling you they use American wood and have no clue that they are really giving their customers an unknown type of imported wood instead. Or maybe they do? At Elite Shutters, you always get the REAL AMERICAN wood you ordered! In fact, you can visit our factory and see your shutters being made at any time.

Here’s a tip:
If you receive a delivery time of eight to ten weeks or more, there is a good chance the product is arriving via cargo ship from the pacific rim, either in component form to be assembled and painted here, or already manufactured and ready to install. Our average delivery time is four to six weeks from the order date.

Authentically

American Made

Did you know that most companies within the shutter industry are simply re-sellers and don’t actually make any of the products they sell? So often these companies will never disclose that they are selling imported products or products assembled in the USA but made entirely with imported materials. We have witnessed a great number of untested, inferior woods coming in from China and other non-US sources claiming that they are real Poplar or Basswood, both in ready-to-assemble components and ready-to-install form. How do we know? Because they’ve approached us. What this means is that there are companies telling you they use American wood and have no clue that they are really giving their customers an unknown type of imported wood instead. Or maybe they do? At Elite Shutters, you always get the REAL AMERICAN wood you ordered! In fact, you can visit our factory and see your shutters being made at any time.

Here’s a tip:
If you receive a delivery time of eight to ten weeks or more, there is a good chance the product is arriving via cargo ship from the pacific rim, either in component form to be assembled and painted here, or already manufactured and ready to install. Our average delivery time is four to six weeks from the order date.

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