Shutters are a traditional and classic home design piece, and have been around almost as long as homes have had windows. The most traditional shutters are made of wood. Adding wood window shutters to your Elk Grove, CA home can easily make your home more attractive, efficient, and even more valuable.
However, there are tons of different kinds of wood shutters out there, so it can be hard to know which ones to choose. One simple way to narrow your search is to look at the shutter’s material. While there are many different species of wood, the following four make the best wood shutters:
- Incense Cedar – Incense cedar is a common and very high quality shutter wood. Harvested from northern California, incense cedar is very stable. It’s known for resisting cupping, warping, insects, rot and bowing. This kind of wood is also known for finishing well, giving homeowners like you the option to stain or paint incense cedar shutters. Shutters made from incense cedar will have a rosier tint with a pine or fir-like grain. ON the downside, incense cedar is not moisture resistant, and requires a lot of manufacturing, giving it a larger price tag.
- Engineered Wood – Sometimes referred to as PHD or finger jointed wood, engineered wood is made when manufacturers bond one species of wood or multiple species together with glue or pressure. Engineered wood offers many advantages, such as a stiff but lightweight build that makes it ideal for wide or tall shutters, an affordable cost, and lots of different colors, shapes and sizes. However, engineered does have a few downsides, like the fact that it cannot be stained as the stain would show the joints, and that there is a risk that the joint lines will become more visible over time.
- Alder – Alder is a hardwood usually harvested from the northwest regions of the USA. This kind of wood offers many benefits for the making of shutters, and is sometimes referred to as the wood Cadillac of shutter wood. Alder has a cherry wood grain look, making it very attractive. This wood grain also makes it easy to stain and paint. However, Alder is limited to 10 feet in length, making it a bad choice for larger shutters. It also is more expensive than many other wood species, and does not perform well in high-moisture.
- Basswood – Basswood is the wood most commonly used for shutters because of its lightness, ease of design, and resistance to warping. Basswood shutters can be easily stained or painted. However, they can only come in shutters of 12 feet or less. This type of wood is also not water resistant, and should not be used in areas that have lots of exposure to moisture. Finally, it takes a lot of work to prepare basswood shutters for a lasting and beautiful finish, making them more costly than engineered wood.
If you want to learn more about these kinds of woods for window shutters, or have questions about other kinds of window shutters, The Shutter Source can help. We have years of experience in the Elk Grove, CA window shutter industry, and would be happy to use our expertise to help you find the best shutters for your home. Please visit us at 11265 Sunrise Gold Cir Ste K Rancho Cordova, CA 95742, or give us a call at (877) 333-9424 to learn more about what we can do for you and your window shutters in Bay area.