Over the last few years, we have seen the rise of composite wood shutters. They have become an affordable option for plantation shutter look. Composite shutters are made of an OSB wood that is a mixture of sawdust and other wood materials mixed with a resin to glue it all together. The result is a shutter boards that are straight and usually remains. You have seen similar wood also known as particle board.
The benefits of Composite Wood Plantation Shutters
Because these shutters are made with the mixture of wood products that are glued into a solid piece of wood, they are strong and straight. They can be painted to look very similar to wood too. They are also more affordable. You usually see shutters in the big box hardware stores sold as do-it-yourself window coverings at a lower price than custom shutters.
The problems with Composite Wood Plantation Shutters
There are a few downsides with composite wood shutters. The first that most people talk about is their difference in the appearance compared to genuine wood. Composite wood shutter boards don’t have the same real wood appearance. Additionally, when it comes to stained shutters, there is no comparison. Composite wood shutters in this case do look cheap and cannot compare to the appearance of wood shutters.
Water and moisture is an enemy to the quality of composite wood shutters. Because they are made of particles of wood, if moisture penetrates to the core, it expands, warps and weakens the boards. This causes many problem such as not being able to operate or close the shutters properly. This is a particular problem in the kitchen near the sink, and certainly in the bathroom with a shower and bath. The moisture eventually penetrates and results in loss of the shutter’s beauty and function. It really looks bad when this happens.
The benefits of Genuine Basswood Plantation Shutters
Durability: With the type of Genuine Basswood we use to make our wood shutters, their durability is greater. Basswood is a particularly excellent wood for shutter boards because it is straight and durable. Speaking to their longevity, let this be a statement, we guarantee our shutters and the installation for a full 10 years! Obviously, we believe they will last significantly longer than that with regular use. We started manufacturing and installing wood shutters in 1949 and there are homes throughout Southern California that still have them installed and working properly.
Beauty: Basswood is blessed with a beautiful grain that looks like real wood because it is! This feature is punctuated when the shutters are stained. You just cannot compare a stained real wood grain shutter to the composite wood shutter. And, certainly, the painted wood which is our most popular looks great with its wood grain too. Composite wood simply cannot have the beauty of real wood. And discerning homeowners can see the difference right away.
Lighter: Real Basswood is significantly lighter than composite wood shutters.This becomes a very real issue on larger window coverings because the heavier composite can warp easier and cause other functional problems.
Custom Fit: Most composite wood shutters come from China. They are created to fit a number of window widths, but not all. That is why you often see them as much cheaper. With our Custom Wood Shutters, you get an exact and custom fit for your precise window measurements.
Better for the environment: While both composite and Basswood products are made from wood, one is manufactured and engineered in a way that emits more harmful gasses into the atmosphere. Basswood is a purposely farmed wood that is constantly being renewed.
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