Functional timber shutters are operable so that you can open and close them depending on the need. Meanwhile, decorative installations merely enhance the façade of your home. Deciding on whether you want to have decorative or operable window installation is just one of the many parameters to think about. You also have to pay attention to the available type of material, or the kinds of wood, so that you can make the most of your investment.
To help you make an informed decision on the matter, Action Awnings gives an overview.
What kind of wood do you want?
If you are convinced that your home needs wood shutters, suppliers will want to know your choice of timber. One of the most popular types of wood used for shutters is pine, and it is one of the most affordable. Pine is categorised as softwood. Another popular and reliable option is basswood, which is a type of hardwood with a tight grain. Oak and maple are not often used to make shutters because of their innate heaviness. Meanwhile, poplar is less heavy, but it is considered a low quality product.
What are your main options?
While many suppliers will recommend basswood, others are more partial to western red cedar because of its many desirable qualities, not to mention highly attractive appearance. When kiln-dried, this type of wood offers durability and weather-resistance. An equally lovely option is cigar box cedar or Spanish cedar, which is lightweight and versatile. Sapele mahogany is a very strong wood with a luxurious appeal. If you want your exterior shutters to turn heads, then you must be willing to invest on this exquisite hardwood species.
Remember to decide wisely on the type of timber that fit your needs and budget. It is important to think deeply on this because the type of wood largely determines the total cost of window treatment. You should know the difference in costing for hardwoods and softwoods. If you are in a tight situation financially, but determined on having the look and feel of wood, you can find good quality faux wood or composite products that cost a fraction of genuine hardwood.