Material Types

To produce a plantation shutters that will maintain its beauty over the life of ownership, Signature Shutters follows the rules of woodworking determined through generations of craftsmanship. True woodworkers know how to design and produce an interior shutter and custom shutters to last in any environment.   If you have a question about the wood shutter or custom shutters, please contact us.  

Question: Which is better, wood or synthetic?

Answer: Both materials can be successfully used in the manufacture of interior shutters and window shutters, the decision as to which material used is based on the environment of the window shutters. The environmental factors that impact shutters in this decision are: water and heat. Water: Wood is formed with water; a tree transports solids within itself by the movement of water. As a result, wood can be reformed with moisture; either deliberately, as in the process of steam bending wood or the production of paper, or inadvertently by subjecting wood to standing water on your window sill or subjecting it to long periods of high humidity. Heat: Poly is formed/shaped by heat. The blown PVC used in most plastic shutter components is formed at 174 degrees. Likewise, as temperatures in a window approach 160 degrees, plastic can begin to lose its rigidity. This is why we have chosen Poly brand. Poly shutters use a special high-temperature process to prevent distortion of shape. So the choice between wood shutters and plastic shutters is dependent upon your environment. Wood shutters can change shape under changes of moisture and plastic shutters can change shape under instances of heat. Our trained designers will match your home with the shutter material most appropriate for you.  

Question: What is the difference between Hardwood and Softwood?

Answer: for the purposes of woodworking, the difference is in sap bleed. With softwoods, sap is liquid at room temperature, with hardwoods; sap does not liquefy until it reaches temperatures of 180 degrees. By using only hardwoods in our wood shutter manufacturing process, we have never had an instance of sap bleed in our 15-year history.  

Question:Will my paint yellow?

Answer: Not likely with our shutters. The paint industry has greatly improved the stability of colors over the past decade by adding UV inhibitors to paints. All paints (with the exception of oil based and Alkyd paints), will remain stable over the lifetime of ownership.