Our “Ask Yasmeen” posts will tackle some of most frequently asked questions about plantation shutters
Our first question is: Do plantation shutters warp?
Natural stained café style shutters in Premium Elm Hardwood
Shutters are a long-term investment for your home and of course a big concern is whether they will warp, expand or contract when exposed to harsh sunlight, weather conditions, and/or moisture. Here’s what you need to know for your peace of mind on shutters that don’t warp.
Our wooden shutters are solid hardwood, not hollow or composite, increasing their durability and rigidity. They are coated with several layers of UV protectant and sealant (which is also mixed in with the paint or stain color) so they can withstand high heat and direct sunlight without warping or cracking.
Do all wooden shutters warp if they get wet?
If your shutters are going to be installed in a “splash zone” such as near a kitchen sink, bathtub, or shower, then we would advise using polyvinyl shutters for those windows.
If you have a special-shaped window (these need to be made from our Classic Poplar Hardwood) or are truly set on a natural wood grain/ stained shutter for a kitchen or bathroom, our wooden shutters will still hold up well if they are not directly under running water.
Installing shutters in a kitchen or bathroom does not automatically mean you cannot use wooden shutters – Check out these half solid raised wooden shutters!
Our poplar wood shutters have a smooth surface that is super easy to clean and keep dry. Just be sure to wipe down and dry the shutters if they do get splashed or if humidity starts to cause condensation. This will keep your shutters lasting for the long haul.
Our Premium Elm Hardwood shutters have a deeper more textured wood grain and are harder to keep from absorbing liquids. These shutters should stay in a dry area to increase their lifespan.
Splash your heart out and know that your polyvinyl shutters will not warp!
Our polyvinyl shutters are waterproof, built to stand up to moisture and humidity. These can be installed anywhere throughout the house. This includes installation directly in showers, and they can be exposed to constant moisture or humidity and will not warp.
Check out our American Polyvinyl or Affordable Fauxwood ranges, which are both waterproof shutters
made of polyvinyl reinforced with an aluminum core.
Opt for a painted hinge rather than a brass or nickel hinge to prevent rusting if the shutters will be in direct contact with water.
Rest easy knowing that we use only the sturdiest materials to construct shutters that will last. They are super easy to maintain without worrying about warping.
Check out our free samples to see the difference in our wood and polyvinyl shutters, and visit our Shop to start designing your custom shutters. As with any inquiry, if you are still not sure what material works best for a particular window, contact our team for advice. Our team of experts are here to help!
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