Wooden Shutters And Hurricane Protection

The best wood for building interior wooden shutters is basswood.  The tree can be found from Quebec south to Delaware and the Atlantic coast west to Eastern Kentucky with an average height of 65  feet.  Basswood is a renewable resource and careful forest management ensures that the harvesting is done responsibly by balancing the wood growth with wood removal.

Basswood interior shutters are very straight and they also have a fine uniform texture with a very indistinct grain.  The wood machines well and is  easy to work, screws well, glues well, and it can be stained to a smooth finish.

Basswood shutters do not warp, they are lightweight yet very strong, offer uniform grain for a superb stain finish, and they offer superior gluing and finishing properties.

Oak shutters Oak is a very heavy wood which makes for very heavy window shutters.  Oak interior shutters will add a lot of weight to window jambs, with screws requiring pre-drilling.  They aren’t suitable for painting and the louvers tend to warp over time.

Maple shutters Maple is heavy like oak and produces interior shutters that are very heavy.  Maple also requires that the window jambs be pre-drilled.  The wood louvers with maple are hard to tension uniformly.

Poplar shutters Poplar shutters mill and paint very well.  The mineral streaks and green color help make popular wood unsuitable for staining.  For shutters, poplar wood is moderately heavy.  The wood is widely available and less costly, although it also  produces a lesser quality of wood shutter.

Cedar shutters Cedar wood mills and finishes nicely, although the color varies greatly for staining.  Cedar is pretty soft and can dent or scratch very easily.

For exterior shutters, cedar works very well.  The amazing durability and resistance to decay of  incense cedar makes it perfect for exterior use wherever moisture is presented.  Requiring  long service with very little maintenance,  it’s also hated by bugs!

Alder shutters Alder is an excellent choice for interior shutters, as the tree is very small.  Tall window shutters using alder wood will require finger joints.

Pine shutters Pine is a soft wood, with many different species and grades available.

Always remember that there are also poorly  constructed wood shutters that will rank very  low on the scale of quality.  You should always look for a smooth, well sanded surface, thick durable paing, glued and doweled joints, and a  straight light hardwood.  Before you commit to any shutter company, always request a sample so that you know what to expect.

If you live in an area that is prone to storms or hurricanes, there are several types of security storm shutters available that will help you protect yourself and your home.  Storm shutters aren’t in the wooden shutters  category, although they are durable shutters that move horizontally between the lower and the upper track.

Interlocking blades found on the storm shutters are made from aluminum and make up a wall of protection in the shutter.  If you have a  large area to cover, it can half a center  opening with half of the shutter moving to the right and the other half to the left.

Even though this shutter doesn’t fall into one of the most decorative styles of shutters, it does provide great protection against theft, flying debris, forced entry, and even the  dreaded hurricane.  Storm shutters will also give you more privacy and help to reduce noise.

A great example of a protective covering that will do a great job in protecting from the sun’s glare and heat is the aluminum awning.   They are affordable in price and very  functional, they fit doors, patios, porches, and windows as well.  There are two types available – the standard awning and the winged awning, and both will easily close down to convert to storm shutters.

For those who live in bad storm areas, storm shutters are among the best ways to help  protect your family and your house.  They  don’t cost a lot of money, they are easy to  install, and they won’t make your home stand out in a crowd.  If you want the best in  protection from Mother Nature and the peace  of minein knowing it – storm shutters are just what you need.