Window Treatment: Your Options for Wood Shutters

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Say you wanted to buy wood shutters, what species of wood do you pick? Your decision will vary depending on your home’s interior style because certain types of wood will feature a different kind of grain. You’ll also have to consider the unique features of each wood if you’ve chosen shutters as the window treatment for your New Jersey home.

Below are the three common types of wood shutters to consider.


Pinewood shutters typically cost less than cedar or redwood because it doesn’t stand up to weather. But it’s strong and moderately high in shock resistance. Pine wood shutters are an excellent choice for staining finishes. Its unevenly grained texture adds personality to windows and your home.

Red Cedar

Red cedar behaves like all wood types in that it absorbs moisture or discharges it to be at equilibrium with the atmosphere around it. The only difference is that cedar does not shrink much. This quality makes cedar shutters resistant to warping and twisting. If the shutters are well finished and maintained, they can serve your home well for a long time.


Mahogany shutters are warp-resistant, and installers can use board edges so that the shutters do not split. As long as oil-based finishes are used, these shutters can work well with staining or painting. Mahogany is also durable even when exposed to elements of weather; you use mahogany shutters for interior or exterior projects.

Regardless of the type of wood, you need to practice basic care to ensure the durability of your wood shutters. You need to clean your shutters, especially if it’s an exterior installation; make sure to match the cleaning solution with the type of wood. Maintenance will not only ensure the longevity and performance of your wood shutters, but it will also retain the refined elegance of this window treatment.