Too much choice? Shutter materials explained

If you have spent any amount of time looking into ordering custom plantation shutters, you may be overwhelmed by all the options out there. What material should you choose? Why isn’t the choice just as simple as “wooden” or “plastic”? It doesn’t have to be quite so overwhelming. Here are some factors to consider when selecting your shutter material.


French Brothers Shutters Promise

We make it simple by offering only solid materials – nothing hollow or composite. We don’t carry anything that won’t stand the test of time. With us there will never be a wrong or lesser choice. Our wooden shutters are solid hardwood, and our polyvinyl shutters are solid polyvinyl reinforced with an aluminum core.

Our interior shutters all have the same 3 year warranty and are treated with multiple layers of UV protectant and sealant - guaranteed not to fade, warp or crack over time, even with exposure to high heat and direct sunlight. With that said, we do have 8 product ranges, so let’s shed some light on the pros and cons of each so you can narrow down your choices.

Wooden Shutters

Classic Poplar Hardwood

Our best-selling and most versatile range, Classic Poplar Hardwood is made of solid poplar wood.
This range has 10 paint colors and 9 stain colors available. You can also get these shutters unfinished and ready to paint or stain yourself.
It also has the widest variety of frame styles and frame sizes. Whether you are looking for a frame with a minimal profile or something more decorative, you will find it in Classic Poplar Hardwood.


There are 4 slat sizes to choose from: 2 ½”, 3”, 3 ½” and 4 ½” to fit with any style and size window.

With a smooth surface, poplar wood allows for smooth, level paint coverage, and the wood grain is not visible when these shutters are painted.

This range offers solid panels, special shapes like arches and trapezoids, and accommodates special requests like custom color matching or fixed louvers.

For the same benefits listed above in Classic Poplar Hardwood, with a more modern look, opt for what you feel is best..

Making your conclusion

The easiest way to start narrowing down your selection is to decide what shutter style you are looking for, and from there, choosing your material.

Overall, wooden shutters are the easiest to work with since they are a natural material and can be sanded down slightly to adjust for any variances in your window opening. They are the most versatile as they have the most design options and can work in nearly every room of the house. However, they are not waterproof.


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