Q1. What is the difference between real wood and faux wood shutters?
Shutters in California have changed dramatically over the last ten years. A shutter that was purchased a decade ago is nowhere near the quality of today’s shutters. Today’s shutters also provide a wider array of choices in color, materials and options. Not only are the finishes of today far superior, the workmanship is nothing short of extraordinary.

Of the number of advantages faux wood shutters offer, cost is the primary benefit – the price tag is generally 25% less than real wood shutters. For most people, Faux wood plantation shutters look identical to real wood. When price and budget are your determining factor, however, faux wood is a sensible alternative. In addition, faux wood plantation shutters require less maintenance than wood.

Q2. What is a Composite shutter?
Composite shutters are an evolutionary trend in shutters. They combine the amazing style of wood with the strength, stability and straightness of advanced modern day materials. Composite Shutters provide the modern elegance of quality shutters at an economical price point.

The WoodLore from Norman Shutters is, I believe, the finest shutter in the world. WoodLore is a Composite shutter because it is an engineered wood that is then covered in polypropylene. Polypropylene is the coating found inside dishwashers and refrigerators. They also offer a good price point, they are a fantastic insulator, and are easy to clean. I have these shutters in my own home, and I was pleasantly surprised by how cool my home remains on hot days.
Q3. Are shutters “Made in China” a quality product?
Shutters made in China have excellent finishes, superior workmanship and are less expensive. Their delivery schedule ranges from four to eight weeks. Shutters made in America arrive generally within three to eight weeks and are manufactured in two distinct qualities. When the shutter is made from materials imported from China, the shutter is superior in every respect. However, when the shutter is milled and painted in the United States, the finish is consistently inferior – this is largely in part to EPA regulations. Also, the price is increased substantial due to the costs associated with doing business in the United States. Shutters constructed in Mexico are no better, taking three to eight weeks and cost the same as shutters made in America. Anecdotally, American made shutters I have seen are replete with flaws and imperfections.