Plantation shutters offer timeless splendor for your windows and an investment in your home or office. With their classic look and durable construction, shutters add a statement of sophistication. Interior plantation shutters are the only window treatments that return value per total square footage to your home or office. Your value is underlined with energy-efficiency! The nature and construction of plantation shutters offers density and insulation for your windows, helping keep your energy costs in check. They are also excellent in providing sound insulation to help reduce exterior noise.  Shutters are a work of beauty providing both performance and visual elegance. 

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American Basswood, also known as American Linden, is native to Canada, New England and the Midwestern United States. In Ohio, it is found in the northern and western portions of the state. American Basswood is a favorite tree of bees as they extract nectar from its flowers, making a very high-quality honey in the process. The weak wood of this tree is both lightweight and odorless, making it the wood of choice for packing food into boxes and crates. However, the inner bark of this and other Basswoods is very tough, and the Native Americans cut it into thin strips and used it for rope, mats, and even bandages. The stately appearance of American Basswood makes it a favorite shade tree for large areas, such as parks and arboreta. Its leaves are the largest of any of the native Basswoods. When found in the open, it may reach 80 feet tall by 40 feet wide, with its lower limbs pendulous but upswept at the tips. As a member of the Linden Family, it is related to the other Lindens.

 

Basswood is the most preferable material for building shutters, and not all woods are made alike. Basswood is a superior wood because it is among the straightest of hardwoods with a fine uniform texture and indistinct grain. It can be sanded and stained to a smooth finish, and it is lightweight yet very strong.

 

Basswood is a renewable resource Each year the United States grows about twice as much hardwood as it harvests.

 

General Basswood shutter characteristics: Does not warp * Lightweight yet very strong * Uniform grain for a beautiful stain finish * Low in resin which does not to bleed through finish * Renewable resource which is replenished as it is harvested * Superior gluing and finishing properties.

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