Materials for Building Window Shutters

Written by Brian Wright

Shopping for window shutters can become confusing because ofrepparttar huge variety of materials used and promoted as superior. The construction methods of a shutter unit, includingrepparttar 100052 materials used, contributes greatly torepparttar 100053 overall cost of shutters purchased. However, a well-constructed unit made out of high-quality materials will also last longer and look better than something less than ideal. Following is an outline of various woods and synthetic materials that are often used in building shutters.

Basswood Shutters (Tilia Americana Linnaeus, orrepparttar 100054 American Linden) Basswood is absolutelyrepparttar 100055 best wood for building window shutters. The Basswood tree can be found from Quebec south to Delaware andrepparttar 100056 Atlantic coast west to Eastern Kentucky with an average height of 65 feet. Basswood is a renewable resource and careful forest management ensures tree harvesting is done responsibly, balancing growth with removal. Each yearrepparttar 100057 United States grows about twice as much hardwood as it harvests.

Basswood shutters are very straight and has a fine uniform texture with an indistinct grain. Basswood machines well and is easy to work, and screws and glues well and can be sanded and stained to a smooth finish. It dries fairly rapidly with little distortion. Basswood has fairly high shrinkage but good dimensional stability when dry.

Popular uses for basswood include drafting tables, broom handles, carvings, turnings, furniture, moldings, millwork, musical instruments, woodenware, food containers, and surfboards.

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

Oak Shutters Oak shutters are very heavy. Oak shutters add much weight to window jambs and screws require pre-drilling. Oak shutters are not suitable for painting. Oak shutter louvers tend to warp.

Maple Shutters Maple shutters are very heavy. Maple shutters add much weight to window jambs and screws require pre-drilling. Maple louvers are hard to tension uniformly.

New Jersey Home Remodeling

Written by Total Remodeling

New Jersey Home Remodeling

The U.S. state of New Jersey lies onrepparttar Eastern seaboard, with New York to its north and northeast, and Delaware and Pennsylvania to its west. New Jersey became heavily industrialized soon afterrepparttar 100051 Revolutionary War, withrepparttar 100052 building of canals and railroads. It retained its position as a heavily industrialized state well after World War II. However, it is now better known as a commuters’ state, because many people who live in New Jersey commute to work in New York City, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. People prefer to buy homes inrepparttar 100053 suburbs of New Jersey’s cities and travel to work in other states.

At Total Remodeling, we have done several home remodeling projects in New Jersey. Since New Jersey was one ofrepparttar 100054 original 13 colonies, its craftsmen, architects, and designers absorbed several styles that were popular inrepparttar 100055 colonial period and also copied Victorian examples. Many homes in New Jersey have been built inrepparttar 100056 Neoclassical and Victorian styles. Most homes in New Jersey are built of wood, and since New Jersey is bordered onrepparttar 100057 east byrepparttar 100058 Atlantic Ocean,repparttar 100059 wood does tend to show signs of wear and tear within a few years.

Total Remodeling has done several projects in New Jersey using vinyl siding and roofing products, as well as doors and windows. We have used modern home remodeling products to give a new look to homes designed inrepparttar 100060 Victorian style. For example, we used vinyl siding products to finish a Second Empire French Victorian house in Maplewood, New Jersey, and received an award for our efforts. The vinyl siding products we use—System 2000 and Elite—replicaterepparttar 100061 look of cedar clapboard but require less maintenance. Our skilled craftsmen were also able to add and emphasize authentic period details that enhancedrepparttar 100062 look ofrepparttar 100063 house.

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