The most common plantation shutter is the wood plantation shutter, but as with all wood furniture, wooden shutters need to be looked after and maintained. Wood is significantly stronger than vinyl, making it a better fit for long, single units that don’t require any additional supports. The natural aesthetic of wood is a major selling point.
While wood takes more work to maintain, it is also a lot more versatile than vinyl. It can be repainted and re-varnished anytime you want to change the look or colour.
There are a lot of different woods to choose from, each with its own properties, strengths, and weaknesses. Oak, cedar, and basswood are often the preferred choices for shutters.