Hardwood Type MapleMaple Plantation Shutters

Why maple is the benchmark hardwood for painted shutters

In order to realize our goal of producing the finest shutters available, even our painted shutters are crafted from furniture grade maple. The strength and density of maple makes for a superior plantation shutter in almost every measurable criterion.

Why Does Wood Density Matter?

Wood density measures the strength of a wood and it’s resistance to indentation. Kirtz® Shutters use high density maple for longevity and lasting beauty. Independent tests prove maple is much denser than other woods commonly used in mass market plantation shutters.

Hardwood Density Chart
Numbers were generated using the Janka Hardness test, a standardized measure of wood density and resistance to indentation. Source: Wood Handbook, “Wood as an Engineering Material” – USDA, Washington, D.C.

Top 5 Advantages of Maple Shutters


Maple’s dense, hard surface resists real world dings and dents, making it an excellent choice for wear-resistant plantation shutters.

Larger Panels

The width and height of Kirtz Shutters can far exceed industry standards. Given the nature of our custom shutter business, Maple increases our flexibility in achieving your desired look with few limitations.

Quality Finish

Maple is known for its closed, smooth grain. As a result, it is a hardwood that accepts a painted finish very well and has a luster only a fine wood can provide.

Furniture Quality

For decades, maple has been used to create heirloom quality hardwood furniture. When choosing your plantation shutters, whether painted or stained, you can be sure Kirtz Shutters are built to last a lifetime.

Fasteners Stay In Place

Maple’s denseness also means that metal fasteners will maintain a solid hold, so plantation shutter tilt rods and louvers can effortlessly open and close without becoming loose.

Learn more about quality plantation shutter construction.