Hardwood Shutters

Oak Shutters
Oak is a heavy wood which makes very heavy window hardwood shutters. Oak interior shutters add much weight to window jambs and screws require pre-drilling. Oak wood shutters are not suitable for painting and Oak shutter louvers tend to warp.
Maple Shutters
Maple is also a heavy wood and produces interior shutters that are very heavy. Maple shutters add much weight to window jambs and screws require pre-drilling. Maple hardwood louvers are hard to tension uniformly.
Poplar Shutters
Poplar window shutters mill and paints well. Mineral streaks and a green color make Poplar wood unsuitable for staining. Poplar is moderately heavy for shutters. Poplar is widely available, and less costly. Poplar is best used for millwork and trim that is nailed in place rather than shutters. Popular produces a lesser quality wood shutter.
Cedar Shutters
Cedar shutters mill and finish nicely. However, color varies greatly for staining. Cedar is soft and can dent and scratch easily. Tilt bar staples do not hold well.

Cedar wood shutters work wonderfully for exterior shutters. The outstanding durability and resistance to decay of incense cedar makes it ideal for exterior use where moisture is present. This wood gives long service with little maintenance in such as mud sills, window sashes, sheathing under stucco or brick veneer construction, greenhouse benches, fencing, poles, trellises, and shutters. Incense cedar is also used extensively for exterior siding because it is dimensionally stable and holds paint well, in addition to being durable. Oh, yes, and bugs hate it!

Faux Wood

Positives about vinyl interior shutters:

Vinyl shutters are easy to find
Vinyl shutters are durable
Vinyl shutters are virtually water proof
Vinyl shutters are cheap
Vinyl shutters can be made into semi custom units
Negatives about vinyl interior shutters:

Vinyl shutters look and feel like plastic
Vinyl shutters are hollow
Vinyl colors are limited
Vinyl shutters can not be stained
Vinyl shutters are not available in a traditional style. Oh, yes, and bugs hate it!
Poly Satin

Palm Beach™ polysatin shutters, made of specially formulated ultraviolet resistant poly-satin compounds, are guaranteed never to warp, fade, chip or peel, regardless of high heat or other extreme climate conditions. Offered in today's most popular whites, off-whites and white-silks, these shutters are designed for quick installation and easy care.