Wood retains its hygroscopic characteristics after it is put into use. It is then subjected to fluctuating humidity, the dominant factor in determining its EMC. These fluctuations may be more or less cyclical, such as diurnal changes or annual seasonal changes. To minimize the changes in wood moisture content or the movement of wooden objects in service, wood is usually dried to a moisture content that is close to the average EMC conditions to which it will be exposed. These conditions vary for interior uses compared with exterior uses in a given geographic location.
Elegant shutters are air dried, kiln dried, and then conditioned to the proper moisture content for the climate the shutter will exist within the home. Taking the slow process of conditioning allows Elegant shutters to remain stable in the home over the life of the shutter. Science, engineering, and 1000's of hours of R&D go into every Elegant Shutter.