Shutter Hardware and the Types of Shutters
Traditional hardware is commonly used to add charm and authenticity to various types of shutters, including Colonial and Bahama style shutters.
- Colonial Style Shutters: Colonial style shutters are a classic American design that dates back to the 18th century. These shutters are typically made of wood and are installed on the exterior of a home’s windows, hinged on the side much like a door. Traditional colonial shutter hardware, such as pintles, strap hinges and shutter dogs, are used to secure the shutters in place and add visual interest. The hinges are attached to the shutter while pintles are attached to the window frame, allowing the shutters to be easily opened and closed. The shutter dogs, which are often shaped like and “S” or other decorative motifs, are used to hold the shutters in place when they are opened. Slide bolts secure them when closed.
- Bahama Style Shutters: Bahama style shutters are a popular choice for homes in tropical climates. These shutters are mounted on the exterior of the window and hinge at the top, allowing them to swing outward and provide shade and ventilation. Traditional bahama shutter hardware, such as hinges and stays or arms, are used to secure the shutters in place. The hinges are used to attach the hinges to the window frame, while the stays or arms are used to hold the shutters open and lock them closed when desired.
In both colonial and Bahama style shutters, traditional hardware is not only functional but also adds to the aesthetic appeal of the shutters. It gives the shutters a classic, timeless look that can enhance the curb appeal of a home. If you need help selecting the right hardware for your project, please contact us today!