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Choosing Hardware for Your Shutters

hardwareThe hardware styles you can choose for your exterior shutters are almost as varied as the shutters themselves. Just as the right accessories make your clothing look great, your shutter hardware will complete the look of these shutters in your home.

You want to choose colors and styles that complement your home rather than contrast it. For example, if you have a colonial-style home, you wouldn’t want to install hinge straps and shutter dogs, or tiebacks, with sleek, modern lines. Instead, you would select hinge straps in a traditional, tapered look with shutter dogs that have traditional finials on them such as floral motifs.

Here are some things to look for and keep in mind when selecting your hardware:

Keep the weather in your area in mind when choosing the finish. Use stainless steel or aluminum hinge straps and attachments if you live near the ocean where salt in the air can corrode the metals of the hardware. For other areas, powder coating provides adequate rust protection.

Make sure the hardware you choose is strong and sturdy enough to hold your shutters. If the shutters are extra-long, consider adding an extra hinge strap to help support the weight. Choose sturdy hinge straps and pintles if your home sits in a high-wind area.

Match the shutter dogs with the hinge straps and the shutters. They should complement the style and not stand out too much. For functional shutters, the shutter dogs should be easy to operate. Opt to install one on the side of each shutter or place shutter dogs at the top and bottom of each shutter.

If you have functional shutters, choose bolts that are sturdy enough to hold them together when they are closed. The bolts need to be easy to operate as well. If you live in a high-wind area, the shutter bolts need to be sturdy enough to secure the shutters and keep them from hitting the window glass.

You can buy sets that include dogs, hinge straps, pintles, and bolts but it is a lot more fun to mix and match to create your own custom look. Pick individual pieces to suit your home’s exterior decor. That is a less-expensive option than ordering custom-made hardware, and it allows you to express your style preferences.

Remember, choosing the right shutter hardware can have a dramatic impact on the overall feel of your home, so take the time to choose well.

What Are Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are interior blinds traditionally made from broad slats of wood mounted in a solid frame. The design of plantation shutters promotes the free flow of air through a structure in a warm climate, while also creating shade to keep the interior of the structure cool. You may also hear plantation shutters referred to as louvres or jalousies, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes to conform with variously-shaped windows and doors.

A variety of materials can be used to create plantation shutters. They include plastic vinyl, medium density fiberboard (MDF), wood or synthetic materials. Plastic vinyl or MDF plantation shutters are the cheapest options, but they cannot be painted or stained. Wood plantation shutters are the most expensive but can be created in a variety of painted or stained colors. Shutters made out of synthetic materials are a mid-cost option and can only be painted.

So what is it about Plantation shutters that make them so popular?

There are quite a few reasons and it’s difficult to put them into any kind of order but the number one reason is very clear, that is they look great. Here I’ll list what I consider to be the top reasons for buying interior wooden shutters.

– Stylish Good Looks

– Added Security

– Better Light Control

– Insulation (from draughty windows)

– Sound Proofing (from road noise)

– Added Value (property value)

– Maintenance Free

– Fresh Air Without Draughts

Simple plantation shutters fill an entire window, with a rod in the middle of the shutter which can be used to open and close the blinds. Commonly, plantation shutters are hinged, so that they can be pulled all the way open for additional ventilation, and some come in sets of hinged panels which are folded across the window, allowing people to fold part of all of the shutter back, depending on their needs.