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The Right Hardware Makes the Shutters Work in Your Home

hardwareYou’ve taken the time to review the various types of interior shutters for your home. You sat down and spoke with professionals who were able to help you narrow down your choices. Now that you’ve finally decided on what shutters you want, it’s time to talk about the hardware.

The hardware for shutters will complete not only the appearance of those shutters in your home, it will also make them easier to use. When you have interior shutters that are too complicated to open and close, or lock, because of the hardware that you chose, then you have shutters that are not ideal for you.

What to Look for with Shutter Hardware

The first thing that you should look at when it comes to shutter hardware is the size. Most shutters will have size appropriate hardware, but you would likely be able to find knobs or locking mechanisms that are bulky.

If they are too large and too bulky, then it’s going to detract from the appearance of the shutter. That hardware will actually stand out instead of the shutter. The focus will be on it, rather than the nice wood.

Next, consider functionality. Not all shutters even require hardware, and some of that hardware will be strictly for show. If you aren’t going to require hardware with your interior shutters, don’t bother with them.

Finally, look at durability. Plastic hardware will fade over time and will appear plastic, especially when placed with wood shutters. Certain metals will corrode, even in your home. While we don’t have to worry a great deal about corrosion inside homes in Toronto, it does happen.

Brass is harder to keep clean than other materials. Stainless steel is relatively simple to keep clean.

If you’re not sure whether hardware should even be used for your shutters, call on the experts to help you understand their benefits and potential limitations.

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.