Exterior Bahama shutters stand out from other shutters because they are perhaps the only type that doesn’t take away from the aesthetic appeal of a construction. Instead, they often add to it.
These shutters are often called Bermuda shutters. Traditional Bahama shutters are made of wood and therein lies their appeal. Wood has its own texture and elegance that cannot be quite matched by synthetic materials such as aluminum and extruded polymers. However, wood is not without its drawbacks. It can chip and rot; it is attacked by insects and may not be able to withstand hurricane force winds unless it is reinforced.
The basic construction of bahama shutters can explained as slats on side supports and the piece is hinged at the top. For a wide window, the bahama shutter may have a stile running through the center for extra support. The slats can be movable or rigid. The shutters can open by means of an arm, often a telescopic arm that can extend ninety degrees. Check if the installer is able to install them such that they can be worked from the inside. Exterior bahama shutters will protect your property from heat, wind, sun damage and also from particulate matter entering crevices and corners.
Aluminum exterior shutters are resilient and not given to any of the drawbacks associated with wood bahama shutters. Bahama shutters cannot be placed on doors but wherever they can be placed they function as multifaceted protectors against the elements. You can have them installed fully assembled or install them as a DIY job. These shutters can be retrofitted quite easily.
You will have to ensure that the shutters confirm with the state and regional building codes. Alternatives to bahama shutters that are similar in construction and only a little different in installation include louver shutters, raised panel, B n B, etc. Woods used can be pine, cedar, or hardwoods depending upon the area and region. Now-a-days, along with aluminum and PVC you can also get fiberglass bahama shutters.
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