Aluminum Bahama shutters take the traditional wood Bahama shutters to a new level. Bahama shutters, as you may know, are the most aesthetically pleasing shutters out there for windows. They add to the charm of bungalows or basically any property. Although wood Bahama shutters are pleasing to look at and have their own advantages such as protection against wind, rain, sun, and dust they are not truly hurricane proof. Moreover, in a coastal environment or even otherwise wood suffers from rot, chipping, warping, and attacks from insects that can bore holes in the wood and compromise its ability to withstand hurricane force winds. The installation and maintenance costs for wood Bahama shutters is increasing with time and even historical districts in many of America’s coastal towns have okayed the use of aluminum Bahama shutters.
Aluminum bahama shutters come with a three year warranty with most manufacturers. They can be powder coated in 100 colors or more. These shutters have the advantage of a low initial cost and low maintenance expenses. Aluminum metal Bahama shutters do not rot in cold, the paint does not flake, they don’t warp in the heat, or crack with extreme cold. The metal is not attacked by insects and salty air is tolerated fairly easily with a coat of protective paint. Many manufacturers will also make the side support and framing of aluminum so that there is no corrosion because of difference in metal bodies. The arms manipulating the shutters can be of fixed or variable length. You may wish to choose shutters with movable slats that allow the sunlight to come in. Most shutters can be opened from the inside in the range of a 45 degree – 60 degree angle.
You can get a costing for aluminum shutters from an online seller. Compare prices before committing to an installer. Or you may wish to go for a do-it-yourself job and have these fitted yourself.