When it comes to window shutters, the type of hardware you need depends on the material of the window casing or the material in your home. There are three main types of pivots to choose from, and mounting accessories for installing blinds are usually included with the new blinds. These fasteners can be metal screws or plastic fasteners, and they are suitable for attaching outdoor blinds to wood, aluminum, vinyl, stucco, hardboard, brick or masonry. They are also known by a variety of terms such as sealing closures, sealing plugs and sealing peaks. It is important to consult the shutter manufacturer's specifications for specific instructions.
Once you have taken the measurements, a shutter expert can guide you through the process of selecting the right hardware. If you choose to use exterior blinds that don't show the window frame when closed, it is more effective to use a surface-mounted hinge. False hinges are also available for those who want to achieve the look of decorative hinges without the hassle and cost of installing real outdoor shutter hardware. When deciding on outdoor blinds for your home, it is important to know which shutter hardware is best suited for your home material. Hinges mounted on the edges, or mortise hinges, resemble door hinges because they are placed on the outside shutter closest to the window.