Our Bahama Shutters are virtually weatherproof and made from maintenance free aluminum that looks just like traditional wooden Bahama Shutters. The difference is that our Bahama Shutters have been specially engineered for quality, durability and long-lasting protection. Our Bahama Shutters have been Technologically Engineered for Maximum Protection from Damage Caused by Hurricanes and Violent Storms. They can pay for themselves through more efficient heating and cooling, enhanced security and hurricane protection.
History of the Folding Shutter Brand Bahama Shutter
The Folding Shutter brand Bahama shutter is a modification of the classically designed shutter that has its origins in Europe in the 1500s. The term Bahama (or alternatively Bermuda shutter) comes from the modifications that were made for the colonial homes built by Europeans when they moved to these island countries. The old European shutters were solid board style shutters and were designed to seal out light, sound, air and burglars. With the side hinged shutter, like a colonial, when you do not need them, they fold completely back against the wall, leaving the full view of the window open.
Because of the brightness of the daytime, the frequency of the storms the colonial homes needed shutters that could be left partially closed at all times. This meant they needed to allow light and air in through a closed shutter. The louvered shutter accomplished both. The key difference of the Bahama versus the colonial is that a Bahama is hinged at the top, creating an “awning” effect. This is ideal for a window that gets a great deal of direct sunlight.
The Bahama shutter traveled to the Florida Keys as Bahamian fishermen settled there and built new homes there. The Bahama look has become an appealing architectural feature even in areas where storm protection is not a factor, especially to those who love the feel and sensibilities of life in the Keys!
Originally, Bahama shutters were made of wood. Up until the 1980s, wood was really the only option. In the late 1970s, Herb Hemstreet and his team of engineers designed an all-aluminum a light weight but heavy duty “Z” blade louvered colonial shutter.
Not only was this new shutter stronger than the traditional wooden shutter, it meant you could buy a shutter once and never replace it. In coastal areas, rot and mold ever present threats to any wood exposed to the weather. Over the years we added a powder coated Architectural grade finish and our patented interlocking solid backed shutter that could withstand higher wind loads and pass the strict South Florida Impact building codes.