Our Colonial Shutters are patterned after the original wooden shutters of New England. Our Colonial Shutters enhance the beauty of your home, apartment, or office building while assuring protection against hurricanes. This shutter opens and closes with ease and they provide a sound barrier against howling winds and driving rains. Our Colonial Shutters have been Technologically Engineered for Maximum Protection from Damage Caused by Hurricanes and Violent Storms. They can pay for themselves through enhanced hurricane protection.
History of the Folding Shutter Brand Colonial Shutter
The Folding Shutter brand colonial shutter is the classically designed shutter that has its origins in Europe in the 1500s. The term colonial comes from the modifications that were made for the colonial homes built in tropical climates. 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 closed most of the time. This meant they needed to allow light and air in through a closed shutter. The louvered shutter accomplished both. This style soon became popular in the non-tropical regions of both Europe and the United States, too.
The colonial shutter is a ubiquitous part of the older wooden and brick homes of the northeastern United States. In fact, as a tribute to these classic homes, many homes in the last half of the 20th century were built with non-functional colonial shutters nailed to the walls. The colonial look has become an appealing architectural feature even in areas where storm protection is not a factor.
In Florida and along the Seaboard Coastline and the Gulf of Mexico, colonials were made of wood as protection against hurricanes. 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.