Shutter Hardware

Ready to mount working shutters on your home? Or maybe you have shutters already and are looking to give them a facelift by replacing the old, rusty hardware with something new? By now you’ve already learned that there are a multitude of bits to pick from when it comes to practical shutter hardware. This critical glossary would explain the several different components of the shutter hardware and identify them.Interested readers can find more information about them at Shutters.

Different Components of Shutter Hardware: Plate Pintel — Pintels is the rod or pin on which the hinges turn. A plate pintel is a pin placed on a board, and the board has screws fixed to the wall.

Lag Pintel — This type of pintel is installed on a lag screw (a thick, pointed screw that goes through the wood or brick mold covering the windows).

Shutterdog — A shutterdog is an S-shaped component (sometimes also called an S-Holdback) that connects a lag screw to the house and keeps the shutter in an open place against the wall.

Rat Tail Holdback — The rat tail holdback, like a shutterdog, is another way to hold a shutter back towards the wall, in an open stance. It is placed on a lag screw at the door, and is weighted at one end to hold it upright. The lower section of the holdback of the rat tail is bent around to pass over and hold the shutter in place. When you want the shutter to lock, just click the holdback on the rat tail to open the shutter, causing it to lock.

Acorn Holdback — Acorn holdbacks (also classified as bullet catches) can be used as a substitution for shutterdogs and rat tail holdbacks. The acorn-shaped portion connects to a lag screw at the window, and the trap is placed on the shutter’s neck. When the shutter is raised the acorn and trap joins against the house and retains the shutter.

Center Slide Latch — Middle slide latches are a popular way to protect a closed location for your shutters. Typically a portion is connected to one shutter with slipping bolt, and the capture is connected to the other shutter. The bolt slips through the lock when the shutters are completely closed, locking the shutters together in a sealed state.

Hook Lock and Eye — This is a cost-effective solution to a middle slide toggle, but less robust. The hook key fastens to one shutter, and the eye fastens to the other. The hook lock slides into the eye while the shutters are locked, and leaves the shutters locked.

Pull Ring — This part is attached to the shutter’s face, and provides a place for the shutter to be grabbed and closed. Pull rings aren’t important items. If required, they will be included but do not impact the shutter features if not included.