Shutters used to be a way of shutting or closing window gaps. However, shutters are now used as decoration or decorative accessories to revamp house exteriors. Installation of shutters is not a hard project to do and can be done by beautify-your-home beginners and enthusiasts. Two approaches are commonly used in installing shutters. One is to directly attach shutters to brick, and the other one is the use of hidden clips. Direct attachment is where the shutter is screwed or nailed through its faces into the brick wall or area. Clips on the other hand allow the shutter to be installed without seeing screws or attachment tools. The second method is usually more pleasing to the eye since attachment screws are not visible. Whichever method you choose, this article will aid you in your project.
- Refer to brochures. It is common to find a manual or instruction brochure together with the shutter when bought at the hardware or construction supply shop. Always use the instructions given by the manufacturer first before trying any other method. The shutter package you bought may already come with the screws, nails, or clips that you would need in installing your shutter. If it does not come with the attachment hardware, make sure to buy the hardware you may need to complete this project. This may include tools such as a screwdriver, drill, ruler or measuring tape, safety goggles, and materials like screws, anchors, or installation template.
- Inspect materials. Check the materials you have if they are fit for the material you bought for the shutter. The materials used to attach shutters are usually dependent on the material from which the shutters are made. For example, screws or nails are needed for wood shutters while clips are more appropriate for vinyl shutters.
- Attaching shutter. To attach the shutter to a brick, hold the shutter in place beside the desired window opening.
- Mark holes for drilling. Mark the places where you would put in the screws. This is usually three to five inches from the end of the top shutter towards the center of the rails. Keep in mind that drilling holes to bricks or rocks are much harder than drilling holes to wood. Be careful in drilling the holes and make sure you do not move the shutter while drilling.
- Repeat marking. The same process is repeated for the bottom area. There should also be a three to five inch space from the shutter’s bottom.
- Add screws. Additional screws might be needed depending on how big the shutter is. Bigger shutters would require additional screws and smaller shutters might not need extra screws. Always be ready with extra attachment hardware. When using additional screws, check if they are evenly spaced between the top and bottom area of the shutter.
- Drill holes. Drill a 3/16” diameter hole in each marked area. Position the shutter and make use of the drilled holes as an indicator of where to attach the screws to the wall after. Drill enough holes that are easily retrieved after removing the shutter. Reposition the shutter and insert the masonry anchor as supplied by the manufacturer in each hole.
- Securing shutter. Secure the shutter against the brick wall using the masonry anchors. Install the shutter and tighten the screws as necessary or until the head is in line with the surface of the shutter. Repeat the instruction for each remaining shutter.
Beginners to shutter installment will take time to get used to the process. Once you’re finished with your first installation, the next ones should be easier for you.