Window shutters are simple yet very effective in beautifying home exteriors. There are several styles, materials, and prices to choose from when looking for shutters. Keep in mind that low quality shutters usually have a shorter life compared to higher quality window shutters. People have different reasons for installing shutters. It can be for functional purposes, making the house more attractive or stylish, or to cover peeled walls or drilled walls.
Many people like to install shutters themselves, as it is like decorating a home’s interior. Attaching shutters to the house is relatively an easy process. There are custom built shutters specific for window openings that come with installation instructions. It is common that manufacturers advise customers to get the service of certified shutter installers. However, the price for their service is quite discouraging. Therefore, homeowners usually attempt to install shutters themselves.
Read the following tips for do-it-yourself shutter installation:
- Preparations. Before buying shutters for your window opening, be sure to measure the size of your window in order to get the right size for ready to use shutters. You should also decide whether you want the window shutter in your home’s interior or exterior. If you decide to go for an interior shutter, you may opt for any material for the shutter. But if you want it installed outside the house, get a sturdier material for your shutter for longer life.
- Placement of shutters. Placing the shutters on the window jamb is a good choice for mounting the shutters. This is considered a better area rather than mounting it to the outside of the window as it does not need extra hang strips or frame strips. Solid jambs on the window are good bases for attaching the screws.
- Find depth. Find the window depth by measuring from the front plane down to the nearest obstruction in order to avoid the louvers from rotating. Manufacturers of window shutters usually advise customers the depth needed for the style of your choice.
- Second mount. There are times when a manufacturer offers a second inside mount that makes use of hidden hang strips that will allow adjustment in all directions for easier alignment. This step is only useful when the window is not square in shape or if there is a drywall opening that does not have a solid jamb.
- Installation. Be conscious that the use of hidden side hang strips attached to the window jamb is not the best technique and is a common amateur mistake resulting to an unattractive shutter installation appearance.
- Review guide. Make sure to review the measurement and guidelines given by the shutter manufacturer to ensure you have sufficient window depth for installation inside your window opening.
- Other options. If the depth is not sufficient, another option is to install it outside the window opening. Always consider options and do not drill the holes immediately.
- Steel tape. Steel tape is the most accurate means of measurement so be sure to have one in your home. Do not use a fabric tape measure, a yard stick or wooden ruler in measuring as these will result to inaccurate measurements.
Generally, if you follow the mounting installation instructions given by the manufacturer and if you got the right measurements for your shutter, the installation will be easy.