How to Install Shutters on Your Windows

Posted on 29. Jul, 2017 by in Home Care

window shutters

Homeowners are always looking for ways to increase the curb appeal of their home for neighbors or prospective buyers. This can be done in an endless number of ways but one of the most eye-catching additions to the exterior of a home is to add vinyl decorative window shutters.

Vinyl window shutters come in a variety of colors and styles to liven up the design of your home’s brick or siding walls. Shutters are very easy to install and to maintain too! The total cost should be around $20-100 and the project itself require no more than 1-2 hours per shutter to complete. We do recommend asking a friend, family member or neighbor to assist you in this project.

If you want to improve the curb appeal of your home today, follow our tips on how to install shutters on your windows:

What You Need:

  • Drill
  • Hammer Drill (Brick)
  • Tape Measure
  • Masonry Drill Bit (Brick)
  • Wood Drill Bit
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Sawhorses
  • Exterior Shutters
  • Shutter Hardware
  • Ladder

Practice proper ladder safety during this DIY home repair and be sure to wear the necessary protective gear during the installation. This includes gloves and eye protection.

The first step is to measure your windows and window frames. You want to purchase shutters that extend from the bottom of the window frame to the very top of the frame. To measure the window frame, use your measuring tape and a ladder if need be to reach the top of the frame.

Once you are done measuring your windows, t is time to purchase the shutters. There are several colors and styles to choose from so be sure to choose a shutter design that suits your tastes and the exterior of your home. Don’t forget to purchase two shutters for each window.

Now line the shutters up along the sides of the window frames. You will need your partner to hold the shutter while you determine where to drill the holes into the shutters to attach them to your home.

You should mark the holes 2 in. from the top of the shutter and 2 in. from the bottom of the shutter and include one drill hole in the middle of the shutter for stability.

Now clamp each shutter to a saw horse or raised flat surface. You need the shutter to be 100% stable in order to drill the holes in the correct location. Then drill the holes where you marked them. Be sure to use the appropriate drill bit for this step of the project.

Now drill holes into the brick or siding using a drill bit that is at least 2.5 in. in length. The type of drill bit will depend on the material you are drilling into. You can consult the drill manufacturer’s website or instruction on which drill to use for your home.

Then place the shutter next to the window and hammer the vinyl fasteners into the drill holes and into the wall using your hammer. You shouldn’t need to hammer too hard for a secure fit. Repeat this process until every shutter is in place.