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How to install window shutters on your house

Shutters protect your home’s windows against heavy wind and rain. They also add visual appeal to the front of your home, boosting its value and give the occupants added privacy. The project to install shutters can be done as a DIY project in a couple of days following the steps below:

Take Measurements

Functional exterior shutters are attached to the trim around the window (the casing) and swing into the window opening when closed and latched. The shutters are held in place by a pivoting metal tieback, a hook, or a catch. Taking measurements is the first critical step to hanging shutters. Shutters are meant to fit inside the window casing. As such, the shutter size is determined by the size of the window.

Choose and Prep Shutters

There are lots of options to choose from once you’ve taken the measurements.  Ready to install shutters as well as shutters that need a coat of paint are available. If you decide to paint or make your shutters, give yourself a day to get the job done. For a guide step by step guide on installing exterior shutters, read this article from eHow.

Shim Shutters and Install Hardware

Once the shutters are ready, place one shutter in the window opening and shim it tight at the top and the bottom. Position the other shutter the same way and shim the sides. After both shutters are firmly in the window casing, install the pivoting metal tiebacks and hinges. Start with the upper part of the shutters first and then install the lower part. After the installation of the hinges, fasten them to the shutter by removing the shutters from the window opening; drilling pilot holes through the strap on the top and bottom rails, and screwing the strap hinges into position with the screws provided in the hardware packaging.

Hang Shutters

Your shutters are ready to be hung once all the hinges are assembled. Fasten all of the latches and attach the shutters to the tiebacks and hinges. Move the shutters to make sure they swing comfortably and can fully shut.

Pro Tip: Use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to keep your shutter’s hinges lubricated.

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