How to Install Colonial Shutters

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Colonial shutters
Drill bits
Masonry drill bits
Masonry anchors

Colonial shutters can be decorative additions to the home, but they can also be effective protection against storms. Colonial shutters can be installed on any surface of the home, including vinyl, brick and aluminum siding. They will add curb appeal to your home, compliment the color of the house and also help to frame your windows. The article below will go over how you can install colonial shutters to the exterior of your home without much hassle.

Step 1 – Selecting Colonial Shutters

The beauty of colonial shutters is that they cover the entire height of your windows. To get the right colonial shutters, you’ll need to measure the window height. If the shutters are meant to close, measure the width of the windows as well, and divide that number in half. Each shutter will need to be half the width of the window if they are meant to be practical. Then, buy the shutters you like choosing materials like metal, vinyl or wood. You can also choose your color or you can paint them yourself.

Step 2 – Pilot Holes

Place one shutter next to the window and hold it in place, making sure it’s level. Make marks on the wall and on the shutters where they will be installed. For decorative shutters, you want at least 2 screws, 1 at the top and bottom, at least ½-inch from the edges. Drill the holes through the shutters if not present. The usual size of these holes will be 3/16 of an inch. If the shutters are functional, they’ll have hinges. Use the holes in the hinges as guides for pilot holes. Remove the shutter and use the drill to create the pilot holes. For vinyl, use a bit smaller in diameter than the screw. For brick, use a masonry bit and drill a fraction deeper than the anchor is long and use a drill bit the same diameter as the anchor.

Step 3 – Attach the Shutters

Place an anchor in each of the pilot holes and tap in place with a hammer. Hold the shutter up to the wall and line up the holes. Insert the screws and tighten them enough to hold in place, but not all the way. Place the remaining screws in the shutter, tightening them only enough to grip the pilot hole. Once all of the screws are in place, you can begin tightening them and then moving on to the next shutter. Tightening each screw as you go can cause the shutters to not be even. Functional colonial shutters are installed the same way but with more care. Line the pilot holes up with the hinges and insert one screw and tighten it slightly. Insert the other screws in the same manner and then test the swing of the shutters. If they close correctly, tighten the screws. If not, mark the difference on the shutter and move the hinges and try again until both shutters cover half of the window.