How to Install Raised Panel Shutters
There are multiple types of shutters such as louver, and raised panel shutters. Installing shutters to your home can make your house not only look good, but give it a more finished look while increasing the value of the home. Shutters are highly customizable and can easily be painted or altered to the way the owner desires. These shutters can be installed on wood, vinyl, aluminum, stucco, hardboard, masonry, or brick. It’s a very simple installation, and you don’t need very many tools, but you do have to be clean and precise. Shutters will sometimes determine safety during hurricanes high winds and other hazards. They work great for doors and windows and provide really good protection.
Step 1 – Making the Marks
The first thing that needs to be done is placing the marks accurately and carefully. First, get out your measuring tape and measure the height of your window. With the measuring tape, measure the width of the window and write down your dimensions accordingly. Do this for every window or door that you are putting the shutters on. Make sure the shutter has enough room to be at least an inch from the window or respective door.
Step -2 Drill the Holes
To help ensure proper alignment, pre drill the holes with a 5/16” drill bit into the shutters before latching them to the wall. If all is well with the marks, they should all be in the same place on every window. With the shutter in the location, drill into the wall 3 ¼” deep. Make sure your drill hole is deep enough so the shutter spikes don’t bottom out. This is for safety as well as sturdiness.
Step 3 – Put in the shutter spikes
The shutter spikes that come with the package should be placed carefully and accurately into the shutters. The supporter shank should be pushed through the shutter to make sure that it is tight against the wall or window and will hold into the walls surface. Make sure to tap the shutter spike into the wall with a hammer or any other object to make sure the shutter spike is nice and snug against the siding so it won’t fall or be blown away by wind or destroyed by debris. Do not over tighten the spike, or the shutter itself will start to dimple (which doesn’t look good as well as hurts the overall sturdiness of the shutter). Never try to remove the shutters by taking out the shutter spikes, as this will lead to damaged shutters and wasting money. Simply get pliers and cut at the base of the shutter spikes so as to not damage anything and cleanly and efficiently get the spike out of the wall.