Vinyl shutters can be a wonderful finishing touch to a brick house exterior. Shutters provide an exterior decoration that makes a home look distinguished and beautiful.
Vinyl shutters are available in a wide range of colors and can be ordered in advance or purchased as stock products at most large home improvement retailers. Purchase vinyl shutters that complement the home exterior and any painted trim.
TIP: Shutters are bulky, so you'll probably need a second person to help you raise the shutters to the window and hold them in place while you install them. Rehearse what you and your partner will do (how you'll raise the shutters, best way to hold them) before so you don't drop or break anything while working.
- Pencil or chalk
- Measuring Tape
- Vinyl Shutters
- Power Drill
- Masonry Bits
- Masonry Anchors
Measure the windows where you will install the shutters. The length of the window will be your primary measurement, since you will need to purchase shutters that are at least as long as the windows.
Temporarily hold a shutter against the side of the window. Measure 3 inches above the top edge of the windows on the shutter and mark that place with a pencil or chalk. Find the center of the shutter and place a mark at this place on the wall and the shutter. This is where you will be drilling the holes to install the shutter. If needed, adjust the marks so that they are on the mortar instead of the bricks.
Repeat the process with the bottom of the shutter.
You will need to place additional anchors on the sides of the shutter. If the shutter is 55 inches or longer, you will need at least 6 side anchors; if the shutter is shorter than 55 inches, then you will need 4 side anchors. Mark spaces evenly along the side edge of the shutter and corresponding places on the wall, adjusting the location of the marks so that they are along mortar and not on the bricks.
Mark 2 corners of where you have the shutter held against the wall. This will help you place the shutter back in the same position when you begin to install the shutter on the wall.
Place the shutter on the sawhorses. Using a 3/16 bit, drill holes on the marked places on the shutter.
Hold the shutter back up against the brick wall. Using the holes just drilled into the shutter as a guide, drill pilot holes into the walls with a masonry bit.
Set the shutter aside. Using a ¼ inch masonry bit, drill a 2 ¾ inch deep hole into the mortar in all of the pilot holes.
Dust away any mortar dust resulting from drilling. Insert masonry anchors into the holes.
Place the shutter against the wall and use the screws from the masonry anchors to screw the shutter fully against the wall. The screws should be turned until they are fully flush with the surface of the shutter. Turning them deeper may crack the shutters, so be careful. If the shutter came with screw caps, place these over the masonry anchor screws.
Repeat the entire process for the shutter for the other side of the window, making sure that both shutters are placed the same distance from the outside edge of the window and are level with each other.