Installing new shutters or blinds can be a great way to instantly enhance the look of your home. Whether you are repairing or building a new one, it is important that you equip yourself with proper knowledge. Shutter installation can be a do-it-yourself project or you can contact professional help. If you want to DIY, here are a few tips that you need to remember.
1. Never do it alone.
Installing new shutters may look easy, but it is not an easy task. It is better to have someone around to help you and to give a steady eye and hand. An extra pair of eyes and hands can go a long way in ensuring that the shutters are level and straight. If you plan on installing shutters on the second floor, help on the ground will save you a lot of time and effort.
2. Remove the old ones with care.
This is sort of common sense but we still feel the need to put it here. If the old shutters of your house used fasteners, do not pry or pull them off the wall. Attempting this may result to damage to the house’s exterior.
3. Always include the window frame when measuring dimensions for new shutters.
When measuring the width and length of the windows, it is quite important to include the window frame. As a rule of thumb, choose a width that will enclose the glass of the window where you will install your shutters.
4. Mark screw and shutter positions.
Do not drill or fasten right away. Make sure that you mark the siding or wall of your desired shutter position. For shutters that are shorter than 55”, place screw positions about 6 inches from the top and bottom side of the shutter. For those longer than 55”, Place 2 additional screws in the centre to ensure that the screws are in line with the top and bottom.
5. Make sure to drill pilot holes before fastening your shutters.
Remember your markings? Drill pilot holes into your markings. Do not use a drill bit that has a larger width than the size of your screws. Place the shutter into position and check for level. Fasten away.
A DIY might work for people who are familiar with the concepts of construction. However, if you haven’t laid a hand on a hammer or a drill, it is better to seek professional services than doing it on your own.