How to Install Shutters

Why don’t the backs of houses have shutters?

Without shutters, our side yards and backyard seemed unfinished.  So, earlier this spring, we decided to provide an extra special touch to our house’s bare windows by installing shutters along the house wherever we could. It ended up being an easy afternoon project.  Here’s how you do it!
First, measure the length of each window around your house.  Depending on the location of these windows, you may or may not be able to add shutters.  For instance, we had several windows adjacent to gutters and corners of siding, so unless we decided to cut the pre-fabricated shutters, we couldn’t install shutters without running into a space issue.
We purchased black, raised panel Severe Weather shutters from Lowe’s.  Each pack comes with two shutters and the hardware you’ll need to install them.  They can be a bit pricey, but they are built to last and won’t fade or discolor with the sun and harsh elements.
To install the shutters, we first drilled pilot holes into the four corners of the shutters with a large bit drill.

Then, we held the shutter against the siding where we wished to install it.  We marked where each of these holes were by sticking a pencil into each hole and making marks onto the siding.
Once the marks were made, we drilled pilot holes directly into the siding and through the underlying wall using a slightly smaller drill bit. 

These shutters came with black plastic screws to affix the shutters to the siding.  These don’t look very strong, but they’ll hold up even in the strongest winds.

Then, we lined the shutter back with the pre-drilled holes and hammered the shutter into place.

And that’s it!  An installed shutter.

Remember the before?
Here’s the after!

What a huge difference shutters make, right?  They add so much character, interest, and depth to the house and there’s no reason not to have them everywhere.  So, let’s break the shutter-less side yards and backyards and do something special to each of our homes!
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