How To Install Exterior Shutters

Exterior Shutters, Guides & Tips

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Exterior shutters are attached to the window trim (the casing). Exterior shutters are available in a variety of mounting options; if you’re looking for purely aesthetic appeal, non-functional shutters are your best bet! Non-functional shutters are available with or without decorative hardware. If you want to have exterior shutters that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, you can choose the Traditional operational exterior shutters.

Canada Custom Shutters will create shutters to fit your specific window openings. We offer not only exceptional craftsmanship but also a free in-home consultation and exceptional customer service.

 Before You Start!
Remove any old shutters from the windows before you begin, and if you have storm windows, please remove them as well.

What kind of exterior shutters do you want?

Shutters come in three different types:

  • Non-functional with direct mount (directly mount adjacent to the window without it closing/opening). Non-functioning exterior shutters are utilized to add definition, character and style to a home/building. They only need to vaguely appear operable.
  • Non-functional, direct mount with decorative hardware (directly mounts adjacent to window with decorative hardware). Functional exterior shutters were initially designed for ventilation, light control, and to protect from wind and rain. With functional hardware, shutters rotate closed to block direct sunlight while simultaneously allowing for air to pass through the house. Shutters could also be used as the first line of defense from precipitation and storms. Call any of our experts to guide you step by step in your installation process.
  • Traditional operational exterior shutters

Now that you know the type of shutter you need, Lets pick out your style!

    At Canada Custom Shutters we offer a variety of shutters to suit your needs. Please look through our gallery to select your exterior shutter style!

    Hardware is a perfect way to add that extra touch to your shutters. Decorative hardware is applicable to non-functional shutters and functional hardware for the traditional shutter. Check out our Hardware Gallery.

      Measure your Exterior Shutters

      •  Step 1 – Measuring the Length of the Window
        • The height and width of the decorative exterior shutters will depend on the dimensions of the windows. Get a tape measure and determine the height and width of the windows. The height of the shutters will follow the same height as the window or with at 2-inches allowance. The width of the shutter will usually be half of the width of the window or slightly lower. Canada Custom Shutters custom makes shutters to size.
        • TIP Once you’ve determined the size of your exterior shutter put tape on the wall to get a preliminary view of what your exterior shutters will look like once installed.
      • Step 2 – Preparing the Shutters for Installation
        • For every window, two shutters are to be installed, one for each side. Test the shutter on each side to ensure that they fit perfectly. If the shutter has a two inch allowance, the shutter should be an inch lower than the bottom of the window and an inch higher than the top so it is centered.
      • Step 3 – Pre-drilling the Shutters
        • Before securing the shutters at the sides of the windows, pre-drill the holes on the corners first. Determine how many screws are required and determine where to best place them on the shutter. Typically, all four corners should be provided with a screw. Other screws will be used for the middle sections of the sides. Mark off the holes to be drilled and ensure visibility when doing so. Drive every screw only halfway on each corner of the shutter. Please note that larger shutters may require additional support. Please consult with your contractor to ensure proper structural support and safety.
      • Step 4 – Mounting the Shutter
        • When every screw is secured, position the shutter on the edge of one side of the window. Make sure that the shutter is properly positioned before driving every screw completely on the wooden-clad wall or siding. If the wall is made of concrete or brick, provide the appropriate mounting structure first  and that either masonry/lag screws are utilized. After the first shutter is secured in place, mount the other shutter on the other side. The shutters may also be nailed to provide additional support.

      Traditional Operational Shutter Measurement

      • We strongly advise that all traditional operational shutters are measured by our experts as per the amount of variances. Please contact us to book your free in-home consultation!


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