Let our experts guide you through the process of installing your custom made exterior shutters!

Guides & Tips

Exterior shutters attach to the trim around the window (the casing). Exterior shutters come in various mounting options, if you’re looking for an aesthetic appeal only, then non-functional shutters are your best option! You can get non-functional shutters with or without decorative hardware. If you’re looking to not only have the aesthetically appealing option of having exterior shutters, you can also select the Traditional operational exterior shutters.

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

Before you begin, remove any old shutters on the windows and if you have storm windows, please remove them as well.

Before You Start!

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-functional, direct mount with decorative hardware (directly mounts adjacent to window with decorative hardware)
  • Traditional operational exterior shutters

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

*Non-functioning exterior shutters are utilized to add definition, character and style to a home/building. They only need to vaguely appear operable.

*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.

 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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