Tips To Build Exterior Window Shutters

Constructing exterior window shutters

Building exterior window shutters

Window shutters play a very important role in protecting your windows from high winds and such other damage. However this is not the only function of exterior window shutters. These are also very helpful in enhancing the visual appeal of your home. It also adds up to the value of your home. Building exterior window shutters is quite easy job and you can do it yourself of you are a handy person. To help you out with this, here are some of the tips for building exterior window shutters without the need of professional.

  • Collect the needed tools

Before you start to build exterior window shutter, it’s very essential to collect all the tools and materials needed. You need to measure the windows and get approximate size for getting the coverings. You will need wood planks or pieces of wood which would be long enough to cover up the distance between pane and siding which are above the siding. This will not be enough for building exterior window shutters. Here are some of the extra things needed for building exterior window shutters. You can easily the below mentioned things at any of the home improvement stores or hardware stores. You can also go for some of the other decorative items for exterior window shutters if you have creative frame of mind.

  • Hammer and nails
  • Putty
  • Saw
  • Drills and screws
  • Surface mounts
  • Primer
  • Shutter hinges
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Paint brush
  • Cut the wood planks

Measure the width of the window for making the window shutters. This will show you how many vertical length of wood will be needed by you and also see how many horizontal pieces will be needed by you. After taking the measurement, cut the wood planks in the appropriate sizes.

  • Build the shutter on flat surface

Put the cutted planks on the flat surface and align them properly so that they are in exact level. Make sure that the planks are closely pressed with each other and there are no existing gaps in between them. Screw the horizontal and vertical pieces for securing the shutter.

  • Stain and paint the shutters

Staining and painting the exterior window shutter is quite easy before installation. It can also be done after installation but it would be bit difficult. Hence consider doing it at this stage only. You can use roller or brush for painting the surface. Choose the color of your choice and start to paint. Make sure you give proper time for letting the surface dry before you install it. After the paint is dry, you can put a layer of primer on the paint. This will make the shutter look more beautiful. You can also decorate it in any other way as you wish.

  • Attach the hinges

There is specific spot for installing hinges. You need to install it few inches above the bottom and few inches below the top of the window frame. You can also attach a third hinges in the middle if you wish.

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