How to install exterior window shutters

Windows

Exterior window shutters are commonly seen on older style houses, from little cottages to larger fancy farmhouses. They are increasingly making a comeback. With the introduction of coloured composite frames, homeowners are adding matching shutters to give their homes an added flair of style.
Firstly, there are two types of external window shutters for your home; fixed and functional.

Fixed shutters

Fixed exterior shutters are simply there for design. They are fixed to your wall and form no purpose other than decorative.
This type of shutter is easier to install as you do not need to consider functioning parts.
Before purchasing your shutters, ensure that you measure the correct size. With fixed shutters, some people prefer them oversized for added design, so this is personal preference.
When preparing your wall behind the shutters, ensure that the area you will be attaching the shutter too is stable, and not crumbling/corroding.
Measure out where the shutters will sit, and mark where you will need to drill into your wall. Remember to use the appropriate wall plugs when you are fitting your shutters to ensure that they are secure.
Many shutters will come with instructions for best practice fitting. Follow these where possible, making reasonable adjustments to suit your home setting.

Functional shutters

Functional shutters will take additional time and skill to fit to your window. As they are intended to be used – even if you do not end up using them – they will need to be set up correctly. Commonly we recommend getting a professional in to fit them as this will reduce the risk of damage to your windows. However, if you are fitting them yourself, here are some things to note.
This type of shutter will require precision measuring and commonly requires your shutters to be custom made, which is great if you are looking for colour/design matching.
When you have your shutters, start by holding them in place to see how they will need to sit when closed and where your hinges will need to be.
If your hinges are not attached, we recommend attaching these to the shutter itself first. You can then get these to match up on each side, before holding the shutter back in place to mark out where you will need to make your drill holes in the wall. Ensure the wall you will be drilling is stable and there is no sign of corrosion or crumbling. Depending on the type of shutter, this may be in your frame, rather than the wall, so please take care here.
For ease of hinge fitting, you can always remove the hinge from the shutter and attach it to the wall and then hang the shutter to the wall. This depends on which you personally find easier.
Once your shutters are hung, make further adjustments where necessary and attach your bolts/clips/locks where they are required. We recommend that you have a form of hold in place for both your open and closed shutters as the wind can make them swing, potentially causing damage to either the shutter or your window.

If you have any further questions please head over to the Salop Glass Knowledge Hub, or contact a member of our expert team today.