Tips For Installing DIY Shutters
Sunlight that streams through a window can be quite an unpleasant distraction. Installation of interior shutters can do away with this light. If a homeowner decides to hire a company to install the shutters, he or she will find out that its professionals essentially follow the same procedure. The only difference is that the homeowner will have to part with some money to have the installation done. Shutter installation is not a demanding Do-It-Yourself task. Below are some tips for installing DIY shutters.
As is the case with any do-it-yourself job, overall protocol should be followed. This includes clearing the area, ensuring everything is clean and dust-free, and making enough space for putting the shutter frame together prior to starting. The homeowner will need some room to assemble the various shutter parts before screwing them to the wall or window frame.
The first step involves screwing the frame together. Usually, this is done before anything is set to the wall interior or window where the shutter will be fixed. Many companies usually supply frames with pre-drilled holes that makes it easier for the installer to find the fixings. Provided the installer gets the frame’s top at the right end, together with the right and left frames, he or she will be holding onto a rectangle-shaped wooden frame.
The next step involves lifting up the frame to the wall interior or window. The installer may only have three sides, meaning that an extra pair of hands may come in handy particularly if the windows are super large. One screw is then screwed right and left of the frame. This action will only secure the panel to its resting place, allowing the installer to get it all square.
By now, the frame has been loosely gotten up the window. The installer can drop any of the shutter panels into the hinges that come with the frame. It is important to ensure that the right frame is fixed to the right and left of the frame. Failure to do this can result in the shutter being upside down. It’s quite easy to drop pins into the hinges, and again an extra pair of hands can come in handy.
Once the two shutter panels have been fitted into the hinges, the next step involves securely screwing the remaining holes into the frame. This step should be carried out before the homeowner starts yanking the panels around. This is because wooden panels carry some weight, meaning that if they are swung before all the frames have been fixed into the screw can damage the components.
The installer should then plug in the frame holes that he or she has just screwed. Notable shutter companies usually provide wooden caps or plugs that sit nicely on the frame, providing a nice and smooth exterior finish. Once this is done, all that remains to be done is adjusting the panels height using the adjustment panel screws. Caulk can be run around any gaps in order to attain a smart and professional looking finish. Since caulk is sticky and likely to be messy, one should be patient and run the tube smoothly. Any excess caulk should be wiped using damp cloth.