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Installing your shutters isn’t a difficult process at all.  The key here is to work with shutters that are specifically built for each individual window opening in conjunction with detailed instructions.

Many companies that install shutters will tell customers that the shutters need to be installed by a certified installer.  This isn’t the case, as you can install your shutters like a pro with no experience at all.

Measuring your shutters To properly install shutters to a window opening, you’ll need to measure.  First, you’ll need to determine if the shutters will be mounted to the inside or the outside of the window opening.

Inside mount installation The preferred means of installation is to mount shutters directly to the window jamb inside of the window opening.  This method is generally cleaner than mounting to the outside of the window and it doesn’t require additional hang strips or frame strips.  Keep in mind, the window must be somewhat square and have a solid jamb for you to attach the screws to.

To determine the window depth, measure from the front plane of the window back to the nearest obstruction that’ll prevent the louvers from rotating.  If you prefer, the company you are ordering from can also tell you the window depth for the style of shutters you order.

On occasion, a supplier of shutters will offer a second inside mounting method that uses rear hanging strips concealed behind the shutter panels that will allow adjustment up, down, left, and right for easier alignment.  This method is ideal if the window is out of square or if it has a drywall opening without a solid wood jamb.

Outside mount installation Outside mount installations use frames that attach to the wall or existing trim just to the outside of the opening of the window.  Normally, the frame will surround the shutter panels on three or four sides, depending on if a lower still exists. 

If you go with a cafe type shutter style, the hang strips are used on either side of the shutter panels.  The frame or hang strips will screw directly to the wall or trim, and the shutter hinge to the frame or the hanging strips.

Always play it safe and measure with a steel tape measure, which will give you the most accurate measurements.  Don’t attempt to measure with a fabric tape or yard stick – as this will lead you to a poor installation.

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