There’s no denying that the popularity of shutters has increased astronomically in recent years. Not only is there a huge rise in the amount of professional companies offering premium plantation styles, there is also an increasing number of people installing shutters themselves. If you’re thinking about taking the DIY route, there are a number of things you need to consider to ensure you get the best possible finish. While the installation itself is fairly straightforward, these mistakes should be avoided at all costs.
Before you make the purchase:
Though not necessarily part of the installation process, avoiding these mistakes will lead to a much smoother project – and the finished product will look even better.
1. Choosing the wrong size: Working with a professional team will ensure the wrong size never gets installed at your home, but if you’re planning on tackling the entire project from start to finish, you need to ensure you choose the right size for your home. Otherwise, it will look out of place, and may make installing shutters on your windows far more difficult – of not impossible.
2. Choosing the wrong material: Where you plan on installing shutters will play a huge role in the material that you choose. For example, we recommend choosing a whether resistant aluminium for outdoor options, whilst natural timber looks great indoors. However, for rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom, where moisture in the air is at its highest, consider using a fauxwood PVC instead.
While you’re installing shutters on your windows:
This is where you need to exercise the most amount of caution. Read through this list carefully to make sure your shutter installation goes according to plan.
3. Fastening them too tightly: Shutters often install with one-way fasteners or screws with teeth that prevent pull-outs. By tightening them too much, you may accidently cause screw heads to pop or cause damage to the shutters themselves.
4. No paint preparation: If you’re planning on painting once you’ve finished installing shutters, then it’s important that you’re properly prepared. Failing to clean them can result in the paint not sticking, whilst forgetting to use a primer can lead to dull colours and poor adherence. Similarly, you’ll need to choose the best paint for the job – indoor for interior shutters and outdoor to protect exterior styles from harsh weather conditions.
5. Not using enough support: No matter what material you choose, shutters are heavy – and the bigger the window the weightier the furnishings become. To ensure you’re using enough support for your project, we recommend using blocks every 25cms.
6. Misalignment with your windows: Nothing says ‘amateur’ more than window furnishings that don’t properly line up with the frames. If they aren’t 100% level, or the centre rail of the shutter doesn’t align with the window sash, they will always look slightly wrong – even at the quickest glance.
During maintenance in the future:
Don’t undo all of your hard work by not looking after your new shutters. Though it may seem unimportant, proper maintenance can make all the difference.
7. Failing to clean them properly: Cleaning your shutters once a week with a simple wipe down can keep dust from building up and stains from forming. This way, your shutters will look their best for years to come.
Installing shutters can be incredibly rewarding, adding value and style to your home in the space of an afternoon. However, if you’ve never attempted this type of DIY home improvement before, it can be difficult knowing where to begin. Follow this guide to ensure you don’t make any mistakes that could ruin the end result – or you can contact a professional team for their help.
Mark Tom is a professional writer. He loves to write on various topics including window covering solutions ( Blinds, Curtains, Plantation Shutters etc ), Architecture, Interior & exterior design, Pools, pavings and many more!