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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Window Shutters

Sandy Williams
Common Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Window Shutters

Installing plantation shutters seems like a straightforward process on the surface. But slight mistakes can impact the way they function. This could include errors in measurements, using wrong paint, etc. It’s important to avoid these common errors to get the ideal window treatment in Vero Beach.


Incorrect Measurements

Accurate measurements are the key to a successful window shutter installation. When the measurements are correct, your shutters can function to their fullest. Even if you’re buying fixed shutters for decoration, you need to ensure that they seem like they could shut the window completely. But measurements are prone to errors.


To avoid these errors, you can refer to your manufacturer’s guidelines. It’s recommended to use a metal measuring tape instead of a digital or laser device. You should measure the width and the length at three different spots and note the measurements. Double-check each measurement to be sure.


For interior shutters, send the smallest measurements down to 1/16th of an inch. Leave deductions or hinge allowances to the shutter company.


Moreover, do not assume that all windows are of the same size just because they look like it. There might be slight size differences that could impact the new shutters. You should measure each window where you plan on installing the shutters.


Not Considering Home Decor When Choosing Window Shutters

It’s easier to choose window shutters in Port Saint Lucie that match your current home decor than to reset the interior design around the shutters. Window shutter companies offer many customization options in terms of material, design, color, etc.


An example of this could be the tilt rod. Hidden tilt rods are suitable for modern homes for their minimalist look. Front tilt rods suit colonial or traditional decor.


Installing Alone

Installing plantation shutters is not easy for a single person. The panels can be heavy, especially the hardwood ones, making them hard to handle. It’s best to ask someone for assistance when installing shutters to support you.


Going For Small Louvers

It’s usually better to go for larger louvers than smaller ones. When you choose small louvers, you’ll need more slats to cover the shutter panels. This can block the complete view on both small and large windows, even when the louvers are open. Large louvers ensure maximum visibility on both small and large windows.


Large louvers also work better with both modern and traditional designs, making them ideal for most decors.


Choosing Lowest Price

Installing new plantation shutters is not meant to be cheap. It involves the use of high-quality products, customization and installation. Going for the cheapest bid might be easy on your pocket, but could mean compromising on the quality. Low-quality shutters may not last long, leading to further costs down the line.


You need to ensure that you get the best quality window treatment within your budget. This could involve visiting the factory and seeing how the company produces the shutters.


Applying Wrong Paint

Certain types of paint stick better to certain types of shutter materials. Using the wrong paint to color the shutters could cause the paint to peel off sooner than later. Consider the material you’re painting on before getting started.


Fastening Shutters As Tightly As Possible

Many DIYers fasten the shutters as tightly as possible, which is counterproductive for the panels. Plantation shutters need room to expand and contract, regardless of whether they’re made of wood or vinyl.


Wood may crack or warp without enough space. The fasteners or the walls are also at the risk of developing cracks. It’s best to maintain some space for expansion and contraction during different weather conditions. A coin-width space between the walls and the shutters should be enough.


Not Accounting For Moisture

If the fastening system goes all the way through the wall, it becomes easier for moisture to seep in. That’s why it’s recommended that you pre-drill the holes before fastening the shutters. You can apply a silicone agent after the installation to fill the holes.

Sandy Williams
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