How to Make Louvered Vinyl Shutters How to Make Louvered Vinyl Shutters

What You'll Need
Louvered vinyl shutters
Electric drill
Countersinking drill bits (optional)
Wood screws

When it comes to exterior shutters, many people choosing louvered vinyl shutters. There are many benefits to using these durable shutters. Louvered shutters consist of a shutter frame filled with downward turned, overlapping slats. These slats work like adjustable blinds in your windows that have been turned down. The louvered style shutters allow for free air flow through the shuttered area but also give complete visual privacy as well as protection from strong wind and weather to include rain. Many vinyl shutters are handmade from wood but there are advantages to using mold-poured vinyl shutters. The vinyl shutters are completely weather proof and will often last a life time with only occasional repainting being necessary. Vinyl shutters can be ordered and made specifically to the dimensions of your windows and will come in whatever grain pattern and color you choose. Once you have ordered the appropriate size, color and style of louvered vinyl shutters that you want installing them is a breeze.

Step 1 - Measure Your Window Frame

To buy the correct sized louvered vinyl shutters for your windows you must take precise measurements of  the window frames with your tape measure. Not all windows may be exactly square so it is important to measure the width and height of the window frame in several places both high and low. When choosing the final size for your shutters use the smallest of the measurements you have taken. This will ensure that your louvered vinyl shutters will fit in the window frame and will not rub or stop anywhere.

Step 2 - Drill Mounting Holes

Place your new shutters in their intended windows and mark the specific areas where the mounting holes need to be drilled. Sometimes your louvered vinyl shutters will come in a kit that contains a system of tapped-in plugs to hang the shutters. If not, you will simply screw the shutters into place. If the shutters are stationary, they should only require regularly drilled screws. If you purchase shutters with moving parts you should consider countersinking the screws if order to avoid any interference to movement they may cause.

Step 3 - Hanging Your Shutters

Once the appropriate size, type and number of holes have been drilled in your window frame you have only to hang your shutters accordingly. If your shutter installation kit came with shutter plugs, simply tap them securely into place. If not, simply screw the shutters into place using the mounting holes you drilled. If you used countersink drill bits, make certain that you do not drive the screws too deep or not deep enough. A properly countersunk screw head should be perfectly level with the surrounding wood.

Step 4 - Upkeep

Because they are made of very tough weatherproofed vinyl, your new shutters should require little to no maintenance. Cosmetically they need only be washed on occasion and maybe repainted every once in a while with a weather sealing paint.

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