How to Make Plastic Window Shutters How to Make Plastic Window Shutters
Plastic window shutters can be cost effective if you are looking to save money. Shutters are often damaged through regular wear and tear, so plastic shutters are a wise option if you have a family with children. With proper assembly, plastic window shutters can look visually good and last for many years.
Step 1 – Measure the Plastic Shutters
Measure the dimensions of your window including any trim. Next, mark your plastic decking following the dimensions of the window. You want to make sure that you have enough decking to cover half of the width of your window dimensions. Since you will be using vertical plastic shutters they do not have to close all of the way, so keep this in mind when taking measurements. You can place the measurements on graph picture to give you a better idea on how the plastic shutters will look like. By drawing out the measurements, you will find this job a lot easier. Visually seeing the measurements will help you construct more accurate cuts, and will prevent you from making a mistake.
Step 2 – Measuring out the Lumber
Depending on how many pieces of lumber you measure for you window, mark these on the lumber. You want to measure 2 inches above your measurements so there will be 2 inches between each piece. Make sure to mark enough pieces for each side so as that they will cover half of the width of the window. In addition, you want to make 2 or 3 of them for durability. Three will be needed for very large windows. These will serve as your horizontal pieces. A shutter should be at least half the length of the width of the window and about 1 inch and 1/2 shorter than the window.
Step 3 – Cutting the Lumber
With the saw, cut the pieces of lumber to your given dimensions. Make sure you are wearing safety gloves and goggles.
Step 4 - Fixing Up the Shutters
Face down, set up the vertical shutter pieces. Place the smooth side of the shutter face down, that is the side you want to face outward. Make sure there is a 2-inch gap between each board. Place one horizontal brace 5 inches from the end of the vertical pieces. With 2 inch deck screws, attach the vertical shutters. Attach the second brace. You want to pre-drill the verticals in in a minimum of 4 places if you are securing them to a brick house.
Step 5 - Installing the Shutters
To install the shutters, first you want to drill a hole into the wall. Drill a mark at each anchor point of the shutter. You can now remove the shutter and the drill pilot holes. For siding, while holding the shutter in place, you will attach using deck screws. These are longer than normal screws so they will securely hold the shutter in place.