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Installation of Interior Shutters is Faster than You Might Think

installation is faster then you thinkWhen you are shopping around for interior shutters for your home, installation is going to be something that you have to consider. Some Toronto area homeowners may decide that they are going to install the shutters themselves because they believe it’ll save them money as well as time.

If you don’t install the interior shutters in your home properly, they may not sit level with the windows and they may not function properly. It is absolutely essential that you understand all of the dynamics that go into shutter installation.

If you have decided to have your shutters installed by the experts working for the company where you purchase those shutters, you may be wondering how long the process should take. Some people believe that any type of home improvement project is going to take several days. In truth, it will certainly depend on not only the size of the windows that you have in your house, but also the number of windows that you are covering with wood shutters.

On average, the typical window shutter installation process should take approximately one hour. This will include the installer showing up at your house, bringing the shutter into your house, measuring the frame of the window, and installing the proper hardware. Depending on the size of the windows as well as the type of shutter that you’ve chosen, it may take a little longer or slightly less to install each shutter over the windows.

In order to get a more accurate estimate on how long it should take, speak to the shutter expert from whom you purchased your shutters. He or she should be able to give you a pretty good idea about how long the installation process should take for your particular shutters.

If you are planning to take off from work or need to know how long this process will take to schedule your day, the shutter expert should be able to help you determine just how long it should take.

Installation Advice for the Do-It-Yourself Toronto Homeowner

measuring-for-shuttersIf you’re planning on installing brand new interior shutters yourself, you should have a fair amount of experience with some aspects of carpentry. Installing interior shutters is not quite the same as hanging curtains or drapes. If you don’t do everything right, you will end up with crooked shutters that don’t close properly, don’t look right, and that will eventually become an eyesore rather than an asset in your home.

It’s always best to have a professional install interior wood shutters, but if you insist on doing it yourself, follow the steps listed below.

Measure the window opening.

You want to measure horizontally between the window jambs. Do this in three different places: the top, middle, and bottom. This ensures that the individual who built the rough opening didn’t cut corners and that the top is the same width as the bottom.

If the measurements are different, focus on the smallest of the numbers. It’s best to use a folding ruler and not a tape measure as this would give you the most accurate reading.

Prepare the shutters.

You need to get the hinges in place on the shutters next. Seat a hinge in the mortise. Your shutters may have pre-drilled holes to make it easier to position the hinge. Most shutters are designed to open from to the right.

Screw all of the hinges into the shutters.

Have help to hold the shutters in place.

You need to have someone help you hold the shutters up to the window jamb. You want to ensure that hinges protrude enough to allow the shutter to clear the casing when parallel to the wall. Use a pencil to notch a line behind each hinge.

Next, screw the hanging bit to the jamb.

Align the shutters in the opening.

Using help, align your shutters in the window opening. Use shims as needed to adjust the shutters to create an even spacing along the window jamb. Mark the casing at the top of each hinge.

Transfer the mark on the casing to the jamb.

Use a combination square to accomplish this. Secure the shutters to the window jamb, step back, and admire your work.

How Wood Shutters Are Made & Installed

Custom Wood ShuttersThe basic unit of every shutter is the panel. A panel is made up of blades (also known as louvres). The blades are held in place by the top and bottom rails and side stiles connected by a metal strip – semi-concealed tilt rod. The metal strip controls uniform movement of the blades and gives an uninterrupted view through the blades when they are open.

Custom shutters are the best choice for a beautiful and enduring shutter, because every part is measured and specially made to within a millimeter fit for each individual window, a truly detailed product. The result is an attractively proportioned shutter with good insulation and long-term value.

Custom Wood ShuttersYour window will be measured and each and every piece of the your custom shutters will be cut and put together by hand. The shutters are stained or painted to specifications, depending on the requirements of the customer and the pieces are glued securely together, creating exquisite wood shutters that you will be proud to show off in your home.

Shutters are installed with fittings so they can be opened and shut easily. Depending on the way the shutter is to work, these will be one or a combination of the following:

  • Hinged
  • Sliding
  • Bi-folding
  • Tracked bifold

The quality of these fittings is very important if you want years of trouble free use. There’s no substitute for handmade craftsmanship that you get when you have wood shutters custom made to fit your home. Call Canada Custom today or fill out our on-site form for a free quote.