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How to Install Exterior Window Shutters (page 2 of 2)

Most exterior window shutters are for decorative purposes only, but having working shutters on your windows will provide privacy and security, plus help protect against bad weather.
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Exterior Shutters Open Out Flat Against Wall

Here's What You'll Need to Do:

Attach the Shutters

Lower the hinge sections on the shutter onto the hinge sections secured to the frame. The shutter should easily slide into place when the hinges are correctly aligned. Check that the shutters open and close smoothly.

Shutter Slides on Hinge if Aligned Correctly

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Install the Tie-Backs

Position the tie-backs. Open the shutters to get the right level, then make sure you will be able to reach them from inside. Screw into place. Drill pilot holes and plug if necessary (Image 1).

Check that the tie-backs operate smoothly and make any adjustments as required (Image 2).

About Security Shutters

Exterior roll-down security shutters are available. These are often motorized and can be easily operated from inside the home. The modern, unobtrusive designs also offer excellent heat and sound insulation. If you wish to fit security shutters, seek advice from a manufacturer. They will usually measure the window for you, then make and install them to your exact specifications.

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