Builders and homeowners alike know that shutters are a quick and easy way to add major curb appeal to a home’s exterior. However, faulty installation can compromise the durability and look of the shutters.
Tools You’ll Need to Install Fypon Shutters
- Tape measure
- Framing square
- Screw gun
- Circular saw
- Caulk gun
- PL premium adhesive
- Exterior grade screws 1 ¾”
- Safety glasses • Putty knife
- Window and door caulk
- Polyurethane compatible filler to patch holes
- 1”x4” polyurethane trim board or PVC for use as installation strips (for stucco façade only)
Pro Tip: Prior to installation, pre-finish shutters with either paint or stain.
Installing Shutters on Stucco Façades
Step 1: enter image description here Prepare the 1”x4” installation strips by cutting strips roughly 1” shorter than the height of the shutter. Measure the placement of the installation strips on top of brown coat using a tape measure or framing square. The first installation strip should be placed ½" to 1" from the outside edge of the window and centered next to the window. The second installation strip should be placed a ½" to 1" from the outer edge of the shutter width. Installation strips should be level and plumb.
Step 2: Using the PL Premium adhesive caulk, apply a ¼" strip of adhesive on the back of the installation strip and place directly onto the stucco brown coat, press the strips firmly onto the stucco. Use 3 screws to secure the installation strips to the facade (top, middle and bottom of the installation strips). Cover screws with caulk prior to shutter installation. Note: The stucco finish coat can be applied around the installation strips. After stucco dries, shutters can be installed over the installation strips.
Step 3: enter image description here First, apply a ¼" bead of PL Premium adhesive caulk on the installation strips in a zig-zag pattern or in a rectangular fashion with zig-zag pattern in the middle of the rectangle. Ensure that you completely cover the installation strips.
Then, place the shutter in a plumb and level manner onto the installation strips and fasten the shutter to the installation strips using non-corrosive 1 ¾" screws. Place two screws at the top of the shutter, two in the middle and two at the bottom of the shutter. enter image description here Note: Shutter size will determine the number of screws needed.
Step 4: After shutters are securely fastened to the installation strips, cover the fastener with a compatible polyurethane filler and touch up with your selected paint or stain.
Installing Shutters on Fiber Cement or Wood & Vinyl Siding
Note: Shutter installation over wood siding, vinyl siding or fiber cement does not require installation strips.
Step 1: First, place the shutter in a plumb and level manner against the window. Then, pre-drill through the shutter to pock mark the facade at the top, middle and bottom of the shutter. enter image description here Next, remove the shutter and pre-drill pilot holes through the facade. enter image description here Note: For vinyl siding, enlarge pilot hole (3/8").
Step 2: Caulk each pre-drilled hole with a clear weatherproof, waterproof and paintable sealant. enter image description here
Step 3: Fasten directly into the pre-drilled pilot holes using 1 ¾" exterior grade non-corrosive screws. Place two screws at the top of the shutter, two in the middle and two at the bottom of the shutter. enter image description here Note: Shutter size will determine the number of screws needed.
Step 4: After shutters are securely fastened, cover the fastener with a compatible polyurethane filler or caulk, and touch up with your selected paint or stain.
Ready to get started? View the entire line of Fypon shutters – available in Board & Batten, Plank, Louvered and Panel styles – on the shutter product page.