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There are plenty of steps to ensure the best overall appearance and function for your new interior shutters. Selections of shutter style, paint or stain finish color, material, and configuration are all very important. Do not neglect to inquire about the method of shutter installation. Some installers simply do what is easiest, not necessarily what is correct.
Have you been told by a local shutter company that they only use “certified shutter installers“? They may not have used this exact term, but they implied that their company is the most qualified to install your shutters. We are sure if you asked, they told you there is absolutely no possible way that interior shutters can be installed by homeowners.
The best way to keep interior window shutters in a closed position is with magnets. The magnet is a 1.5″ – 2″ unit encased in a plastic shell, which is available in white or brown to blend with painted shutters or stained shutters. On either side of the magnetic unit are slotted screw holes which allow easy alignment.
Here is another example of an improperly installed interpanel hinge. These appear to be fairly nice quality wood stained traditional shutters which have been ruined by poor installation. Notice also the light gap between the shutter panels. This indicates the shutter panels are not rabbeted. This is soooo bad!
File this under “Things That Make You Go UGH!” We at All About Shutters notice every shutter we come across. We examine the good and bad of every unit we see. Here is an example of a bad interior shutter installation. Notice the surface mounted hinge that shows from the outside of the window. Simply unacceptable and sloppy.
This entry is the second in our series titled “Shutter Details”. A shutter unit is created when panels, hinges and hang strips combine to cover a window. Narrow windows can be covered with a single panel, but most windows require multiple panels. Improperly sized or machined interior shutters can result in an unsightly vertical gap between shutter panels (see picture). There are two ways to avoid this unfortunate conclusion.