Installing shutters on wood siding

Exterior Shutter Installation – Install Wood and Vinyl Shutters

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There are two methods of exterior shutter installation for your home. Following our exterior shutter installation tips will enable you to install each way. There are two popular methods for exterior shutter installation: to install wood shutters shutters on hinges and install vinyl shutters directly to the house. Both can be quickly learned. Exterior shutter installation on hinges is for functional shutters that need to open or close or just have the look that they can. You install vinyl shutters directly to the house, a method sometimes called “direct set.”

Ok, let’s begin with direct set installation. Direct set installation of exterior shutters is used to install vinyl shutters and sometimes to install wood shutters. There are no hinges or other hardware to mount the exterior shutters. The only hardware needed are 2 – 3 inch long screws and drywall anchors for the brick and rock installation. For installing vinyl shutters there will normally be six holes and six accompanying plugs which will cover the screw heads. Step one is to hold the vinyl shutter up to the window in the desired location and to trace through the holes with a pencil transferring the mark to the house itself. Next, you want to predrill a hole to receive the screws. If you are on siding, a 1/8″ hole should do. Simply drill into the siding with this bit at each location. If you are installing shutters on brick, you will want to predrill with a 1/4″ bit and slip a plastic drywall anchor into the brick. This will give the screw something to grab.

Once you’ve predrilled the holes, it’s as simple as holding the exterior shutters back up to the window to install the exterior shutters with 2 – 3 inch screws. It’s a good idea to place a plug over the screws to conceal them. To install wood shutters, sometimes you have to make your own install holes. These holes can be predrilled with a countersink bit in each corner and near the middle of the outside railing. You can also make your own plugs with a plug cutting bit that matches the countersink bit diameter. The nice thing about wood plugs is that they can be made to flush out with the shutter and are concealed much better than the standard vinyl plugs.


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House wrap first or window flashing?

Perhaps a newbie question...
After framing and sheathing a wood-framed house, is the house wrap (aka Tyvek, etc) installed first to the edge of wall openings, then window/door flashing lapped over that?
Or is window flashing (10" strips of that black stuff) installed first directly on wood studs/sheathing, then house wrap lapped over that?
Siding will be stucco.
What's your vote?

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  —
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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