From Colonial to country, our exterior shutters will complement your home’s architecture, upgrade your exterior, and give your home your own personal touch. But what if you’re not exactly sure which shutters will look best on your house, or how to get the right ones to fit your windows? Let us help you in this post that answers the most common questions customers ask us when shopping for shutters. We will also point you in the direction of a few of our easy-to-use resources to keep the shutter buying process simple and straightforward.
If you are replacing shutters, measure each existing panel that is currently on your window.
While measuring, also keep in mind that if you want your shutters to be, or appear, functional (closing over windows without gaps or overlap), you will need to be precise when measuring and choosing the size of your shutters.
Square and Rectangular Windows
First, it is important to measure each window you will be installing shutters on; even though multiple windows may appear to have the same measurements, they may vary slightly depending on the window. This is especially important for functional shutters to ensure that they both fit and close properly.
Second, measure the height of the window in three places: down the left, middle, and right of the window. Measure from the top to the bottom of the window’s trim (and excluding the window sill). If the measurements are different, use the smallest measurement when selecting shutters to fit.
Third, measure the width of the window in three places: across the top, middle, and bottom of the window. If the measurements are different, use the smallest measurement when selecting shutters to fit. Divide this measurement by two, and this is the width shutters you should choose (without any clearances).
When measuring arched, or radius, windows (especially for operational shutters), you will need to pay attention to the angle of the arch when measuring shutter height.
When measuring an existing shutter, first measure the “high point” of the shutter’s height from the bottom of the shutter (B) to the tip of the shutter arch (A). Next, measure the shutter’s “low point,”starting at the bottom of the shutter (C) to the lowest point of the arch’s radius (D).
When measuring an arched window, find the window’s “high point” by measuring from the bottom of the window (B) to the tip of the window’s arch (A). The “low point” measurement starts at the bottom of the window (B) and ends at the low point of the arch’s radius (C).
Whether you need help with selecting the right shutters for your home, or further information on shutter installation and hardware, our home and garden experts are ready to take your call! Call us toll-free at 1-800-896-0978 or visit us at www.HooksandLattice.com