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How Should Exterior Shutters Fit?

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 […]

Cedar combination exterior shutters can bring elegant curb appeal to any home.

How to Enhance Home Decor Elegance with Exterior Shutters

Boasting some of the most beautiful exterior shutters on the market, we here at Hooks and Lattice are devoted to elegance and beauty in the name of home decor. We believe every home, apartment, and business could use a little sprucing up, especially to boost custom curb appeal. Our array of window shutters vary in size, shape, and color – and we can customize those aspects to suit your decor needs and specifications.

If you have only just begun thinking about exterior shutters to enhance the elegance of your home decor, we have some helpful advice on shutter types, as well as how to measure & install shutters, to get you started.

Choosing the Right Shutter Colors

The right composite window shutters can make or break the curb appeal of your home, apartment, of business. Take for example a small office building incorporated within an old-fashioned, yet beautiful, Colonial home. The home could be lovely shades of blue and white with tinges of dark brown, representative of a timeless look. When pondering exterior shutters for this type of place, you would want to match the colors of the exterior home decor to the shutters. Tackiness can be the death of curb appeal.

Traditional louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home.

Black louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home’s classic brick exterior. Source

To choose the perfect shades and colors of your composite window shutters, you have to really examine your home – getting up close to pinpoint and pick out both bold and subtle hues in your decor. After that, choosing and matching up colorful, or neutral, exterior shutters should be a breeze.

How to Install Exterior Shutters

Hooks and Lattice shutters come with guarantees of ease. We believe the best house shutters are those that require very little time to install, but provide years, perhaps even decades, of beautiful decor elegance.

We offer two options for installation of your window shutters – decorative mount or operable use. Each pair of shutters includes the hardware required to mount them, as well as instructions on how to secure the pairs into place.

Architectural Louvered Fiberglass Shutters with Matching Window Boxes

For example, for fixed shutters, you would hold the shutter in place while drilling into your window frame. Hook the hardware into the drilled holes, and voila! You have a perfectly mounted pair of decorative shutters to accentuate your home and add instant elegance to your exterior decor.

Hooks & Lattice Shutters – For the Win!

We take pride in saying, and being able to back up the fact, that our exterior window shutters in all their colors and shutter styles are the best. You simply cannot find the quality, care, and customization in big box stores. Add to the fact that we offer advice on upkeep, as well as guarantees, and you can see why our exterior shutters have been ranked at the tip top when it comes to home improvement.

Bring elegance to your home decor with a pair of house shutters from our slew of high-quality house enhancements!

Use our Exterior Shutter Buying Guide to help you choose the best shutters for your home or business.

Faux Bracket Placement Guide for Window Boxes

With their crisp lines and beautiful plants and flowers, window boxes are a great addition to any interior or exterior window. But the finishing touch to creating a show-stopping piece is something small – a faux bracket or decorate corbel. Our window planter boxes are so sturdy and easy to install that they don’t need visible brackets supporting them from underneath. However, faux brackets can add a great detail to a window box and provide the perfect finishing touch.

No-Rot, Everlasting Beauty

Our faux brackets come in a variety of styles to match our many window box options. Faux brackets for our PVC window boxes are made of resilient weather resistant materiel and are designed to not rot or mildew while providing you a lifetime of beautiful flower boxes that look like real wood. Check out our selection of composite flower boxes and brackets to find the perfect style for your home.

Fake brackets for direct mount window boxes can be painted to coordinate with the flowers or color scheme of your home. If your PVC flower boxes fall into the XL category (these boxes have an XL before the name, such as XL Premier Hampton or XL Premier Laguna), the classic XL faux bracket is the right size and style for you. All other types of PVC window boxes work well with the standard faux bracket. No matter the size, the traditional shape of these brackets make them a subtle but stylish accent to complete your look.

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3 Faux Brackets Looks Great on Windows with 2 Panes

How many brackets do I need?

Once you have determined the style of your window box brackets, you need to purchase the correct amount. Faux brackets are sold individually, so you can purchase as many as you desire.

In general, we recommend:

  • 2 brackets for 24″ to 48″ window boxes
  • 3 brackets for 60″ window boxes
  • 4 brackets for the 72″ window boxes

When using multiple brackets, measure in from the sides so that the brackets are spaced evenly to create a cohesive and uniform look. Installing the brackets is a simple process – after measuring and lightly marking where each bracket will go, use a PVC adhesive to attach brackets to the bottom of the window box and allow to dry. The window boxes can them be hung easily using normal installation instructions.

 

Faux brackets are a simple detail that can make a big impact on the overall look of your window boxes. It doesn’t take much time or effort to put together a flawless and complete look! For more information about decorative brackets for window boxes, go to Hooks & Lattice and check out our Brackets section.

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Installing Window Boxes the Right Way

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Ever wonder how these things just ‘float’ under windows?

Planter boxes are timeless and beautiful home and garden additions. A well maintained window box planter can add a touch of elegance to any home. At HooksandLattice.com, you can choose from lots of different kinds of container designs and materials, like vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and various types of metal, but the material with the most versatility is that of the composite PVC window boxes.

Life’s Easier with PVC

PVC planter boxes have the appearance of wood and can be custom painted by HooksandLattice.com, like this ArmorCoat Bronze Laguna with Cleat Mounting System, which is actually a real bronze coating (install guide included). PVC composite material looks as elegant as true wood without the hassle of maintenance. PVC window boxes don’t feel like plastic, and when painted, they look and feel like actual wood.  Unlike vinyl, wood, and most metal boxes, a cellular PVC will not rot, bend, sag, crack, or rust.

How to Perform Your Window Box Installation

An improperly hung window box can not only cause damage to your home, but can also cause serious injuries to yourself and others. The following instructions are included only as an installation guide, and because PVC boxes can be installed on almost any siding, specific instructions will vary. Be sure to contact a licensed contractor for your project before you hang your PVC window box.

Measuring

For the most traditional and simple way to hang a new window box, use a direct mount window box planter. Before making your purchase, you want to make sure that you’ve got the right sized window boxes. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you measure the window you intend to use so your planter box doesn’t extend more than four inches past your window.

Mounting for Wood/Vinyl/Stucco

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall underneath the chosen window. Mark the spot of each stud. Not having a planter box properly secured to a stud in the wall is the quickest way to bring it and maybe even part of your wall to the ground.
  • Center the planter box underneath your window. Transfer the markings from the studs to your container and drill holes into the box. It is important to properly align your markings before you transfer them and start drilling so your project will be level.
  • Recenter the box underneath your window and mark the wall through the holes you just drilled in the box. This is where you will drill the pilot holes into your siding. If you don’t properly align your markings, you’ll be sure to have a lopsided planter box.
  • Drill the bolt holes through the marking you made on your siding, then bolt your container to the wall. PVC window boxes are often heavy, so it may suit you to use other tools, like heavy duty clips in addition to your bolts to keep your planter box secure.

 

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Do I need Brackets?

Before bolting composite flower boxes to the wall, you may want to add a pair of decorative brackets to your direct mount for additional decorative flair and support for your container. A window box can be heavy on its own, but its weight grows even more when you add soil and plants. While not necessarily required, decorative brackets can be useful to provide support in windy or otherwise dangerous areas. Click here to peruse both decorative and functional support brackets. Installing planters on brick or masonry? Our installation guides cover both!

Now that you know how to hang window boxes, your house is posed to be the talk of the neighborhood. Explore our selection of charming PVC window boxes and brackets on HooksandLattice.com to bring some variety into your home and garden today.

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How to Hang Window Boxes on Vinyl Siding

If you’re one of the millions of homeowners nationwide with vinyl siding, chances are you value materials and products that are long-lasting, low-maintenance and beautiful. As such, desired tips for increasing curb appeal should be affordable, durable and doable from a DIY perspective. The perfect project? Hanging window planters!

With the help of this how-to guide, installing a window box on vinyl siding is made easy. Here at Hooks And Lattice, our mission is to improve curb appeal for every abode, from ranch homes to colonials. And being that vinyl is the #1 siding used in the United States, many a homeowner will find this tutorial useful learning how to hang window boxes on vinyl siding.

When deciding how to hang a window box planter, there are essentially two options to choose from:

Option #1: Direct Mount with Bolts

Option #2: Mounting Hooks For Vinyl

Deciding between the two is really a matter of preference. There’s no single best way to hang window boxes on vinyl siding, although we recommend a direct mount installation. Read on to see why.

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Wow does this house need window boxes!
For dual-span windows, try one long window planter for a comprehensive look.

Installing Window Boxes Directly to Vinyl Siding

The Perks:

  • Simple and stable for a lasting mount
  • Lower risk of coming unattached compared w/ vinyl hooks
  • Greater weight bearing capabilities
  • Mounts flush to siding for a polished look
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A hayrack trough planter dresses up this dormer window.
Raised panel shutters frame the opening for a polished exterior display.

Supply List:

  • Correctly sized window box
  • Mounting bolts
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil or marker

How To Install:

  • Find the wooden studs beneath vinyl siding. You will be drilling straight through in order to anchor mounting bolts right into studs.
  • Measure your garden container to determine the distance between mounting brackets or holes in the frame. You will align this with your stud spacing.

Note: If using a Hooks And Lattice Window Box made of wood, composite PVC or one of our metal cages, your container is compatible with standard 16″-18″ stud spacing.

  • Use window box measurements to identify mounting position. Then mark your spots on the vinyl clearly to guide drilling.
  • Drill starter holes into siding. Just enough to give the bolt an opening that will help to guide it through.
  • Thread your first bolt through a pre-drilled mounting hole on the window box. Depending on their position, either begin with one side or, if there’s a center bracket or mounting tab, begin here.
  • Attach your container to siding. Depending on how comfortable you are holding up the weight of your window box, this part can be a one or two-person job. While supporting the full weight of the planter, drill in your first threaded bolt all the way through to wood siding, just shy of tightening all the way.
  • Finally, add remaining bolts and repeat the step above. Once the last is in and you’ve checked to make sure the display is straight, tighten bolts the rest of the way to secure the mount.

Now you’re ready to try out all of your favorite container garden arrangements for spring, summer, fall and winter. For homes in colder climates, be sure to choose a weather resistant flower planter or choose window boxes with removable liners that are easy to winterize and store.

How to Install Arched Top Shutters Correctly

Photo Credit: The Godby's

Wooden arched top shutters on the upstairs accompanied by straight-top shutters on the lower level.

Historically, shutters only served a functional role: that of covering the house’s windows, protecting them against the elements – since back then glass was something not many could afford. Nowadays, shutters serve both a functional role – as they protect your window and a decorative role – as their presence can greatly contribute to the curb appeal of your home.

It is no surprise therefore that an increasingly number of people turn to installing exterior shutters when it comes to home improvements, especially since shutters also increase property value. Although it looks easy enough, not everyone knows how to install shutters properly, especially arched top shutters which are a bit trickier to mount because of their shape. And because you probably want to make sure that you do a good job, here are a few things you need to pay attention to:

Placement

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The #1 mistake made during arch top shutter installation is the panel orientation…oftentimes even by hired installers!

You don’t have to place shutters at every window. Use them only for the windows you feel could benefit from the presence of shutters. In fact, only single windows should be fitted with shutters, as fitting them on wider windows would be impractical – they would not cover the entire window. Even if you just want them for décor they would look awkward.

Choosing the Right Shutters

You need to select a shutter that matches the shape and size of your window perfectly. The arch of the window can be elliptical or a semi-circle. You need to then measure the width of the window opening. This will help you get the exact width of the two arched window shutters, since they need to meet in the middle of the window.

Wood composite arched top window shutters flank a traditional window. Exterior shutter hardware supports and holds the panels open.

There aren’t many styles of arched top shutters on the market, because of their special shape. However, they match pretty much any architectural style easily, and you will find it easy to find something that is a perfect fit for your home – whether you are looking for something classical looking or for something with a more modern look.

Shutter Installation

The materials you need to use for shutter installation depend on whether you are interested in using them only as decorations, or you wish to actually use them to protect your home from the scorching sun. You should know that the difference in costs between the two is not significant – and it pays to be able to actually use them. Either way, attach the shutters at the edges of the window, so that they look natural. Make sure they are symmetrically placed, and that you didn’t attach them backwards – the exterior design must face the wall.

It’s easy to make mistakes when installing arched top shutters. You need to pay attention and correct any mistakes made. That way, you’ll be one step closer to giving your home that perfect look you’ve always dreamed of.

Now that you know how to install them correctly – start shopping exterior shutters for the perfect fit for the architectural style of your house.