By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Louvered wooden window shutters were originally designed to play a big part in making a house comfortable. The shutters were opened to allow air to circulate inside, and they were adjustable to protect the interior from too much sun and rain. Today, however, shutters are mostly made of vinyl and used more as decoration to frame windows and add texture and contrast against the siding.
Designers say you should choose shutters that are about half as wide as the window. To make a house look larger, choose a shutter color that blends with the color of the siding; conversely, a contrasting shutter color makes a house looks smaller because it cuts up the space.
A carpenter or handyman will charge $380 to install four pairs of 15-inch-wide shutters, which includes labor and material. You can buy the shutters and fasteners for $245 and install them, saving 35 percent. Installing shutters on a one-story house is relatively easy; you can do it in an afternoon. However, if you have a two-story house you'll be working on a high ladder, so it's good to have a helper on another ladder holding the shutter while you attach it. A cordless drill to fasten the shutters to the siding comes in handy.
The Old House Guy has this advice about Exterior Window Shutters.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install exterior shutters lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020
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