In this kind of economy, if theres one thing that a lot of us are discovering, its that we end up spending a lot of money paying people to do things that we can actually teach ourselves to do.
Thanks to television networks like HGTV and online websites like DIY.com, decorating jobs that used to seem impossible are now step-by-step probable. Take installing exterior blinds, for example.
If its a summer task that youd like to take on, but youre not sure just how to begin, here are some tips that will make you just about as good as the home improvement experts!
Make sure you know what youre attaching your blinds or shutters to.
Just as with an interior setting, its important to know what kind of surface you are working with. After all, if the exterior of your home is made from wood, its going to require a slightly different set of mounting tools than if its made of brick.
Noteably, if you have wood or vinyl siding, a corded or cordless drill will be your primary power tool. However, if your home has a brick veneer, you will need a hammer drill, masonry bits, and Tapcon® masonry screws, and perhaps some washers.
Therefore, its a good idea to discuss this, beforehand, with the place where you are purchasing the blinds or shutters so that they can make the best recommendation for you.
These are the only tools required in almost all cases:
Four foot level
Corded or cordless drill with bits and the appropriate screws
Regardless of whether you are installing shutters or blinds, you will be installing inside or outside mounts. The details will be supplied by the manufacturer and are very easy to follow today. If its an interior job, youll be using brackets on the trim on your window frame.
In almost all cases, you will have the option of mounting inside a recessed frame or on the room-facing side of the trim.
If you are working with exterior shutters, youll be using the supplied brackets to install the blinds on the brick or wood or vinyl outside of the window frame.
Before You Order Your Blinds
Once youre clear on if you're going to mount from the inside or out, you then need to measure your windows. Since the width of windows or runs of windows vary, in many cases blinds or shutters can be preordered; the manufacturer can make them to your specification.
You will need to know how your vender likes the measurement to be made. If youre mounting from the inside, make sure to measure the distance between the left and right sides.
If youre mounting from the outside, its up to you to decide how far you want your window treatment to go beyond the actual width of the window. In coming to a decision, also make sure to measure the length of the window so that you there will be thorough shade capabilities.
Once you receive your order, youre now ready to mount the brackets. Regardless of whether youre working from the interior or exterior of the home, check to see that you have brackets that are compatible with its surface.
Then, mark where the brackets need to go on the exterior part of your window. Use your four foot level so that your product will be level. Once you have put up the brackets, you can place the exterior window treatments onto them.
Theres one more thing to remember. Whether its Venetian window blinds, wood blinds, roller shades, honeycomb shades, fauxwood blinds, or any of the myriad of other options in between, its also a good idea to discuss with the customer service agent your intention for the blinds.
The reason for this is so that they can recommend the kind of blinds that will provide you with the most longevity for your money based on your budget, the climate, and even the placement of where you plan to put your blinds onto the house.
Blinds can be a wonderful, decorative touch and with the right kind of planning, they can last for years to come.