p>After researching the market you have ordered the shutters for your home. They will arrive in a few days and now you have to decide whether you should install them yourself or hire a professional.
One of your considerations is the time it will take to install . If you are busy ( and who isn’t?) then it will probably help to factor in how long it may take to actually install the shutters.
The following factors will influence the time that needs to be put aside to install your new shutters :
Are the windows extra large or shaped unusually. This will determine the type of mount frame that will need to be installed. The quickest and easiest is when a mount is added on the exterior of the window frame.
Do the shutters you have bought need to be further customized to fit and ensure correct opening and closing of louvers.
Is there old window treatments that need to be removed first .
Are the window treatments at ground level or or if they are intended for external use ( I.e shutters ) perhaps on a second or third floor.
Will the size of the shutters mean that additional railing needs to be fitted.
Are the shutters to be motorized . Keep in mind that if this is the case a registered electrician must be employed to deal with the electrical side of installation.
Preparation work on site must be completed prior to any installation. This should also be factored in when trying to determine how long shutters will take to be installed.
Experts advise that for a simple rectangular average small window a shutter would take approximately an hour to install.
If the shutters are to be installed for bay windows then this would take longer at between three to four hours.
Research by diyornot.com indicates that it will take a professional 3.2 hours to fit simple exterior window shutters to an average single story home whilst it will take approx 5.5 hours for a DIY self installation . Interestingly enough surveys on the same website indicated that over 60 % of people choose in the end to let a professional install their shutters.
At the end of the day it is a difficult question to answer exactly how long installation of shutters will take. There are so many variables. In most cases installation is usually accomplished within a day . However perhaps it would be advisable to get a quote from professionals as to how many labor hours will be required in your particular situation before making a final decision.