Dress up your home with shutters.

How to Attach Shutters to Siding

by Wade Shaddy

Most homeowners install shutters for aesthetic purposes. If you feel the exterior of your home lacks style or design, shutters might be just the thing you're looking for. Modern shutters, which may be plastic, nylon or composite, attach directly to siding by way of a locking pin. Even if you're not handy with tools, these barbed pins are easy to install, locking the shutters to the home. If you ever feel the need to remove the shutters, the pins clip off for easy release.

Place a piece of masking tape on the shutter to designate the top. Most shutters have a slight arch at the top.

Place the shutter in its desired location on the siding. Drill four holes through the shutter -- 1 inch diagonally from each corner. Use a 3/8-inch drill bit and drill/driver to drill through the shutter and into the siding and wall to a depth of at least 3 inches. Remove the shutter from the wall.

Insert 3/8-by-3-inch shutter pins into the holes to penetrate at least 1 inch through the back of the shutter.

Place the shutter back on the wall, inserting the ends of the pins into the matching holes in the wall.

Tap the pins into the shutter, using a hammer. Drive them tight to the wall. When the pin is flush with the shutter, stop tapping.

Items you will need

  • Masking tape
  • 3/8-by-3-inch shutter pins
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Drill/driver
  • Hammer


  • Have an assistant help you hold the shutter while you drill the holes and insert the pins without removing the shutter from the wall.
  • Remove the shutter at any time by cutting off the head of the pin with a chisel. Pull the shutter off the pins. Pull the pins out of the wall using diagonal pliers.


  • Don't tap too hard on the pin. As the pin enters the hole, the barbs grip the sides of the hole. If you pound to hard, the pin penetrates too deep and can cause the shutter to dimple or recess

About the Author

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.

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