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Approximating Plantation Shutter Costs in Raleigh

November 21, 2016

There are many reasons why Raleigh homeowners purchase plantation shutters. Their elegant looks, unrivaled energy efficiency, and effective light control are all among the benefits of picking shutters as a window treatment. But if you’re planning a home improvement project, you should keep final costs in mind. “What’s the price of shutters?” is a question we usually hear during a consult.

Because each Raleigh home is individual and there is such a variety of shutter options to choose from, there’s never a concrete answer to that question before the project is fully assessed, and if a shutter company gives an upfront price without knowing your individual needs and wants, you might not be getting what you want.

If you know the factors that might have an effect on the cost of your shutter project, you can get a decent estimation of your project cost. Let’s take a look at those factors.

What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Costs?

Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-built for the windows in your home, the cost will differ according to your specific needs. Below are a few details that can influence the price of your shutters.

Hardwood shutters in Raleigh living room.

The Material Of Your Plantation Shutters

Our four types of plantation shutters are all composed of separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s new Studio™ shutters are made from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are constructed from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from recycled lumber.

Among these, Studio shutters are usually the most cost-effective, since the shutters are designed especially to be the best fusion of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since they’re 100% made in the USA, erasing costs associated with harvesting and shipping natural material.

The Dimensions of Your Windows

Generally, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so naturally larger window shutters will have a higher price tag than those on small windows. Knowing the approximate height and length of your windows can help you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring–our team will get an exact measure for you during your free in-home consultation.

Raleigh arched and rectangular costs differ. 
Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows might also add to the price compared to standard square or rectangular windows, because they take more time and work to fit the exact dimensions and unique geometry of your window. Specialty windows may also need extra installation work depending on your pre-existing window frame.

There are also a number of other variables that might affect your shutter cost such as frame style, the shutter finish you want, or additional options like hidden tilt rods.

The lesson here is that there is such a large number of variables that can affect the cost that asking “what do shutters cost?” is doing yourself a disservice by hiding the full picture.

Plantation Shutters - Perks Worth Investing In

Relative to different window treatments homeowners can choose in Raleigh, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to budget a little more. But when you think about the numerous perks that only plantation shutters provide, the investment is incredibly attractive.

Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer best in class insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters in particular can block nearly half of all heat movement through your windows, whereas other window coverings can’t even approach that level of protection. That means money saved on your home heating and A/C bills throughout the year.

Longevity - What do you think is the typical lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A couple of, perhaps more, if you’re lucky. Every time you have to replace a cheap window treatment is more money shelled out from your pocket and more time taken from you schedule. When you choose plantation shutters on your windows, you know that you’re choosing a window covering that will last a lifetime. We can even guarantee it.

Home Value - Homebuyers do their research, and they know the perks of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like sparkling new appliances or natural hardwood floors, plantation shutters can improve home resale value.

Looks - Maybe more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are chosen because they just look great. No other window treatment can compare to classic aesthetic or the particular look and simple elegance as shutters.

Let's Talk

If you’re ready to add these benefits to your home, Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is ready to help. Our design pros will visit you at your home, show you all your options and give you an accurate estimate for your project that incorporates all of your needs.

To get started, schedule a free design consultation by calling 919-887-9198 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the best solution for both your home and your budget.