Approximating Plantation Shutter Costs in Raleigh11/21/2016Blake Jarman There’s a lot of reasons why Raleigh homeowners choose plantation shutters. Their elegant looks, unrivaled energy efficiency, and effective light control are just some of 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 unique and there is such a variety of shutter options to choose from, it’s difficult to give a concrete answer to that question if a project isn’t 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 impact the cost of your shutter project, you can get a decent approximation 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. Here are some of the variables that can influence the price of your shutters. The Material Of Your Plantation Shutters Our four types of plantation shutters all comprise 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 repurposed lumber. Among these, Studio shutters are usually the most cost-effective, because 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% American-made, eliminating 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 project manager will get an exact measure for you during your complimentary home consultation. Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows may also add to the cost 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 call for extra installation work depending on your pre-existing window frame. There are also a number of other variables that may affect your shutter cost such as frame style, the finish, or additional options like hidden tilt rods. The point 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 obscuring the whole 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 bear in mind 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 come near that level of protection. That means cash saved on your home utility bills throughout the year. Longevity - What do you think is the typical lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A few years, perhaps more, if you’re lucky. Every time you need 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 beautiful hardwood floors or stunning new appliances, plantation shutters can improve home resale value. Looks - Maybe more than any reason listed above, people choose shutters because they just look fantastic. No other window treatment comes close to offering the same ageless aesthetic or the particular look and crisp elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re looking 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 offer an accurate estimate for your project that incorporates all of your needs. To start, schedule a free design consultation by calling 919-887-9198 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the perfect solution for both your home and your budget.