There are several reasons that Minneapolis homeowners purchase plantation shutters. Their elegant looks, peerless energy efficiency, and discriminating light control are all among the benefits of going with shutters for your windows. But if you’re planning a home addition, you might want to keep final costs in mind. “What do shutters cost?” is one of the questions we usually hear during a consult.
Since each Minneapolis 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 awindow treatment company tells you an upfront quote without asking about your specific needs, you may not get the right product.
If you know the variables that can impact the cost of your shutter project, you can come up with a good approximation of your final cost. Let’s examine some of them.
What Affects Plantation Shutter Costs?
Because all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-built for the windows in your home, the cost can vary depending on your individual needs. Below are a few factors that can influence the price of your shutters.
The Shutter Material
Our four styles of plantation shutters are all composed of separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our newly launched Studio™ shutters are constructed from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are made from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are built from converted lumber.
Among our shutters, Studio shutters are usually the most cost-effective, since they’re designed especially to be the best marriage of value and comfort. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since Polywood is 100% made in the USA, erasing costs associated with amassing and shipping natural hardwood materials.
The Dimensions of Your Windows
In general, plantation shutters are priced based on square-footage, so naturally larger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than smaller window shutters. Knowing the basic dimensions of your windows can let you generate an initial estimate, but don’t concern yourself too much with measuring–our team will get an exact measure for you during your free in-home consultation.
Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows might also add to the total cost relative to standard square or rectangular windows, due to those windows taking extra time and work to fit the exact size and unique geometry of the window. Specialty windows might also require extra installation work based on your pre-existing frame and wall.
There are also a couple of other factors that can influence your shutter price such as the style of your frame, your preferred finish, or extra options like hidden tilt rods.
The lesson here is that there is such a large number of items that can influence the cost that asking “what’s the cost of shutters?” is doing you an injustice by hiding the full picture.
Plantation Shutters - Perks Worth The Investment
Compared to some other window coverings you can get in Minneapolis, it’s true that plantation shutters may require you to invest a little more. But when you bear in mind the numerous perks that only plantation shutters provide, the investment is incredibly reasonable.
Energy Efficiency - Plantation shutters are the only window treatment to offer top of the line insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters on their own are able to block nearly half of all heat movement through your windows, while other window coverings can’t even approach that degree of insulation. That results in money saved on your home utility bills over time.
Lastingness - What would you say is the typical lifespan of a set of blinds or shades? Two years, perhaps more, if you’re extremely fortunate. Every time you have to replace a cheap window treatment is extra money out of your pocket and more time taken from you schedule. But when you install plantation shutters, you know that you’re going with a window treatment that can last a lifetime. We even guarantee it.
Home Value - Homebuyers are smart people, and they know the perks of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like sparkling new appliances or natural tile floors, plantation shutters can increase home resale value.
Looks - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, people choose shutters because they just look better. No other window treatment can compare to ageless aesthetic or the distinct look and simple elegance as shutters.
If you’re looking to incorporate shutters and all their benefits into your home, Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis is ready to help. Our design pros can visit you at your home, walk you through all your options and give you an accurate estimate of the job that incorporates all of your needs.
To start, schedule a free in-home consultation by calling 952-856-8130 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the best solution for both your home and your budget.