Finding Plantation Shutter Costs in Minneapolis11/21/2016George Christ There are several reasons that Minneapolis homeowners choose plantation shutters. Their elegant looks, best in class energy efficiency, and discriminating light control are just some of the benefits of going with shutters for your windows. But if you’re planning a home addition, you want to keep final costs in mind. “How much do plantation shutters cost?” is one of the questions we field often 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 offers an upfront quote without inquiring about your specific needs and wants, you may not get the right product. If you know the variables that can have an effect on the cost of your shutter project, you can get a good estimation 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 unique needs. Here are a few factors that can influence the cost of your shutters. The Shutter Material Our four styles of plantation shutters all comprise separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our brand-new 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 typically the most cost-effective, because they’re designed especially to be the best combination of value and convenience. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since Polywood is 100% made in the USA, eliminating costs of gathering and shipping natural hardwood materials. The Dimensions of Your Windows In general, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so it follows that 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 complimentary 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 specifications 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 number 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 obscuring the whole picture. Plantation Shutters - Perks Worth The Investment Compared to some other window coverings homeowners can choose 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 best in class insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters in particular 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 heating and A/C bills over time. Lastingness - What would you say is the typical lifespan for shades or blinds? 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 putting in 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 beautiful tile floors, plantation shutters can increase home resale value. Aesthetics - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are chosen because they just look better. No other window treatment can compare to ageless aesthetic or the distinct look and simple elegance as shutters. Let's Talk 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, explain all your options and offer an accurate estimate of the job that incorporates all of your needs. To get started, schedule a free in-home consultation by calling 952-856-8130 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the perfect solution for both your home and your budget.