Approximating Plantation Shutter Costs in Southern California11/21/2016Kimball Jones There’s a lot of reasons why Southern California homeowners choose interior plantation shutters. Their classic looks, unmatched energy efficiency, and effective light control are just some of the perks of picking shutters for your windows. But if you’re planning a home addition, you may want to keep final costs in mind. “How much will plantation shutters cost?” is one of the questions we field often during a consultation. Because every Southern California home is unique and there is such a variety of shutter options to choose from, it’s difficult to give a definite answer to that question if a project isn’t fully appraised, and if awindow treatment company tells you a direct quote without knowing your specific needs, you may not end up with what you were looking for. If you know the factors that might affect the cost of your shutter project, you can come up with a decent estimation of your project cost. Let’s take a look at those factors. What Impacts Plantation Shutter Costs? Since all of our plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your home, the cost will vary depending on your home’s individual needs. Below are the major variables that can influence the cost of your shutters. The Material Of Your Plantation Shutters Our four categories of plantation shutters all comprise different materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our newly launched Studio™ shutters are built from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are made from real hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are built from converted wood. Of these, Studio shutters are typically the most cost-effective, because the shutters are designed specifically to be the best combination of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since they’re 100% made in the USA, eliminating costs associated with gathering and transporting natural lumber. The Shape and Size of Your Windows Generally, 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 general dimensions of your windows may help you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring as our crew will get an exact measurement for you during your free window design consultation. Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows may also add to the cost relative to standard rectangular or square 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 added installation work depending on the quality of your pre-existing window frame. There exist a number of other variables that can influence your shutter cost: the style of your frame, the finish, or additional options like hidden tilt rods. The lesson here is that there is such a large number of qualities that can drive the total that asking “what’s the price of shutters?” may be doing you an injustice by hiding the full picture. Plantation Shutters Offer Benefits Worth Investing In Compared to some other window treatments you can get in Southern California, it’s true that plantation shutters may require you to invest a little more. But when you consider the numerous benefits that only plantation shutters provide, the investment is incredibly reasonable. Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer top of the line insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters in particular are able to block nearly half of all heat movement through your windows, where other window coverings can’t even approach that level of protection. That means dollars saved on your home utility bills throughout the year. Lastingness - What do you think is the average lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A few years, perhaps more, if you’re fortunate. Every time you replace a cheap window treatment is extra money out of your wallet and extra time taken from you schedule. But when you purchase plantation shutters on your windows, you know that you’re installing a window covering that can last a lifetime. We even guarantee it. Home Value - The typical homebuyer does a lot of research, and they’re aware of the benefits of plantation shutters. So, just like gorgeous hardwood floors or brand-new appliances, plantation shutters can boost home resale value. Aesthetics - Maybe more than any reason listed above, people choose shutters because they just look great. No other window covering comes close to offering the same classic aesthetic or the distinct look and crisp elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re looking to add these benefits to your home, Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is ready to help. Our trained professionals 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 begin, set up a free design consultation by calling 888-611-2474 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the best solution for both your budget and your home.