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Estimating Plantation Shutter Costs in Southern California

November 21, 2016

There are many reasons that Southern California homeowners choose plantation shutters. Their elegant looks, peerless energy efficiency, and discriminating light control are all among the perks of going with shutters as a window treatment. But if you’re planning a home design project, you want to be aware of final costs. “How much do plantation shutters cost?” is a question we usually hear during a consult.

Since every Southern California home is individual and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s difficult to give a definite answer to that question before the project is fully assessed, and if a shutter company tells you an upfront quote without asking about your specific needs, you may not be getting what you want.

If you know the factors that may impact the price of your shutter project, you can come to a ballpark estimation of your project cost. Let’s examine some of those factors.

What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Costs?

Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your home, the cost can fluctuate according to your individual needs. Here are the major factors that can have an effect on the cost of your shutters.

Natural wood shutters in Southern California living room.

The Shutter Material

Our four categories of plantation shutters all comprise separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s new Studio™ shutters are built from a faux-wood compound, Ovation® wood shutters are constructed from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are built from converted wood.

Of these, Studio shutters tend to be the most cost-effective, as they’re designed especially to be the best marriage of value and convenience. Polywood plantation shutters are another budget-friendly option, since they’re 100% made in America, eliminating costs associated with amassing and transporting natural material.

The Shape and Size of Your Windows

For the most part, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so naturally bigger window shutters will have a higher price tag than those on small windows. Knowing the general dimensions of your windows may help you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t concern yourself too much with measuring as our project manager will get a precise measure for you during your complimentary home consultation.

Southern California rounded and square prices vary. 
Windows with unique shapes can also add to the cost compared to typical rectangular or square windows, since they take more time and work to fit the exact dimensions and angles of your window. Specialty windows might also call for added work from the installer based on your existing frame and wall.

There are also a couple of other factors that may impact your shutter cost: frame style, the shutter finish you want, or additional details like hidden tilt rods.

The lesson here is that there are so many items that can impact the price that asking “what do shutters cost?” may be doing you an injustice by not giving you the full picture.

Plantation Shutters - Advantages Worth The Investment

Relative to some other window treatments homeowners can choose in Southern California, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to invest a little more. Though if you consider the numerous advantages that only plantation shutters offer, the investment is incredibly reasonable.

Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer best in class insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters on their own are able to block up to half of all heat transfer from your windows, while other window treatments can’t even approach that degree of insulation. That results in cash saved on your home HVAC bills over time.

Resilience - What’s the typical lifespan for shades or blinds? A few years, maybe more, if you’re very lucky. Each time you replace one of those cheap window treatments is extra money out of your pocket and more time taken from your weekend. But when you purchase plantation shutters on your windows, you know that you’re installing a window treatment that will last a lifetime. We guarantee it.

Home Value - Homebuyers do their research, and they’re aware of the benefits of plantation shutters. So, just like sparkling new appliances or gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters can boost home resale value.

Looks - Perhaps more than any other reason, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look great. No other window covering offers the same timeless aesthetic or the particular look and simple elegance as shutters.

Let's Talk

If you’re ready to bring these benefits home with you, Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is ready to help. Our design pros will come to your home, show you all your options and come up with an accurate estimate for your project that incorporates all of your needs.

To start, set up a free design consultation by calling 888-611-2474 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the perfect solution for both your budget and your home.