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Breaking Down Plantation Shutter Costs in Seattle

November 21, 2016

There are several reasons why Seattle homeowners purchase plantation shutters. Their classic looks, unmatched energy efficiency, and effective light control are just some of the benefits of choosing shutters as a window treatment. But when you’re planning a home remodel project, you should keep final costs in mind. “What’s the price of shutters?” is a question we get a lot during a consult.

Because every Seattle home is one of a kind and there is such a variety of shutter options to choose from, there’s never a solid answer to that question if a project isn’t fully appraised, and if a shutter company gives an upfront quote without asking about your individual needs, you may not be getting what you want.

If you know the variables that may affect the cost of your shutter project, you can come to a good estimation of your project cost. Let’s take a look at those variables.

What Affects Plantation Shutter Costs?

Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are customized for the windows in your home, the cost can vary according to your home’s specific needs. Below are a few factors that can impact the cost of your shutters.

Hardwood shutters in Seattle living room.

The Material Of Your Plantation Shutters

Our four categories of plantation shutters are all composed of different materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s brand-new Studio™ shutters are constructed from a faux-wood compound, Ovation® wood shutters are made from real hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are built from converted lumber.

Among our shutters, Studio shutters tend to be the most cost-effective, since they’re designed especially to be the best marriage of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are another budget-friendly option, since Polywood is 100% made in the USA, erasing costs from gathering and transporting natural material.

The Dimensions of Your Windows

Generally, plantation shutters are priced based on square-footage, so that larger window shutters will have a higher price tag than smaller window shutters. Knowing the approximate measurements of your windows can let you come up with 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.

Seattle rounded and rectangular costs vary. 
Windows with unique shapes might also add to the total cost compared to typical rectangular or square windows, due to those windows taking more time and work to match the exact specifications and angles of the window. Specialty windows might also call for extra work from the installer based on your pre-existing frame and wall.

There are also a few other variables that can influence your shutter price: the style of your frame, the shutter finish you want, or extra details like hidden tilt rods.

The point is that there is such a large number of factors that can drive the total that asking “what’s the cost of shutters?” is doing you a disservice by obscuring the whole picture.

Plantation Shutters Offer Benefits Worth The Investment

When put side by side with some other window coverings you can get in Seattle, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to budget a little more. Though if you bear in mind the numerous benefits that only plantation shutters offer, the investment becomes remarkably reasonable.

Energy Efficiency - Plantation shutters are the only window treatment to offer top of the line insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters in particular can block up to half of the heat transfer from your windows, whereas other window coverings can’t even approach that level of protection. That means money saved on your home utility bills throughout the year.

Lastingness - What’s the typical lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? Two years, maybe longer, if you’re fortunate. Every time you need to replace one of those cheap window treatments is extra money out of your wallet and extra time taken out of your life. When you go with plantation shutters, you know that you’re putting in a window treatment that will last a lifetime. We even guarantee it.

Home Value - Homebuyers do their research, and they’re aware of the benefits of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like natural hardwood floors or sparkling new appliances, plantation shutters can increase home resale value.

Appearance - Perhaps more than any other reason, plantation shutters are chosen because they just look great. No other window treatment offers the same ageless aesthetic or the particular look and crisp elegance as shutters.

Let's Talk

If you’re ready to take all the benefits of shutters home with you, Sunburst Shutters Washington is here to help. Our window experts will come to your home, explain all your options and give you an accurate estimate for your project that incorporates all of your needs.

To start, schedule a free window design consultation by calling 360-464-2277 or filling out the form below. Together we can find the best solution for both your budget and your home.