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Breaking Down Plantation Shutter Costs in Austin

November 21, 2016

There are many reasons that Austin homeowners choose interior plantation shutters. Their classic looks, peerless energy efficiency, and effective light control are all among the perks of choosing shutters as a window treatment. But if you’re planning a home design project, you want to keep final costs in mind. “What’s the price of shutters?” is one of the questions we field often during a consultation.

Because every Austin home is one of a kind and there is such a variety of shutter options to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to generate a definite answer to that question before the project is fully appraised, and if a window treatment company offers a direct quote without inquiring about your specific needs and wants, you may not be getting what you want.

If you’re aware of the factors that may impact the price of your shutter project, you can come up with a good estimation of your shutter cost. Let’s take a look at those variables.

What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Prices?

Because all of our plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your house, the cost can fluctuate according to your specific needs. Here are the major details that can have an effect on the cost of your shutters.

Natural wood shutters in Austin living room.

The Material Of Your Plantation Shutters

Our four categories of plantation shutters are all composed of separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s newly launched Studio™ shutters are made from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are made from real hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from recycled lumber.

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

The Shape and Size of Your Windows

Typically, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so that bigger window shutters will have a higher price tag than smaller window shutters. Knowing the general measurements of your windows can let you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t concern yourself too much with measuring as our crew will get an exact measurement for you during your complimentary home consultation.

Austin arched and square costs differ. 
Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows may also add to the price relative to typical rectangular or square windows, due to those windows taking extra time and work to fit the exact size and angles of the window. Specialty windows may also call for added work from the installer based on your existing frame and wall.

There exist a number of other variables that may affect your shutter price such as the style of your frame, the shutter finish you want, or extra options like hidden tilt rods.

The heart of the matter is that there are so many items that can impact the cost that asking “what’s the cost of shutters?” may be doing you a disservice by hiding the full picture.

Plantation Shutters Offer Advantages Worth The Investment

Compared to different window treatments available in Austin, it’s a fact that plantation shutters may require you to budget a little more. Though if you consider the numerous advantages that only plantation shutters offer, the investment is incredibly attractive.

Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer top-notch energy efficiency and insulating properties. Polywood shutters in particular can block up to half of the heat transfer from your windows, while other window coverings can’t even come near that degree of insulation. That results in money saved on your home utility bills over time.

Resilience - What would you say is the typical lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? Two years, perhaps longer, if you’re fortunate. Every time you need to replace one of those cheap window treatments is extra money shelled out from your wallet and more time taken from you schedule. When you purchase plantation shutters, you can be sure that you’re installing a window covering that will last a lifetime. We guarantee it.

Home Value - Homebuyers are smart people, and they know the perks of plantation shutters. So, just like beautiful hardwood floors or sparkling new appliances, plantation shutters can increase home resale value.

Appearance - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look great. No other window covering can compare to classic aesthetic or the unique look and crisp elegance as shutters.

Let's Talk

If you’re looking to take all the benefits of shutters home with you, Sunburst Shutters Austin is ready to help. Our trained professionals will come to your home, show you all your options and give you an accurate estimate for your project that takes all your needs into account.

To begin, set up a free window design consultation by calling 512-549-6077 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the perfect solution for both your budget and your home.