Estimating Plantation Shutter Costs in Phoenix11/21/2016Greg Arnett There are several reasons that Phoenix homeowners install interior plantation shutters. Their classic looks, unmatched energy efficiency, and discriminating light control are all perks of choosing shutters for your windows. But when you’re planning a home design project, you want to be aware of final costs. “What’s the price of shutters?” is a question we field often during a consult. Because every Phoenix home is one of a kind 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 awindow treatment company gives a direct quote without inquiring about your individual needs and wants, you may not end up with what you were looking for. If you’re aware of the variables that can impact the cost of your shutter project, you can come up with a ballpark estimate of your final cost. Let’s examine them. What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Costs? Because all of our plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your home, the cost will differ depending on your individual needs. Below are some of the factors that can affect the price of your shutters. The Material Your Shutters Are Made From 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 built from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from recycled wood. Of our shutters, Studio shutters are typically the most budget-friendly, since the shutters are designed especially to be the best marriage of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are another cost-effective choice, since they’re 100% American-made, eliminating costs of gathering and transporting natural material. The Size & Shape of Your Windows In general, plantation shutters are priced based on square-footage, so that larger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than smaller window shutters. Knowing the basic dimensions of your windows may help 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 free in-home consultation. Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows might also add to the price compared to typical square or rectangular windows, because they take extra time and work to fit the exact dimensions and angles of your window. Specialty windows may also call for added installation work depending on your existing frame and wall. There are also a few other variables that may influence your shutter cost: 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 is such a large number of items that can drive the price that asking “what do shutters cost?” is doing yourself an injustice by not giving you the full picture. Plantation Shutters - Perks Worth Investing In When put side by side with different window coverings available in Phoenix, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to invest a little more. Though if you consider the numerous perks that only plantation shutters provide, the investment becomes remarkably attractive. Energy Efficiency - Plantation shutters are the only window treatment to offer top-notch insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters specifically are able to block up to half of the heat movement through your windows, whereas other window treatments can’t even approach that level of protection. That means dollars saved on your home heating and A/C bills throughout the year. Lastingness - What’s the typical lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A few years, perhaps longer, if you’re fortunate. Every time you need to replace one of those cheap window treatments is more money out of your pocket and extra time taken out of your life. But when you go with plantation shutters on your windows, you can be sure that you’re going with a window treatment that will last a lifetime. We even guarantee it. Home Value - The typical homebuyer does a lot of research, and they’re aware of the value of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like sparkling new appliances or gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters can enhance home resale value. Appearance - Maybe more than any other reason, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look great. No other window covering comes close to offering the same ageless aesthetic or the unique look and simple elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re wanting to take all the benefits of shutters home with you, Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is ready to help. Our design pros will visit you at your home, explain all your choices and come up with an accurate estimate for your project that satisfies all of your wants and needs. To get started, set up a free design consultation by calling 480-485-7743 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the best solution for both your home and your budget.