Approximating Plantation Shutter Costs in Boston11/21/2016Holly Perron There are many reasons that Boston 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 improvement project, you might want to be aware of final costs. “How much do plantation shutters cost?” is one of the questions we field often during a consult. Since each Boston home is individual and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to generate a definite answer to that question if a project isn’t fully assessed, and if a shutter company tells you an upfront price without inquiring about your individual needs, you might 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 estimation of your final cost. Let’s examine some of them. What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Costs? Because all of our plantation shutters are custom-made for your windows, the price can fluctuate according to your home’s specific needs. These are a few details that can affect the cost of your shutters. The Material Your Shutters Are Made From Our four styles of plantation shutters all comprise different materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our brand-new Studio™ shutters are made from a faux-wood compound, Ovation® wood shutters are constructed from real hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from converted wood. Of our shutters, Studio shutters tend to be the most cost-effective, since they are designed especially to be the best fusion of value and comfort. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since Polywood is 100% made in the USA, erasing costs from amassing and shipping natural material. The Shape and Size of Your Windows Typically, plantation shutters are priced based on square-footage, so naturally larger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than shutters for smaller windows. Knowing the general height and length of your windows might let you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring as our team will get an exact measure for you during your complimentary home consultation. Windows with unique shapes might also add to the total cost relative to standard rectangular or square windows, because they take extra time and work to match the exact size and angles of the window. Specialty windows may also require added installation work depending on the quality of your existing frame and wall. There are also a couple of other factors that can impact your shutter price: frame style, the shutter finish you want, or extra details like hidden tilt rods. The point is that there is such a large number of qualities that can influence the cost that asking “what do shutters cost?” may be doing you a disservice by not giving you the full picture. Plantation Shutters - Advantages Worth Investing In When put side by side with different window treatments you can get in Boston, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to budget a little more. Though if you bear in mind the numerous advantages that only plantation shutters offer, the investment becomes remarkably attractive. Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer top of the line insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters on their own can block up to half of the heat movement through your windows, where other window treatments can’t even approach that degree of insulation. That results in cash saved on your home HVAC bills throughout the year. Lastingness - What’s the typical lifespan of a set of blinds or shades? Two years, perhaps longer, if you’re extremely fortunate. Each time you replace one of those cheap window treatments is more money shelled out from your pocket and extra time taken from you schedule. But when you install plantation shutters, you know that you’re putting in a window treatment that can last a lifetime. We guarantee it. Home Value - Homebuyers are smart people, and they know the benefits of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like brand-new appliances or beautiful tile floors, plantation shutters can enhance home resale value. Looks - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are chosen because they just look great. No other window covering offers the same timeless aesthetic or the unique look and sleek elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re ready to bring these benefits home with you, Sunburst Shutters Boston can help. Our window experts will come to your home, show you all your choices and give you an accurate estimate for your project that satisfies all of your wants and needs. To get started, set up a free in-home consultation by calling 781-352-2205 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the perfect solution for both your home and your budget.