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Breaking Down Plantation Shutter Costs in Washington DC

November 21, 2016

There’s a lot of reasons that Washington DC homeowners choose interior plantation shutters. Their gorgeous looks, best in class energy efficiency, and effective light control are all benefits of going with shutters for your windows. But if you’re planning a home remodel project, you want to be aware of final costs. “What do shutters cost?” is one of the questions we field often during a consult.

Since each Washington DC home is unique and there are so many shutter options to choose from, there’s never a concrete answer to that question before the project is fully assessed, and if a shutter company gives a direct price without asking about your individual needs and wants, you might not be getting what you want.

If you know the variables that might affect the cost of your shutter project, you can come to a decent estimate of your final cost. Let’s examine some of them.

What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Costs?

Because all of our plantation shutters are customized for the windows in your home, the cost will vary based on your home’s specific needs. Here are some of the variables that can affect the cost of your shutters.

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The Material Of Your Plantation Shutters

Our four styles of plantation shutters all comprise separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our new Studio™ shutters are made from a faux-wood compound, Ovation® wood shutters are made from genuine hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from repurposed lumber.

Of our shutters, Studio shutters tend to be the most budget-friendly, as they are designed especially to be the best combination of value and comfort. Polywood plantation shutters are another cost-effective option, since they’re 100% American-made, erasing costs from amassing and transporting natural lumber.

The Size & Shape of Your Windows

In general, plantation shutters are priced based on square-footage, so naturally bigger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than those on small windows. Knowing the general dimensions of your windows may help you create an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring as our team will get a precise measure for you during your free window design consultation.

Washington DC rounded and square prices differ. 
Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows may also add to the cost compared to typical rectangular or square windows, due to those windows taking more time and work to fit the exact size and angles of the window. Specialty windows might also require added installation work depending on the quality of your pre-existing window frame.

There are also a couple of other variables that may impact your shutter price: frame style, your preferred finish, or extra details like hidden tilt rods.

The lesson here is that there is such a large number of variables that can affect the cost that asking “what’s the price of shutters?” may be doing yourself a disservice by obscuring the whole picture.

Plantation Shutters Offer Perks Worth Investing In

When compared to some other window treatments you can get in Washington DC, it’s a fact that plantation shutters may require you to budget a little more. Though if you think about the numerous perks that only plantation shutters offer, the investment becomes remarkably reasonable.

Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer top of the line energy efficiency and insulating properties. Polywood shutters on their own can block up to half of all heat transfer from your windows, whereas other window treatments can’t even come near that degree of protection. That means money saved on your home HVAC bills throughout the year.

Longevity - What would you say is the typical lifespan for shades or blinds? A few years, perhaps more, if you’re extremely fortunate. Every time you replace a cheap window treatment is extra money shelled out from your pocket and more time taken out of your life. But when you purchase plantation shutters on your windows, you know that you’re installing a window covering that will last a lifetime. We even guarantee it.

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

Appearance - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look fantastic. No other window covering offers the same classic aesthetic or the unique look and sleek elegance as shutters.

Let's Talk

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

To begin, schedule a free window design consultation by calling 240-339-2588 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the right solution for both your home and your budget.