Estimating Plantation Shutter Costs in Kingsport11/21/2016Jacob Hayes There are several reasons that Kingsport homeowners install plantation shutters. Their classic looks, best in class 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 improvement project, you might want to keep final costs in mind. “What do shutters cost?” is a question we field often during a consultation. Because every Kingsport home is unique and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s difficult to give a definite answer to that question if a project isn’t fully assessed, and if awindow treatment company offers a direct quote without inquiring 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 estimation of your final cost. Let’s take a look at those variables. What Affects Plantation Shutter Costs? Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your house, the cost can fluctuate according to your home’s specific needs. Here are the major variables that can influence the price of your shutters. The Shutter Material Our four styles of plantation shutters all comprise separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our newly launched Studio™ shutters are constructed from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are constructed from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from converted lumber. Among these, Studio shutters tend to be the most cost-effective, because the shutters are designed specifically to be the best marriage of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are another budget-friendly choice, since they’re 100% American-made, erasing costs from amassing and shipping natural material. The Measurements of Your Windows Typically, plantation shutters are priced according to their square-footage, so it follows that bigger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than shutters for smaller windows. Knowing the basic measurements of your windows may help you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring as our crew will get an exact measure for you during your free window design consultation. Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows can also add to the total cost compared to standard square or rectangular windows, due to those windows taking more time and work to match the exact size and unique geometry of the window. Specialty windows might also require added work from the installer based on your pre-existing window frame. There exist a couple of other factors that may impact your shutter cost such as frame style, your preferred finish, or additional details like hidden tilt rods. The lesson here is that there is such a large number of factors that can influence the cost that asking “what’s the price of shutters?” may be doing yourself an injustice by obscuring the whole picture. Plantation Shutters - Perks Worth The Investment When put side by side with different window coverings you can get in Kingsport, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to budget a little more. Though if you think about 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 of the line insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters on their own can block up to half of all heat transfer from your windows, where other window coverings can’t even approach that level of protection. That results in money saved on your home HVAC bills throughout the year. Resilience - What would you say is the average lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A few years, maybe longer, if you’re extremely fortunate. Every time you need to replace a cheap window treatment is extra money shelled out from your wallet and more time taken out of your life. But when you install plantation shutters, you can be sure that you’re putting in a window covering that will last a lifetime. We even guarantee it. Home Value - The typical homebuyer does a lot of research, and they know the benefits of plantation shutters. So, just like natural hardwood floors or brand-new appliances, plantation shutters can boost home resale value. Appearance - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, people choose shutters because they just look fantastic. No other window treatment offers the same timeless aesthetic or the distinct look and simple elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re ready to bring these benefits home with you, Sunburst Shutters Kingsport is here to help. Our trained professionals can come to your home, explain all your options and offer an accurate estimate of the job that satisfies all of your wants and needs. To start, set up a free design consultation by calling 276-685-5343 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the right solution for both your budget and your home.