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Should You Buy New Windows or Plantation Shutters to Winterize Your Home in Kingsport?

October 30, 2017

With cold weather on the horizon in Kingsport, lots of homeowners are already thinking about winterizing their homes. Other than putting some hefty storm windows back in or tacking on flimsy plastic film to your windows, a few of the most effective ways to control your home temperature are to put in brand-new windows, or to put in insulating interior shutters.

Kingsport foyer with glass doors and indoor shutters

But what’s better, replacing your windows or putting in better window treatments – especially when you need to winterize? Let’s find out.

The Cost of Window Replacements vs. Putting in Shutters

Prior to speaking with a window installer in Kingsport, a lot of homeowners undervalue the price tag of glass doors and windows. For a standard TN house, putting in new glass (in the neighborhood of 8 windows and 2 doors), may cost as much as 30 grand off the bat. That’s almost the down payment for a brand-new house! Obviously, newer windows can increase the resell value of your house, but it’s still a steep cost.

Conversely, installing indoor shutters on windows and glass doors will cost a fraction of the price – usually around a quarter of the price you’d pay to put in brand-new windows. And if increasing your home’s market value is a priority, high-quality indoor shutters are more noticeable than new-ish windows when you’re ready to sell and show it off.

Are New Windows or Interior Shutters Better Insulators?

Your windows need to offer good temperature control, especially when the weather gets cold. But how do even the heaviest windows compare with window coverings made to be effective insulators? Even if you upgrade to three-pane windows, the highest r-value new windows can offer is between 2.0 and 3.0. While significant, that insulation has nothing on the insulating features of Polywood® faux wood shutters, which third party studies have concluded to reach an r-value of nearly 6.0 in a standard pane window.

Lead Time & Installation of Window Replacements vs. Interior Shutters

Bear in mind that the days are dwindling to finalize your winterization projects before it starts to get cold in Kingsport. The lead time for installing new doors and windows can sometimes be be as much as 10 weeks. By that point, you might as well not bother and just crank the thermostat. Shutters, conversely, are much quicker to get installed, with a lead time generally never exceeding 4 weeks, and is usually even shorter.

The lead time for replacing doors or windows can sometimes be extended by even a few more weeks if you need approval from your HOA. If your contractors have to do any work to your walls or ceiling, the job could also require permits from your county or city.

Kingsport shutter installation 

On that note, removing windows and installing new ones can cause a huge mess. If work needs to be done on your window frame, expect a lot of dust and debris on all your furniture. A shutter install job by comparison is a precise, clean job, and will be done in a fraction of the time.

Warranties: New Windows vs. Shutters

Almost every established remodeler or contractor will offer a warranty, which on average will be around 10-20 years. That may sound fantastic, but when you think about what that warranty covers and doesn’t cover, a decade or two is actually pretty short. Conversely, Polywood indoor shutters come with a Lifetime Warranty, protecting the material, install, and color of the product.

To sum it all up, the differences between winterizing your home with new windows or with insulating shutters are fairly stark:

Product Window Replacements Installing Shutters
Cost More than $30,000 for the whole house.  Typically under $5,000 for an average size home. 
 Warranty On average 20 years. Lifetime warranty
Lead time 10 weeks 4 weeks
Length of installation Several hours, sometimes a few days to put in several windows, can result in heavy dust or debris. Majority of jobs are completed within just a couple of hours, without any debris or dust.
Red tape You may need to get homeowners association approvals, municipal remodeling approvals. None!
 Temperature Control  You may need to upgrade to more expensive windows to get an equal level of energy efficiency. Usual r-value of 2.0-3.0. Blocks up to half of all energy loss from your windows. Polywood offers r-value of 6.0. 
If you’re ready to make the decision on how you want to winterize your space, call Sunburst Shutters Kingsport today at 276-685-5343 and we’ll give you a free in-home window design consultation.
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