Estimating Plantation Shutter Costs in Boise11/21/2016Spencer Madsen There’s a lot of reasons that Boise homeowners choose interior plantation shutters. Their stunning 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 improvement project, you want to keep final costs in mind. “What do shutters cost?” is a question we field often during a conversation. Because every Boise home is unique and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s difficult to give a definite answer to that question unless the details of the project are fully appraised, and if a shutter company gives an upfront quote without knowing your individual needs, you may not end up with what you were looking for. If you’re aware of the factors that may have an effect on the price of your shutter project, you can come up with a good estimate of your project cost. Let’s take a look at those factors. What Impacts Plantation Shutter Prices? Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your house, the price can fluctuate based on your unique needs. These are a few details that can have an effect on the price of your shutters. The Shutter Material Our four types of plantation shutters are all made from different materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and our brand-new Studio™ shutters are made from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are constructed from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are made from converted wood. Among these, Studio shutters tend to be the most cost-effective, as the shutters are designed especially to be the best combination of value and comfort. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since Polywood is 100% made in America, removing costs from gathering and shipping natural hardwood materials. The Shape and Size of Your Windows In general, plantation shutters are priced according to their square-footage, so that bigger window shutters will have a higher price tag than those on small windows. Knowing the general measurements of your windows can help you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring–our project manager will get an exact measure for you during your free in-home consultation. Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows might also add to the cost relative to typical square or rectangular windows, due to those windows taking more time and work to match the exact specifications and angles of your window. Specialty windows might also call for extra work from the installer based on the quality of your pre-existing window frame. There are also a number of other variables that might affect your shutter price such as frame style, the shutter finish you want, or additional details like hidden tilt rods. The point is that there is such a large number of qualities that can affect the cost that asking “what’s the cost of shutters?” may be doing yourself a disservice by obscuring the whole picture. Plantation Shutters - Perks Worth The Investment When put side by side with different window coverings homeowners can choose in Boise, it’s true that plantation shutters may require you to invest a little more. But when you consider the numerous perks that only plantation shutters offer, the investment becomes remarkably attractive. Energy Efficiency - Plantation shutters are the only window treatment to offer best in class insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters specifically are able to block nearly half of all heat transfer from your windows, while other window treatments can’t even come near that degree of protection. That means cash saved on your home heating and A/C bills over time. Resilience - What’s the average lifespan of a set of blinds or shades? Two years, maybe more, if you’re extremely fortunate. Each time you have to replace one of those cheap window treatments is extra money out of your wallet and more time taken out of your life. When you choose plantation shutters, you can be sure that you’re choosing a window covering that will last a lifetime. We can even guarantee it. Home Value - Homebuyers are smart people, and they’re aware of the value of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like sparkling new appliances or gorgeous tile floors, plantation shutters can increase home resale value. Aesthetics - Maybe more than any other reason, people choose shutters because they just look fantastic. No other window covering can compare to timeless aesthetic or the unique look and simple elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re looking to incorporate shutters and all their benefits into your home, Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions wants to help. Our design pros can come to your home, explain all your choices and offer an accurate estimate for your project that takes all your needs into account. To begin, set up a free design consultation by calling 208-609-9129 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the right solution for both your budget and your home.