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Approximating Plantation Shutter Costs in Chicago

November 21, 2016

There’s a lot of reasons why Chicago homeowners install interior plantation shutters. Their classy looks, best in class energy efficiency, and effective light control are all among the perks of going with shutters for your windows. But if you’re planning a home remodel project, you may want to keep final costs in mind. “What do shutters cost?” is a question we get a lot during a consultation.

Because every Chicago home is unique and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s difficult to give a concrete answer to that question if a project isn’t fully assessed, and if a window treatment company gives an upfront quote without asking about your specific needs and wants, you might not end up with what you were looking for.

If you’re aware of the factors that may affect the cost of your shutter project, you can get a good estimate of your shutter cost. Let’s examine them.

What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Costs?

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

Natural wood shutters in Chicago living room.

The Shutter Material

Our four types of plantation shutters are all made from separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s new Studio™ shutters are made from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are made from real hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from converted wood.

Of our shutters, Studio shutters are typically the most cost-effective, as they are designed specifically to be the best marriage of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since Polywood is 100% made in the USA, eliminating costs of harvesting and shipping natural material.

The Dimensions of Your Windows

For the most part, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so naturally larger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than smaller window shutters. Knowing the general measurements of your windows can let you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t concern yourself too much with measuring as our team will get an exact measurement for you during your free in-home consultation.

Chicago arched and square costs differ. 
Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows might also add to the price compared to typical rectangular or square windows, since they take more time and work to fit the exact size and angles of your window. Specialty windows may also call for added installation work depending on your pre-existing frame and wall.

There are also a number of other variables that might influence your shutter price such as frame style, the shutter finish you want, or extra details like hidden tilt rods.

The heart of the matter is that there is such a large number of factors that can drive the price that asking “what’s the price of shutters?” may be doing you a disservice by not giving you the full picture.

Plantation Shutters Offer Perks Worth The Investment

Relative to different window coverings you can get in Chicago, it’s a fact that plantation shutters may require you to invest a little more. But when you bear in mind the numerous perks that only plantation shutters can give you, the investment is incredibly attractive.

Energy Efficiency - Plantation shutters are the only window treatment to offer top of the line energy efficiency and insulating properties. Polywood shutters on their own are able to block nearly half of the heat transfer from your windows, where other window coverings can’t even come near that degree of insulation. That means money saved on your home utility bills throughout the year.

Longevity - What’s the typical lifespan for shades or blinds? A few years, maybe longer, if you’re lucky. Every time you need to replace one of those cheap window treatments is extra money shelled out from your wallet and extra time taken from you schedule. When you install plantation shutters, you can be sure that you’re choosing a window treatment that can last a lifetime. We can even guarantee it.

Home Value - The typical homebuyer does a lot of research, and they know the perks of plantation shutters. So, just like beautiful tile floors or brand-new appliances, plantation shutters can increase home resale value.

Appearance - Maybe more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are chosen because they just look great. No other window treatment can compare to timeless aesthetic or the unique look and sleek elegance as shutters.

Let's Talk

If you’re looking to incorporate shutters and all their benefits into your home, Sunburst Shutters Chicago can help. Our window experts will visit you at your home, explain all your choices and give you an accurate estimate of the job that incorporates all of your needs.

To get started, schedule a free window design consultation by calling 847-250-6544 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the perfect solution for both your budget and your home.