Finding Plantation Shutter Costs in Chicago11/21/2016Richard Rampton There are many reasons why Chicago homeowners install interior plantation shutters. Their classic looks, peerless energy efficiency, and effective light control are just some of the perks of choosing 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 individual 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 awindow treatment company gives an upfront quote without inquiring about your specific needs and wants, you might not get the right product.If you’re aware of the factors that may affect the cost of your shutter project, you can get a decent 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 depending on your home’s specific needs. These are a few variables that can influence the cost of your shutters.The Shutter MaterialOur four types of plantation shutters are all made from separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s new Studio™ shutters are built from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are made from genuine hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from recycled wood.Of these, Studio shutters are typically the most cost-effective, as they are designed specifically to be the best combination of value and performance. Polywood plantation shutters are also budget-friendly, since Polywood is 100% made in the USA, erasing costs associated with harvesting and shipping natural material.The Dimensions of Your WindowsTypically, plantation shutters are priced based on square-footage, so naturally larger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than shutters for smaller windows. Knowing the basic height and length 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 a precise measurement for you during your free in-home consultation. Specialty or uniquely-shaped windows might also add to the cost compared to typical rectangular or square windows, since they take more time and work to fit the exact specifications and angles of your window. Specialty windows may also need 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 qualities that can drive the total that asking “what’s the cost of shutters?” may be doing you a disservice by not giving you the full picture.Plantation Shutters Offer Perks Worth The InvestmentRelative to different window coverings homeowners can choose in Chicago, it’s a fact that plantation shutters may require you to invest a little more. But when you think about 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 best in class energy efficiency and insulating properties. Polywood shutters in particular 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 cash saved on your home heating and A/C bills throughout the year.Longevity - What’s the typical lifespan of a set of blinds or shades? A few years, maybe longer, if you’re lucky. Every time you have to replace one of those cheap window treatments is extra money shelled out from your wallet and extra time taken out of your life. When you install plantation shutters, you can be sure that you’re choosing a window treatment that will last a lifetime. We can even guarantee it.Home Value - Homebuyers do their research, and they know the perks of plantation shutters. So, just like brand-new appliances or beautiful hardwood floors, plantation shutters can increase home resale value.Appearance - Maybe more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are chosen because they just look fantastic. No other window treatment can compare to timeless aesthetic or the distinct look and sleek elegance as shutters.Let's TalkIf you’re ready to incorporate shutters and all their benefits into your home, Sunburst Shutters Chicago wants to help. Our window experts will visit you at your home, explain all your choices and give you an accurate estimate of the job that takes all your needs into account.To get started, schedule a free window design consultation by calling 847-250-6544 or filling out the form below. Let’s find the best solution for both your budget and your home.