Estimating Plantation Shutter Costs in Fort Myers11/21/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker There are many reasons why Fort Myers homeowners install interior plantation shutters. Their gorgeous looks, unmatched energy efficiency, and discriminating light control are just some of the perks of picking shutters for your windows. But when you’re planning a home addition, you want to be aware of final costs. “How much do plantation shutters cost?” is one of the questions we usually hear during a conversation. Since each Fort Myers home is unique and there is such a variety of shutter options to choose from, there’s never a solid answer to that question unless the details of the project are fully appraised, and if a shutter company offers a direct quote without asking about your individual needs, you may not get the right product. If you know the variables that might affect the price of your shutter project, you can come to a good estimation of your final cost. Let’s examine some of them. What Can Affect Plantation Shutter Prices? Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-built for your windows, the price can differ depending on your unique needs. These are the major variables that can influence the cost of your shutters. The Shutter Material Our four categories of plantation shutters all comprise separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s brand-new Studio™ shutters are constructed from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are built from genuine hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are built from repurposed wood. Among these, Studio shutters are typically the most cost-effective, as they are designed specifically to be the best fusion of value and convenience. Polywood plantation shutters are another budget-friendly option, since they’re 100% American-made, eliminating costs of gathering and transporting natural material. The Dimensions of Your Windows Typically, 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 basic dimensions of your windows can help you come up with an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring as our project manager will get an exact measure for you during your complimentary home consultation. Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows can also add to the total cost compared to standard square or rectangular windows, since they take extra time and work to match the exact size and angles of your window. Specialty windows may also need extra work from the installer depending on your existing frame and wall. There are also a number of other factors that may influence your shutter price such as frame style, your preferred finish, or extra details like hidden tilt rods. The heart of the matter is that there is such a large number of qualities that can impact the total that asking “what do shutters cost?” may be doing yourself a disservice by not giving you the full picture. Plantation Shutters - Advantages Worth Investing In When put side by side with some other window treatments available in Fort Myers, it’s a fact that plantation shutters might require you to invest a little more. But when you think about the numerous advantages that only plantation shutters provide, the investment becomes remarkably reasonable. Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer top-notch energy efficiency and insulating properties. Polywood shutters on their own are able to block nearly half of the heat transfer from your windows, while other window coverings can’t even approximate that level of insulation. That means dollars saved on your home HVAC bills throughout the year. Lastingness - What would you say is the average lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A few years, perhaps longer, if you’re lucky. Every time you need to replace a cheap window treatment is extra money out of your pocket and more time taken from your weekend. When you go with plantation shutters, you know that you’re choosing a window treatment that will last a lifetime. We guarantee it. Home Value - Homebuyers do their research, and they’re aware of the value of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like stunning new appliances or gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters can enhance home resale value. Looks - Maybe more than any other reason, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look fantastic. No other window covering can compare to ageless aesthetic or the unique look and sleek elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re ready to incorporate shutters and all their benefits into your home, Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers can help. Our design pros can visit you at your home, show you all your choices and offer an accurate estimate of the job that incorporates all of your needs. To start, set up a free design consultation by calling 239-208-6577 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the right solution for both your budget and your home.