Breaking Down Plantation Shutter Costs in Honolulu11/21/2016Darren Wong There are several reasons that Honolulu homeowners choose plantation shutters. Their stunning looks, best in class energy efficiency, and effective light control are all among the benefits of picking shutters for your windows. But if you’re planning a home design project, you should be aware of final costs. “What’s the price of shutters?” is one of the questions we get a lot during a conversation. Since each Honolulu home is one of a kind and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to generate a concrete answer to that question if a project isn’t fully appraised, and if a shutter company offers a direct price without knowing your specific needs, you may not end up with what you were looking for. If you know the variables that may have an effect on the price of your shutter project, you can get a decent estimate of your final cost. Let’s examine those variables. What Can Impact Plantation Shutter Costs? Since all Sunburst plantation shutters are custom-made for the windows in your house, the cost will differ depending on your home’s individual needs. These are a few details that can have an effect on the price of your shutters. The Shutter Material Our four varieties of plantation shutters are all composed of separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s newly launched Studio™ shutters are built from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are built from real hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are built from repurposed wood. Among our shutters, Studio shutters are usually the most cost-effective, because they are designed specifically to be the best marriage of value and comfort. Polywood plantation shutters are another budget-friendly option, since they’re 100% made in America, eliminating costs associated with gathering and transporting natural lumber. The Size & Shape of Your Windows For the most part, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so it follows that larger window shutters will come with a higher price tag than smaller window shutters. Knowing the basic height and length of your windows might help you create an initial estimate, but don’t worry too much about measuring as our project manager will get an exact measurement for you during your complimentary home consultation. Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows might also add to the cost compared to standard rectangular or square windows, since they take extra time and work to fit the exact specifications and unique geometry of your window. Specialty windows may also require extra installation work based on the quality of your pre-existing window frame. There are also a few other factors that can influence your shutter cost such as frame style, the finish, or extra details like hidden tilt rods. The point is that there is such a large number of factors that can drive the cost that asking “what do shutters cost?” is doing yourself a disservice by hiding the full picture. Plantation Shutters - Advantages Worth The Investment When put side by side with different window coverings you can get in Honolulu, it’s a fact that plantation shutters might require you to budget a little more. But when you bear in mind the numerous advantages that only plantation shutters provide, the investment becomes remarkably 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 can block nearly half of all heat transfer from your windows, where other window coverings can’t even approximate that degree of protection. That results in cash saved on your home HVAC bills over time. Longevity - What do you think is the typical lifespan for shades or blinds? A few years, maybe more, if you’re fortunate. Each time you have to replace one of those cheap window treatments is more money shelled out from your wallet and more time taken out of your life. When you install plantation shutters on your windows, you can be sure that you’re putting in a window covering that will last a lifetime. We can even guarantee it. Home Value - Homebuyers are smart people, and they know the benefits of plantation shutters. That’s why, just like brand-new appliances or gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters can increase home resale value. Aesthetics - Maybe more than any other reason, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look fantastic. No other window covering offers the same classic aesthetic or the distinct look and sleek elegance as shutters. Let's Talk If you’re ready to add these benefits to your home, Sunburst Shutters Honolulu wants to help. Our window experts can come to your home, explain all your choices and give you an accurate estimate of the job that satisfies all of your wants and needs. To start, set up a free in-home consultation by calling 808-797-2004 or filling out the form below. Let us help you find the best solution for both your home and your budget.