Breaking Down Plantation Shutter Costs in San Antonio11/21/2016Tyler Jorgensen There’s a lot of reasons why San Antonio homeowners install plantation shutters. Their gorgeous looks, peerless energy efficiency, and effective light control are all among the perks of picking shutters as a window treatment. But when you’re planning a home improvement project, you want to keep final costs in mind. “What do shutters cost?” is one of the questions we field often during a consultation.Because each San Antonio home is individual and there are so many shutter options to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to generate a solid answer to that question if a project isn’t fully appraised, and if awindow treatment company gives a direct price without asking about your specific needs and wants, you may not get the right product.If you’re aware of the factors that may impact the cost of your shutter project, you can get a ballpark estimate of your project cost. Let’s examine them.What Can Impact Plantation Shutter Costs?Because all of our plantation shutters are custom-built for the windows in your house, the cost will differ based on your specific needs. These are a few variables that can affect the price of your shutters.The Material Your Shutters Are Made FromOur four varieties of plantation shutters are all made from separate materials. Polywood® plantation shutters and Sunburst’s new Studio™ shutters are constructed from a faux-wood polymer, Ovation® wood shutters are made from natural hardwood, and Reclaimed Wood shutters are constructed from converted lumber.Of these, Studio shutters are usually the most cost-effective, because the shutters are designed especially to be the best fusion of value and comfort. Polywood plantation shutters are another budget-friendly choice, since they’re 100% made in America, removing costs from harvesting and transporting natural lumber.The Measurements of Your WindowsGenerally, plantation shutters are priced on a square-footage basis, so it follows that bigger window shutters will carry a higher price tag than those on small windows. Knowing the general dimensions of your windows can help you generate an initial estimate, but don’t concern yourself too much with measuring–our crew will get a precise measurement for you during your free in-home consultation. Uniquely-shaped or specialty windows might also add to the price relative to standard square or rectangular windows, since they take extra time and work to fit the exact specifications and angles of your window. Specialty windows might also require extra installation work based on your pre-existing window frame.There exist a number of other factors that might affect your shutter price: frame style, your preferred finish, or extra options like hidden tilt rods. The heart of the matter is that there are so many variables that can influence the total that asking “what’s the cost of shutters?” may be doing you an injustice by hiding the full picture.Plantation Shutters - Benefits Worth The InvestmentWhen put side by side with some other window treatments available in San Antonio, it’s true that plantation shutters might require you to budget a little more. But when you consider the numerous benefits that only plantation shutters offer, the investment becomes remarkably reasonable.Energy Efficiency - Only plantation shutters offer top-notch insulation and energy efficiency. Polywood shutters in particular can block nearly half of all heat movement through your windows, while other window treatments can’t even approximate that degree of protection. That means cash saved on your home HVAC bills throughout the year.Resilience - What would you say is the typical lifespan of a drapery or a set of blinds? A few years, maybe more, if you’re fortunate. Every time you have to replace a cheap window treatment is extra money out of your pocket and more time taken from your weekend. But when you purchase plantation shutters, you know that you’re installing a window treatment that can last a lifetime. We can even guarantee it.Home Value - Homebuyers are smart people, and they’re aware of the benefits of plantation shutters. So, just like brand-new appliances or gorgeous hardwood floors, plantation shutters can increase home resale value.Appearance - Perhaps more than any reason listed above, plantation shutters are so popular because they just look fantastic. No other window covering offers the same ageless aesthetic or the distinct look and sleek elegance as shutters.Let's TalkIf you’re ready to bring these benefits home with you, Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is ready to help. Our design pros can 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 begin, schedule a free design consultation by calling 210-876-0377 or filling out the form below. Together we can find the perfect solution for both your home and your budget.