Shutters, shutters, shutters… We are hearing more and more about plantation shutters recently. There are many questions that we hear almost daily. Should I use Wood or Composite shutters to upgrade my home? Do I get trim with my shutters? Will shutters fit into my budget? Do I use them all over the house? Do I still need drapery with them? Are they a good insulator? Will they block my view?
Everyone has great questions about shutters. Let me answer just a few of these most commonly asked questions.
First of all, shutters are one of the only window coverings that will permanently stay in your home when you sell it. All other coverings can be easily removed including drapery. Wood or composite shutters are an upgrade to the home. These shutters are like putting fine furniture on your windows due to the trim moulding that is included in the pricing. There are many options of trim to select from based on the window type such as tilt in windows or standard double hung windows. The finished out trim is a large part of the beauty of the shutters.
Budgeting for shutters is an important part of most clients decision. Shutters are one of the only window coverings that are priced by the square foot. A typical rectangular window of 35″ x 72″ will price at approximately $350- $450+ depending on if you select wood or composite shutters, standard tilt or hidden tilt and the specific manufacturer. These a just to a few of the decisions that need to be made when selecting shutters.
If you want to use shutters in your entire home, the pricing will be based on the sizes and amount of windows that you have. Pricing for an entire home will range from $5,500 to $9,500+ if you have between 15-25 basic sized rectangular windows. Many people will use shutters on the front windows of their home or in specific area they would like to showcase.
Is that within your budget? Consider the following items in making your decision.
Shutters are a stand alone window covering. They do not need drapery or other treatments added to them. They are an excellent insulator and will save you money on your HVAC bills immediately after installation. Due to divided louvers, shutters are also a great way to direct light, open up your view with large louver sizes and keep that unwanted UV rays off your furniture, rugs and artwork. And finally, as mentioned previously, they are a beautiful upgrade to your home. Shutters are sure to set your home apart from others.
Consult a window covering specialist TODAY to discuss all the options you have with shutters.