How Much Does It Cost To Install Shutters?

Choosing the right kind of window dressing comes with a lot of advantages, from providing privacy to blocking harmful UV radiation. Although there are a variety of different types of window dressings available, it is hard to beat the appeal of interior plantation shutters. They are not only functional but also go a long way in improving the aesthetic appeal of your home's interior, which is especially advantageous if you are thinking of putting your home up for sale. 

According to Cindi Rogers, from Coldwell Banker (via Millennium Shutters,) plantation shutters can also increase the desirability and value of your home. While this may be true, it should be noted that installing such shutters doesn't come cheap, in fact, they are generally pricier to install than other options because of the work involved during the installation process. So, how much does the installation really cost? Here is a quick guide with regard to the two main types of plantation shutters.

Cost of installing wooden shutters

Although there are several reasons why you should consider installing wooden shutters, the most compelling one for most homeowners is their beauty. Let's face it, it is hard to beat the aesthetic appeal of natural wood, the color variations, natural grain, and sheen of wood are among the few major draws for this material. Aesthetics aside, wooden shutters are also stronger yet lighter compared to the other alternatives like polymer. 

When it comes to the installation cost, wooden shutters are generally more expensive. On average, the cost of installing this type of window dressing ranges from $200 to $350 per window, reports Home Advisor. Faux wood shutters are not quite as expensive as real wood but come with many of the perks. The installation cost for this type of shutter ranges from $150 to $180 a pair, making them a great option for anyone who loves the real wood appearance but has a limited budget.

Installing polymer shutters

Polymer, also referred to as Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), has found use in different places including as a window dressing. While it might not have the beauty of natural wood, it compensates for this with toughness, durability, and lack of maintenance required. According to Louver Shop, polymer shutters are built differently, so you want to go for the dense variations that will not lose their shape over time. When it comes to the installation cost, this alternative is much cheaper than the wooden options. 

The average cost of polymer plantation shutters ranges from $100 to $300, per Home Advisor. Similar to other installation projects, what you will end up paying might be more depending on other factors like your window size. Polymer shutters can be a good alternative to wooden options, especially, in regions with more humidity, as they won't absorb any moisture. They are also recommended for use in rooms that get strong sunlight due to their resistance to UV rays.