Window shutters have been used for centuries and are one of the best ways to help obscure sunlight and cool your home in the summer.
Due to their practical nature, they’re often assumed to be expensive and this may lead you to wonder how much do they cost.
You could be missing out on a stylish, functional window dressing that isn’t nearly as expensive as you may assume.
Are Shutters Expensive?
It’s long been assumed that shutters are more expensive than curtains or drapes however this isn’t definitely the case as shutters are getting more and more affordable and cost-efficient.
There are several factors to consider when thinking about their cost. If you buy shutters you won’t have to pay ongoing maintenance fees, like you would with dry cleaning curtains.
They’re long-lasting, quality, and are also they’re great at reducing your utility bill in colder months as they are excellent at preventing heat loss.
How much do shutters cost?
Wooden shutters are custom made so there are a lot of factors when determining the cost, from size to what material you prefer.
The best way to find out how much it’ll cost for you is to book an appointment and get a quote.
If you’re worried about the cost there are a variety of financing options available to you, or discounts.
Are there any hidden costs?
Whether you’re buying a clock that needs batteries or a car that needs petrol there are usually hidden costs lurking around the corner.
Shutters are no different as you’ll need to have them installed. At some retailers, you’ll have to arrange a separate installer however at Universal Shutters one of our experienced carpenters are available for you.
How Long do I have to wait?
One downside to quality custom craftsmanship is the wait time, window shutters are no different. At Universal Shutters, they can be fitted in as soon as 7 weeks.
Why does it take so long? Because unlike curtains that can be picked and up in a day. It takes time to perfect a shutter and make it exquisite for you, while a curtain can go in and out of style overnight.
If you’re a DIY genius then you could do it yourself but it’s a very tricky process and you’re likely to incur additional prices during the installation, while likely not getting the same quality finish that you could by using professionals.
The Right shutter
As with any marriage choosing the right one (shutter) can be difficult because it has to fit your needs. When considering what shutter to buy you have to think about what you like and how your home is designed.
There are a variety of shutters available to you and your specific wants and needs.
Full Height Shutters
Full height shutters are the most popular design of window shutters, they cover the whole window frame and are easy to open and shut. However, while they may look great you have to consider if they’re ideal for you.
As they cover the whole window they’re great at blocking light and offering maximum privacy.
They’re the easiest shutters to install, which means less hassle for you if you’re a busy person. If you’re in the market for shutters for doors then they’re ideal as they work with them as well.
They’re pretty inflexible when it comes to light control and tier to tier shutters are definitely better at that.
Also if you want to have maximum light and privacy at the same time these aren’t optimal and I’d recommend either cafe style or tier-on-tier shutters.
Tier on Tier Shutters
Tier-on-Tier shutters are fully framed window shutters that allow you to open or close the top or bottom half on their own.
They allow you to maximise privacy and light at the same time by opening the top shutter, allowing the light in, while keeping the lower-tier shut, keeping away those noisy neighbours.
They insulate against extreme temperature and work well around obstructions as you can open the shutter without moving around objects.
There are also aesthetic advantages as when shut they look wonderful from the outside, presenting a beautifully rustic appeal.
If your windows are too small tier to tier shutters may be too overpowering for your room and limit the light intake as opposed to other window shutters.
If your window frame is too big it may also be an issue as they may be harder to install perfectly as there are many moving parts.
Cafe Style shutters cover the lower half of your window and can cover anywhere from 1/3 to 2/3’s of the window frame.
There are many reasons why you should get Cafe Style Shutters such as unobstructed light entrance from over the shutters, customizable height, and their ability to bring elegance into your home.
Not to mention their cheaper price in comparison to other wooden shutter designs, such as Full Height shutters or Tier to Tier.
Unlike other wooden shutter styles, Cafe Style shutters don’t allow you to control how much privacy or light you want.
They’re also less sturdy than fully framed shutters.
Bay Window Shutters
If your home is fortunate enough to have a bay window you’ll know that such luxury comes at a price, which is usually your privacy, which is a problem that can be solved with bay window shutters.
Bay window shutters are ideal for their look, versatility, and their efficient space usage in comparison to the curtains. Bay window shutters also give you the power to control how much light you want to enter your room and help ensure it is well ventilated.
The biggest negative with bay window shutters is that due to their size there will be more insulation issues. Also fitting them is a bit tricky due to potential gaps due to their shape which could let in a draught.
This means if you want to DIY the shutter then bay window shutters may not be for you.
Are they worth it?
So now you know what sort of shutter you want and the cost, but is it worth the hassle to get?
Curtains are easier on average to install and they cost less but there are a lot of reasons why you should 100% buy a window shutter instead.
Did you know that The Times said that shutters are Britain’s window dressing of choice and are the fastest-growing?
There are plenty of reasons for that as in recent years shutters have come back into fashion due to their practicality and the fact that they’re now being made out of a variety of materials which provide different advantages.
The old saying ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ still rings true today, and nobody wants their castle to be intruded on either by noisy neighbours or peeping toms.
Shutters in the UK are used all the time to protect privacy. They do this by being easy to open while obscuring sight, unlike curtains or blinds which need to be moved to allow in light, meaning people can see into your home.
Add value to your home
Standard window shutters aren’t just low maintenance. They in fact can add value to your house price by increasing its kerb appeal by making the house stand out with its fabulous window shutters.
There are other cost-sensitive benefits such as saving you money on insulation due to their great ability at keeping the heat in when you need it.
When your windows have curtains it’s like you have a light switch, you either have all the light or none of it. Shutters are more like a dimmer switch as they let you control exactly how much light you want.
This can be useful in all sorts of scenarios and you can open it more as the day goes on to avoid direct sunlight beaming into your eyes.
A shutter for all seasons
Whether it’s hot or cold plantation shutters can be ideal for your home as they have different uses and advantages in different seasons.
In autumn and winter shutters prevent heat loss and can help keep your home warm without having to spend extra on your heating bill.
In spring and summer, they allow you to control exactly how much air and light you want into your house.
Window shutters are durable
Plantation shutters are made to last so after their installation you won’t have to spend additional costs to fix/upkeep them instead they’ll be lasting for years to come.
The use of quality materials such as hardwood, solid, or any number of wood styles ensures this. As does the installation when done by a craftsman who is trained to perfect the install, which is something to keep in mind if you’re set on DIY work.
They’re also easy to clean due to their material and you won’t need to pay additional money to have them professionally cleaned, which makes them even more affordable.
Shutters are cost-efficient and useful.
Throughout this article, we’ve shown you pictures of some of Universal Shutters recent installations alongside the prices. These are example guide prices for you so you know what a similar window shutter might cost.
Shutter Styles Determine Cost
Solid shutters are definitely a good cost-sensitive option. Of course, you have to keep in mind the installation and shutter cost per square metre but when you consider that this is done at some retailers, like Universal Shutters, by a shutter specialist, it’s fair to say that it’s cost-efficient.
Of course, you have to know what sort of shutter you prefer, and what would suit your home the best. If you have a bay window then bay window shutters are perfect.
However, it’s important to keep your specifications in mind when shopping for shutters as shutters come in a range of materials and prices will change depending on the material you prefer.
Shutters in the UK offer a range of practical advantages such as aesthetically improving the look of your home from the interior and exterior. They’re also great for your sense of privacy and for controlling the ambience of your rooms.
When considering the shutters’ cost it’s also important to keep in mind that they can help save you money and add to the kerb appeal of your home if you’re looking to increase your house prices.
So if you’re in the market for window dressing don’t allow the insincere rumour that shutters cost far more than the price of curtains to keep you from contacting your local plantation shutter provider and getting a quote.