When it comes to window coverings, homeowners have a number of options to choose from. From elaborate drapes to modern blinds, each can add a different style touch to a home.
Window coverings also provide valuable functionality. They control the light that comes into your home and, with that, can help control temperature by blocking out extreme heat or cold. They also give varying levels of privacy.
Plantation shutters can be an excellent choice for upgrading your home in Brisbane. But what do plantation shutters cost? Are they more expensive than other options? Let’s take a closer look at the factors that affect pricing and how you can decide whether to add plantation shutters to your house.
What are plantation shutters anyway?
Not to be confused with traditional shutters which are attached on the exterior of a home, plantation shutters are installed inside. Plantation shutters are attached to the window frame and are typically custom fit to each window.
Plantation shutters can be completely opened on a hinge similar to a folding door. While the material will vary, they’re made of a frame that includes tilted louvres, or slats, that you can adjust to let in more, less, or zero light.
Why you should add plantation shutters to your home
Plantation shutters are a popular choice because they handle privacy, light control, and thermal regulation to a high degree. Compared to light-filtering blinds or curtains, they can block out much more of the sun’s rays in summer, helping to keep your living spaces cooler and reduce your aircon bill. They can also help to insulate a bit more in the colder months
When it comes to privacy, fabric coverings can show varying degrees of detail and shadow when viewing a house from the outside, especially if you have your lights on. If you want complete privacy, plantation shutters can shield you from passersby with just a quick adjustment.
Plantation shutters are also aesthetically pleasing and can be ordered in colors or stains that match your existing décor. Neutral designs can add a timeless look to your home, giving you and even future homebuyers flexibility to design a space without changing out the shutters.
They also require little maintenance and can usually be dusted or wiped clean with a damp cloth. Since they’re fairly durable, you can expect them to last 10-20 years, and most come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Comparing plantation shutters cost to blinds and other coverings
Despite the many benefits, you might be concerned that plantation shutters cost too much compared to other window covering types.
In general plantation shutters do tend to be more expensive since they are more durable, last longer, and are made of more costly materials. Blinds are usually made of more flexible or soft materials, pushing down their price and their ability to endure prolonged use.
The cost of materials varies widely between plantation shutters and blinds. Just for materials, 600mm x 800mm window blinds can range in price from $40-250, depending on the material and color you choose. In comparison, plantation shutters cost $150-500, again with the price changing based on the material.
The main things that affect the cost of plantation shutters
By now we’ve already hinted at the fact that material comes into play when determining how much your plantation shutters, or any window covering for that matter, are going to cost you.
Of course, the number of windows will certainly affect the price. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key factors that affect plantation shutter costs, since what you choose can start to add up quickly.
#1 – Material
When it comes to material, you have near limitless options. Each has its own benefit and will vary in price. Since much of plantation shutters cost comes from the material itself, they are often priced out based on square metres. Here are a few popular options:
- PVC or Vinyl: Super low maintenance, easy to clean, moisture resistant
- Wood: Natural look and more eco-friendly
- Aluminum: Better for outdoor use, highly durable
- Composite: Looks like real wood for a fraction of the price
- Teak: Top of the line material at a top of the line price
#2 – Design
Most plantation shutters have a similar look with a solid frame and moveable louvers. However, depending on the brand, you can get plantation shutters that have more, or less, louvres.
Having fewer louvers that are wider in shape will help let in more light when you open them up. More louvers that are narrow in design can create more privacy but cost more due to the time and material used to make them.
Generally, all of the louvers on a single plantation shutter will move together in the same direction. This is called a single tier design. For a larger or taller window, you may want a double tier design that allows you to open or close two sections on the same shutter independently. That way, you can open the top portion to let in more sunlight while keeping the bottom portion closed for privacy.
#3 – Customisation
You can truly make plantation shutters your own to match any style or décor preference. However, these come with a hefty price tag. For example, expect to pay $400-500 more PER SHUTTER if you are going with a custom color.
If your window has a unique shape or bows out requiring different installation, you’ll need to add on average $200 per square metre to the price.
#4 – Installation
Everything that makes plantation shutters great – their size, durability, and opaqueness – go into making them more difficult to install. They are a more bulky product to manage and need to be installed correctly for them to remain long lasting.
Installation costs actually start to rack up before you even buy your shutters. Some providers charge to come out and measure your home for the project. This can start to add up fast, getting up to $300-400 per square metre…just to measure!
Check with your specific installer so you are 100% clear on what this is going to cost you. In general, plantation shutters can cost an extra $80 per m2 to install once they are in and ready for your home. Some providers charge based on how long they’re on the job, which can range between $90-125 per hour. And remember, this is on top of the price you paid for the actual shutters.
How much do plantation shutters cost?
So how much are you looking at spending? You’ll need to measure and decide how many shutters you need, how large, and how many square meters of material you’re looking at buying. Here is a table to help break down the average cost based on some of the more popular materials. Remember that these prices do not include installation fees or any add-ons.
|PVC or Vinyl
Whether to DIY install your plantation shutters or call in an expert
Plantation shutters are one of the easier DIY install projects homeowners can take on. That is, if you measure correctly.
You can find vendors or websites that let you enter in the measurements of your window and then order a kit. The kits usually come with the hinges already screwed in and some even include magnets.
However, it can definitely help to hire a professional installer for your plantation shutter project. They will be able to ensure that your new window coverings are measured accurately, avoiding mishaps with incorrect product. They will also ensure that installation is level and secure to reduce wear and tear over time.
Another benefit of going with an expert installer is their insurance and licensure. Make sure whoever you choose has liability insurance in case there is damage to your plantation shutters or your home during the installation process.
Plantation shutters are an investment in your home
While plantation shutter costs can add up fast, they can add value and design to your home at the same time. You can expect to spend, on average, between $150-500 per shutter and will have to factor in any extra installation fees when creating your budget.
Even if you have a bit of sticker shock now, don’t forget that plantation shutters are designed to last, so you won’t have a need for new window treatments for the next 10-20 years. This is especially true if you have them installed properly with the right hardware by a professional.
Accurate estimates are important when pricing out what plantation shutters cost. That’s why FKR Group offers fast, free quotes for plantation shutters in Brisbane with free measuring service. We put the focus on services and want you to be able to price out plantation shutters that reflect the size, materials, and aesthetics that you want for your home.
Call us on 0412 872 822 or complete our quote request form to get an estimate today!