Plantation shutters are stunning to look at and excellent at keeping out drafts. However, they tend to cost more than most other window treatments, leaving many homeowners with a difficult decision. Are plantation shutters worth the cost, or would you be better off buying curtains or blinds for your windows?
Plantation Shutters Cost Per Square Metre
The average cost of plantation shutters varies depending on the style and the materials from which they are made. Generally speaking, they are somewhere in the region of £200 to £400 per square metre, with an installation charge on top of this.
Epoxy-coated and vinyl plantation shutters tend to lie at the lower end of the spectrum, while hardwood window shutters and those with specialist finishes usually cost more.
So… Are Plantation Shutters Worth the Cost?
Provided you get your plantation shutters from a specialist, they are well worth the initial cost. They can last for up to 20 years, or 10 times longer than many blinds and curtains, so you won’t need to keep replacing them.
In addition, the insulating properties of plantation shutters far outweigh those of other window treatments. They’ll keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, and can even save you money on your heating bills.
According to research by Dr Paul Baker at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Centre for Research on Indoor Climate and Health, timber window shutters can reduce heat loss by 51 per cent – nearly as much as double glazing. When combined with secondary glazing, this figure rises to 75 per cent.
And while plantation shutters can be made to complement any home, double glazing cannot. UPVC windows can look out of place, especially in historical buildings, whereas shutters come in a range of different styles to suit traditional and contemporary homes alike.
It is worth noting that window shutters need to be fitted correctly in order to make the most of their aesthetic and practical properties.
All of Shutter Design’s plantation shutters are made to measure, ensuring a perfect fit and finish for your home. This in turn ensures optimal heat retention, and gives you the satisfaction of knowing that the finished product is uniquely yours.
So the answer to my original question, ‘are plantation shutters worth the cost?’, is emphatically yes. Just make sure you choose a skilled craftsman to construct and fit them, and you will be able to enjoy their aesthetic and practical benefits for many years.