How much do shutters cost?

Juliet Russell

BY Juliet Russell

Published: 19 June 2022 Updated: 17 August 2022

There's no denying the benefits that shutters bring both practically and in terms of style. But what kind of financial outlay is involved? Read on to learn more.

Why does the cost of shutters vary so much?

Why does the cost of shutters vary so much?

The cost of shutters is largely down to two different factors - what are the shutters made from, and what size are the windows that you need the shutters for. These factors need to be borne in mind but separately and collectively as both can alter the price. So lets take a deeper look at the variances that cause these changes.

What is the most expensive shutter made from?

What is the most expensive shutter made from?

Wood will always have the highest price tag, regardless of the style chosen. With wood shutters, both the frame and the louvres will be crafted from solid wood. Different types of wood can be used, our wood Burley shutters are made from different wood types depending on whether they will be stained or painted.

What's the least expensive shutter?

What's the least expensive shutter?

Vinyl (UPVC) shutters are the lowest entry price point shutters on the market. Don't be put off by the yellowed, cracked examples from yesteryear - new technologies have helped create UPVC shutters that look remarkably like painted wood. Our Waterberry shutters offer three neutral shades, with a wipe clean finish that simply shrugs off moisture or steam, making them a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens. They also don't fade in sunlight, so are good for use in conservatories or sun rooms.

Are there other options?

Are there other options?

There are shutters that are a kind of hybrid, where the frame is crafted from wood or a wood substrate, and the louvres are made from vinyl or other types of plastic.

Our mid-range of shutters in Rockbourne, which uses Medium Density Fibreboard, commonly referred to as MDF, for the frames, stiles and rails. MDF is an engineered wood-based sheet material that bonds wood fibres with a synthetic resin adhesive. The louvres are made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS, a recyclable thermoplastic polymer probably more familiar to you in the form of a Lego brick.

How does size affect the price?

How does size affect the price?

The size of the shutter will always be relative in price within the same range. So a Waterberry café-style shutter will be cheaper than a Waterberry full height shutter, because it’s far smaller. Conversely, a Burley solid shutter will be more expensive than a Burley tier on tier shutter because there’s far more wood involved.

What about doors?

What about doors?

Following the same logic from above, shutters for doors will cost more than for a window. Door shutters come in a variety of different styles as well as different ranges, including French Door, tracked and bypass and the setting and surround of the door will dictate which style of door shutter is right for you.

What other options are there?

What other options are there?

If you really like the way shutters look but are unable to have them then it's definitely worth taking a look at wooden blinds.

With a visually similarity to shutters, they come with a far lower price point, despite being real wood. They're also ideal if you'd like shutters but don't have adequate wall space to the side of the window to fold them back onto.

Summary

So as you can see, there's a wealth of different factors that determine the cost of shutters. But there's also one thing to remember that should be totally fundamental to your decision making - the longevity of the shutter. With careful use, shutters will last over 10-15 years, sometimes even more than 20 years, dependant on on the circumstances. So if you divide the cost by the years of usage you'll get from the shutters, then it can be argued that shutters are actually better value than most window furnishings, and the initial outlaw will be rewarded with longevity.

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