Shutter prices can vary between manufacturers and products. So how do you know whether you’re paying too much?
As with any custom-made product, there are lots of variables that affect the final price.
In this article, we’ll look at some of those variables. And we’ll clarify why, when it comes to shutters, value for money is more important than the bottom line.
PVC, Wood and Aluminium
Popular materials for shutters include wood and aluminium. Some manufacturers use cheaper materials such as Polyvinyl-Chloride (PVC) or Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF). While either of these materials is suitable for shutters, they’re not ideal.
Poor-quality PVC shutters leak toxins like formaldehyde when exposed to heat. And they must be treated with UV stabilisers, or they tend to turn yellow. MDF is lighter than wood, which makes it cheaper, but not as strong. MDF shutters are not recommended for large windows and can’t withstand heavy wear and tear.
At House of Supreme, we use solid Obeche wood and aluminium for our custom-made shutters. Our two types of aluminium shutters are Decorative Aluminium Shutters and Security Shutters.
Which Shutter Material is Cheaper: Wood or Aluminium?
The material used to construct the shutters account for the bulk of the cost.
You must use a hardwood to make shutters, one that won’t warp, split or crack. The wood needs to be treated and dried to prevent rot and insect damage. Obeche is wood from tropical West Africa. It’s light but strong with a medium grain – perfect for making wooden shutters.
And we use high-grade aluminium (6063-T6) for our Decorative and Security Shutters. The price of aluminium is subject to market and economic factors that cause it to fluctuate. Extruding the raw material to produce shutter profiles adds to the total cost.
You might assume wood is cheaper than aluminium, but that’s not always the case. Wooden shutters take more time and skill to manufacture. And this, besides the raw material, is what determines the final cost of the shutters.
Shutter Design Specifications
Despite standard window and door sizes, the size of each opening is always different. Tiles, plastering, burglar bars and other features can all affect the size of a window or doorway. And even a few millimetres can make a big difference to the final fit.
All our shutters (and flyscreens) are custom-made using the final measurements taken by our experienced sales reps. The result is a neat and precise fit.
White is the most popular colour for shutters but you do have options. We offer a range of standard colours that include grey, bronze and black. We can also powder-coat the shutters to match your walls (or any other colour you fancy). But bear in mind that this carries a surcharge.
Shutter panels hang on shutter frames (learn more shutter anatomy). When purchasing shutters, you’ll get to choose which frame style you prefer. Shutter frame styles vary in price, so this is another factor that will affect the final price.
Shutter Configurations: Hinged & Bifold
The word ‘configuration’ refers to how your shutter panels open. See the article we wrote on shutter configurations for more information.
When it comes to cost, some shutter configurations are more expensive than others. Bifold shutters need more gear than simple hinged shutters. As a result, they can be a little pricier.
Again, your shutter configuration depends on the amount of space you have available. Our experienced consultants will recommend the best solution for your circumstances.
Shutters need to be robust to cope with daily use. For this reason, we follow vital design specifications.
For example, our Security Shutters must include a midrail if they are taller than 1500 mm. The midrail adds strength and stability to the panels. These are important features for a security product.
Here’s another example. Although aluminium is one of the lightest metals, shutter panels can still weigh as much as 20kg/m². Shutter panels that are too heavy will sag, so we’ve set a limit of two panels per side for hinged applications.
It stands to reason that the more panels there are, the more your shutters will cost. You could opt for larger shutter panels, but then you risk ending up with sagging, wobbly shutters that won’t stand up to regular use.
Installing shutters takes experience, knowledge and the right tools. After two decades in the industry, our in-house installation teams are the best in the business. Shutter installation costs depend on several factors, including travel costs, labour and how complex the project is.
It’s worth having your shutters installed by professionals. If any problems arise, the installers can often rectify them on site – saving time and eliminating frustration. Properly installed shutters will work smoothly and leave you completely satisfied with your decision to invest in them.
Investing in Shutters
With so many variables, it’s clear why defining an average price for shutters is impossible. Relying on a price per square metre is the wrong way to estimate the final cost of your shutters. It’s simply not an accurate reflection of the elements that go into formulating the final price.
If you’re serious about investing in shutters, start by requesting a consultation with us. We’d love to meet with you and show you samples of our Shutter Supreme range. We prefer that to just emailing you a quick quote based on the measurements you provide.
Pricing shutters accurately requires a thorough understanding of the space where they’ll be installed. We take great pride in our work and our products and want to ensure you get real value for money.
Visit our Contact Us page for details of your nearest House of Supreme branch.