With just about any home improvement project, from constructing an additional room to installing exterior shutters, you want to focus both on the desired outcome and how much it will cost to reach your goals.
Evaluating your options, setting your budget, and staying within your price range all are part of the shutter selection process. There are a number of shutter options at different price points, so let’s take a moment to explore all your choices!
Vinyl is one of the most common materials used to make exterior shutters, and vinyl shutters are going to be the cheapest on the market. Although they might be appealing for their relatively low price ($40 to $60 a pair, on average), vinyl shutters are notorious for warping, fading and cracking. Homeowners can expect to find themselves replacing these shutters every 10 to 15 years. Additionally, the design options are limited when it comes to vinyl shutters.
Offering the best of both worlds in terms of style and durability, composite wood shutters are crafted from a mixture of high-quality materials that can stand up to the elements. With a composite shutter, you can expect an elevated, authentic look that’s customizable. Composite wood also resists moisture, rot and termites, and will beautify your home for many years to come.
Adding to the appeal of composite wood shutters: You can style them any way you want! Choose from a wide spectrum of standard colors, or customize your color to match the specific vision you have in mind. Add a charming cutout design for a special finishing touch. Your home should reflect your unique personality, and composite wood shutters are a great way to accomplish that.
Costing an average of $300-$500 per pair, you can rely on composite wood exterior shutters to stand up to the test of time. Expect to replace your composite shutters every 15 to 20 years.
For those who prefer authentic wood, pine shutters are another option. Pine is versatile in terms of design possibilities, but these shutters won’t be as durable and long-lasting as composite wood shutters. They’ll be more susceptible to water damage, rot and termites and are likely to warp and crack over time. Therefore, pine shutters are more likely to need regular maintenance than composite wood. Expect an average cost of $400-$600 per pair, and to replace them every 15 to 20 years.
Combining all of the previously mentioned features and then some, mahogany shutters offer a number of benefits. To start, they are incredibly durable and versatile, allowing for a wide range of different stains, colors and designs. Premium wood shutters are also built to last decades, withstanding harsh seasonal elements. For this shutter option, you are likely to spend an average of $800-$1500 per pair with replacement every 30 to 40 years.
Looking for a robust exterior shutter that won’t require excessive maintenance? PVC shutters are going to be your best option. Designed to look and feel like real wood, these shutters are incredibly durable. PVC shutters typically cost between $1000 and $2000 per pair, and you can expect to replace them every 50 to 60 years.