The Cost of Exterior Rolling Shutters

They offer privacy, energy efficiency and security, but some would argue they offer a hefty price tag too. They are exterior rolling shutters. Made to withstand hurricane winds, torrential rains, thieves and the hot summer sun for many homeowners they simply can’t afford them. Yes, the average shutter costs in the range of $345-$600 per window. But before you decide that you won’t install rolling shutters in your home take a good look at the factors that affect their cost. You may decide you can’t afford not to invest in them.


The largest factor affecting exterior rolling shutters’ prices is material. Similar to flooring or kitchen counters, the matter used to construct the window covering can vary the price greatly. For instance, wood shutters can cost as much as $3000 per window as compared to vinyl which is the least expensive starting at $25. Most exterior rolling shutters are made from aluminum because it is a very strong yet light-weight material and it doesn’t corrode. The result is a very aesthetically appealing shutter that will last the lifetime of your home. Regardless of what you choose, first decide what you can afford and then select your material based on that factor.

Window Size

Depending on the shutter company you work with, some will charge based on square footage while others on the number of windows you have. Therefore, the larger or greater amount of windows in your home, the more expensive it will be. Also, like any other home addition, if your windows are a unique size and require a custom roller shutter that will cost you more money. This is often the case if your windows have rounded edges.


The standard shutter that is operated manually is usually your least expensive option. These exterior rolling shutters are usually available in basic colors such as white, gray or brown. However, if you want a custom color to match the exterior of your home or you want them to be motorized at the touch of a button those features will cost a bit more than the standard prices. Additionally, all exterior rolling shutters now require special features that allow emergency personnel such as firefighters to gain access to your home via the windows should your shutters be closed.

Professional Installation

When considering the installation of your exterior rolling shutters you have two options: either do it yourself or have them professionally done. Having a qualified person install your window coverings greatly increases your exterior rolling shutter prices. On average a professional will charge you around $1,500. That doesn’t take into account if you’ve added other accessories to your coverings. Those extras take longer to install and can result in much higher professional installation costs. Yet, if you decide to hang your exterior rolling shutters by yourself the price tag will be much less. The only costs will be materials and your time.

A Shutter to Consider

Regardless of the type of exterior rolling shutter you chose they can all be used to provide safety, security, and energy efficiency to your home. Remember, shutters are an expensive investment initially, yet if you’ve ever experienced a hurricane, tornado or break-in you know the clean-up and recovery from those types of catastrophes can be much more costly to you and your family in the long term.