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 are 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.

Types of Rolling Shutters

Hurricane Shutters

Hurricane shutters are window coverings that can be opened to allow fresh air into a home and then closed during a hurricane to keep out flying objects and debris. Hurricane shutters are usually metal shutters made from aluminum or vinyl and have a hinged design with rollers on each side. If they are of good quality, they are usually impact-resistant. The roller is attached to an overhead track which allows the shutter to open and close easily. Hurricane shutters are available in various sizes and styles.

Some hurricane roller shutters are electric and can be used remotely through remotes if needed. Other models are manual and require are opened from the outside.  Some shutters come as kits where all the components are preassembled and ready to go. Others require assembly by a professional installer. 

Security Shutters

Security shutters are similar to hurricane shutters, but they are designed to keep intruders from entering your home or business through windows. These shutters are made from steel or wood and typically have a sliding mechanism that opens and closes the shutter. Security shutters can be electric, where they can be operated manually in case of an emergency. 

Manual Shutters

These are also called manual shutters. They are usually made from aluminum or vinyl and come with a handle on each side so that you can open and close them yourself. Some models even include a locking feature, which is great if you want to lock up your house during the day. Manual shutters are very affordable and easy to install, but they don't provide much security because they can easily be opened by someone who has access to your property.

Electric Shutters

If you need more security than a manual shutter offers, then you should consider an electric shutter. Electric shutters are powered either by electricity or battery power. They use motors to operate the shutter and are highly secure. They can be controlled remotely using a wireless remote control, which makes it easier to open and close the shutter when needed.

What Are The Benefits of Using Rolling Shutters?

Rolling shutters are the most popular type of shutter used today. They are lightweight, durable, and easy to install. They are available in different styles and sizes, allowing you to choose one that fits your needs perfectly. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider installing rolling shutters:

Energy Efficiency

Rolling shutters help save money on your utility bills and can actually lower energy costs. They block out sunlight and heat, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This helps reduce your heating and cooling expenses. It's also important to note that these shutters work best on large windows such as patio doors and French doors. If you live in a cold climate, you will notice a big difference in your energy bill after installing rolling shutters.

Privacy

When you install rolling shutters, you can create a barrier between you and your neighbors. This prevents people outside from seeing into your home. Privacy doesn't only benefit those living next door; it also benefits those living across the street. When you install rolling shutters you can make sure no one peeks inside without your permission.

Protection From Theft

You can protect your home from theft by adding rolling shutters to your home. Thieves often target houses that have unattended properties, so having rolling shutters installed around your home will deter thieves from breaking into your home. It's important to know that burglars aren't always looking for cash or valuables. Sometimes they're simply searching for items that are easy to sell. That's why it's important to make sure that all doors and windows are locked at night.

Easy To Maintain

You won't have to worry about cleaning your window blinds every week. With a roller shutter, there's nothing to clean. They're maintenance-free, making them perfect for homeowners who struggle with time constraints.

Safety

Rolling shutters offer safety features that prevent accidents from happening. For example, they can stop children from falling out of windows. They can also prevent furniture from being damaged by flying debris in case of an earthquake or a hurricane. 

What Can Affect The Cost Of Exterior Shutters?

Materials

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 lightweight 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.

Accessories

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.

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