So you are interested in shutters but there are so many companies and so many products and so many different names. How do you navigate through the SHUTTER PRICING minefield? This article will help you with your decision making but what it won’t be able to do is let you know if the company you choose to provide your home consultation is good at the initial advise they provide and great at installing shutters.
Firstly – companies’ price in different ways and some include the fitting in their overall price and some separate the fitting from the product. This does not help with price comparison but it is fair that companies that are confident that they provide a superior install may charge the same for the product but more for their fitting expertise. The best price does not mean that you will get the most satisfaction out of your newly purchased shutters.
MDF shutters pricing starts with the entry level MDF Hampshire Shutter Range in general. Some companies market this as Craftwood shutters. This is a good product but has limitation but if its cheap shutter pricing you are looking for then this can be the product for you. It is however heavy and susceptible to moisture ingress so think carefully about the size of your window, the number of folding panels and if you have high level of condensation. The other aspect is that the MDF shutter is not a painted shutter and hence does not have that flat finish that a wooden painted shutter has. If you are looking for a stained or solid shutter then you need to progress straight to the all wood shutters.
If price is really the issue I prefer the Alton Shutte Range which is a mix of MDF and ABS and gives you a lighter weight shutter with a flat painted finish. My preference would be though that you opt for the Petersfield Shuter Range - a wood panelled shutter with an MDF frame as the main entry level product especially if your windows are a little larger or you are looking to bi-fold, tri-fold your shutters. You should budget around £300 per square meter for this product. You have the benefits of an all wood shutter, which are light weight panels, flatter paint finish and a product that is more resistant to water ingress and humidity levels.
Most companies sell the The Romsey Shutter Range and this is an all wood product – wood panels and wood frames. This product is lightweight – so great for wider and taller windows and also windows with multiple folding panels. The panels are made from a mix of Basswood, Poplar and Abicci. This range costs approximately 15% more than the MDF/Wood mix product.
Our premium product is The Winchester Shutter Range and this is FSC certified White Teak. This cost us 25% more than the Petersfield Range and 10% more than the Romsey Range from the manufacturer but we only charge an extra 15% because we love the product and prefer fitting it. It also gives you can the additional benefit that you can also choose from a large range of paint colours and stains including Farrow and Ball matches as standard. If you want to custom colour this range it is also not a problem. You will be amazed at how little custom colouring costs – why not contact The Great Shutter Co. and we will tell you all the key colour books we can match.
These premium wood shutters in Winchester, for example, were £700.
Really – the question of how much a shutter costs should be put in the following context:
You could ask numerous other questions but really it’s about are you getting what you want for the budget you have. If you do then the next question is what material can I afford and that again is where you should take expert advise.