Should You Buy New Windows or Plantation Shutters to Prepare Your Home for Winter in St. George?

Kasey Udy

With winter weather around the corner in St. George, a lot of homeowners are already planning their home winterizing projects. Other than putting some hefty storm windows back in or tacking on temporary plastic wrap to your windows, two of the most popular ways to keep your home warm in the winter are to put in new windows, or to get insulating plantation shutters.

St. George foyer with glass doors and indoor shutters

But which one is right for your home, replacing your windows or putting in more effective window treatments – especially when you want to winterize? Let’s find out.

The Price of New Windows vs. Installing Shutters

Prior to talking to a window contractor in St. George, most homeowners undervalue the price tag of windows and glass doors. For a typical UT house, getting new glass (around 8 windows and 2 doors), could cost more than $30,000 to start. That’s just about a down payment for a brand-new house! Obviously, newer windows will add to the value of your house, but it’s still a steep cost.

Conversely, getting plantation shutters on windows and glass doors will cost a lot less – usually around a quarter of the price you’d pay to put in new windows. And if you’re worried about increasing your home value, permanent plantation shutters are more pronounced than semi-new windows when you’re ready to sell and show it off.

Which is the Better Insulator: New Windows or Indoor Shutters?

Your windows need to be effective insulators, especially when the weather gets cold. But how do even the bulkiest windows stack up against window treatments made to be effective insulators? Even if you upgrade to three-pane windows, the most energy efficiency most new windows can offer is an r-value between 2.0 and 3.0. While decent, that insulation has nothing on the energy efficiency of Polywood® plantation shutters, which third party tests have shown to reach an r-value of over 6.0 in a standard pane window.

How Long It Takes To Get New Windows vs. Indoor Shutters

Keep in mind that you don’t have the luxury of time to finish your winterization projects before winter arrives in St. George. The lead time for replacing multiple windows and glass doors can sometimes be be as much as 10 weeks. By that point, you might as well go the rest of the winter with your furnace on at all times and eat the cost. Shutters, on the other hand, can be installed much sooner, with a lead time that almost never goes over 4 weeks, and is usually even shorter.

The lead time for installing brand-new doors or windows could be extended by even a few more weeks if you need approval from your HOA. If your new windows require the contractors to do any work to your ceiling or certain walls, the job could also require permits from your local government.

St. George shutter installation 

Speaking of the installation, removing windows and installing new ones can make a big mess. If framework needs to be redone, you’re sure to get layers of dust and debris on all your furniture. Installing shutters on the other hand is an almost entirely spotless job, and will be done in a fraction of the time.

Window Replacement Warranties vs. Shutter Warranties

Almost every certified contractor will offer a warranty, which on average will be around 10-20 years. That sounds great, but when you think about what that warranty covers and doesn’t cover, a decade or two can seem extremely short. Conversely, Polywood indoor shutters come with a Lifetime Warranty, protecting the material, install, and color of the shutters.

To sum it all up, the differences between winterizing your home with a new set of windows or with shutters are fairly blatant:

Product Window Replacements Installing Shutters
Cost Over $30,000 for the whole house.  Usually less than $5,000 for the average home. 
 Warranty Usually 20 years. Lifetime warranty
Lead time 10 weeks 4 weeks
Installation Several hours, sometimes a few days to put in several windows, can cause heavy dust or debris. Majority of jobs are completed within just a couple of hours, without any debris or dust.
Red tape May require homeowners association approvals, municipal remodeling approvals. N/A
 Temperature Control  You may need to upgrade to higher-end windows to get the same amount of energy efficiency. Standard r-value of 2.0-3.0. Blocks up to 50% of all heat loss & gain through your windows. Polywood offers r-value of 6.0. 
If you’re ready to make the decision on how you want to winterize your space, call Sunburst Shutters St. George today at 435-485-9332 and we’ll give you a free in-home window design consultation.