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Old 08-14-2008, 08:18 PM
 
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We're looking to do the entire house in plantation shutters. I suspect it's going to be expensive; we have about 9 windows that are roughly 8'x3', and another really big one that's probably 8'x6'. I understand that it's likely to be expensive; not exactly sure how much, but everyone says that shutters are a lot more than blinds.

Can anyone recommend a reputable place in the DFW area to work with? I don't want to consider dropping that kind of money on a Lowes or Home Depot install if people have bad things to say about them (I've heard things about other similar type services), and I don't really know anyone else who has them installed to ask.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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It's been a while since I got plantation shutters, but the going rate then was about $25/sq ft - it's probably closer to $30/sq ft now. 9 windows @ 8'x3' = 24sq ft ea x 9 = 216. 1 window @ 48 sq ft, so a total of 264 sq ft x $30/ft = $7920. Hope this helps to set some expectations. Sorry, but I can't remember where I got mine... I'm not in that home anymore, so I don't have the receipts.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:26 PM
 
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It's been a while since I got plantation shutters, but the going rate then was about $25/sq ft - it's probably closer to $30/sq ft now.
Also, if you have non-square windows (curved tops) or anything that will require customization, there is typically a linear foot charge added on. When I was shopping, this was about $100 per foot (so $300 for a 3' window).
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:02 PM
 
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we have friend who is builder--when he did his house almost 2 years ago he had the wooden plantation shutters added to almost every room--
don't know who he ordered from but they were made overseas--maybe China--and then shipped here
they are great looking and I know he shopped for price
if you want me to ask them where they ordered--just PM to my name and I will ask them...
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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We did ours through Budget Blinds ( in our previous home) which is a national franchise. They were wood not plastic and I love them and will do them again. We lived in very drastic tempurature 105 in summer and snow in winter and they were great insulators not to mention beautiful.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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I used Shutters America and they have by far the lowest price. (972)494-3357

I got mine installed a couple of weeks ago and have been very pleased.
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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i used ken jordan shutters several years ago. they were good, i don't remember how expensive comparitively they were to other companies. They were all wood. On my last house, i chose to go with a composite, instead of 100% wood, so they wouldn't warp. they look like wood, cost the same, but i think they last better. i can't remember what the companies name was though~sorry! but at least i hope the first recommendation helps
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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yep.

stay away from the "big boxes" like HD or Lowes om this item.

you'l get marginal sub-contracted installers + grief beyond belief.

big boxes are good for a can of paint, box of nails, or dropping off a stove.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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Actually if you get the Polywood Shutters through Home Depot, which we did- then they aren't even installed by Home Depot. They are maufactured by Sunburst Shutter Co. and they are the ones that come out and measure and do the install. Home Depot is just the middle man. In fact you can even go straight to Sunburst themselves. We went through Home Depot only because they had 10% off the total price which is huge when you are paying for shutters. We have had both wood shutters and the Polywood in seperate homes and in my opinion, the poly is by far better. They are easier to clean, don't have to be painted, don't crack, and keep the heat our better.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Actually if you get the Polywood Shutters through Home Depot, which we did- then they aren't even installed by Home Depot. They are maufactured by Sunburst Shutter Co. and they are the ones that come out and measure and do the install. Home Depot is just the middle man. In fact you can even go straight to Sunburst themselves. We went through Home Depot only because they had 10% off the total price which is huge when you are paying for shutters. We have had both wood shutters and the Polywood in seperate homes and in my opinion, the poly is by far better. They are easier to clean, don't have to be painted, don't crack, and keep the heat our better.
Ya I had a friend who got shutters installed about a year ago and they got them from Home Depot and Sunburst actually did the installation and everything. They said they were very good and had no problems.
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