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Should You Install New Windows or Plantation Shutters to Winterize Your Home in Las Vegas?

October 30, 2017

With cold weather on the horizon in Las Vegas, a lot of homeowners are already planning their home winterizing projects. Other than putting some old storm windows back in or tacking on temporary plastic wrap to your windows, a few of the most effective solutions to better insulate your home are to install brand-new windows, or to install insulating indoor shutters.

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But what’s better, getting new windows or installing more effective window treatments – especially when you want to winterize? Let’s find out.

Comparing the Price of Window Replacements vs. Putting in Shutters

Before speaking with a window installer in Las Vegas, many homeowners lowball how much it costs to replace windows and glass doors. For a standard Nevada house, installing new glass (around 8 windows and 2 doors), may cost as much as 30 grand off the bat. That’s just about a down payment for a brand-new home! Of course, newer windows can increase the resale value of your house, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

Conversely, getting indoor shutters on windows and glass doors will cost a lot less – usually around a quarter of the cost of installing brand-new windows. And if increasing your home’s market value is important to you, permanent plantation shutters stand out a lot more 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 good insulators, especially when the weather can be unpredictable. But how do even the thickest 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 significant, that insulation has nothing on the insulating features of Polywood® faux wood shutters, which independent tests have shown to reach an r-value of over 6.0 in a standard pane window.

Lead Time & Installation of New Windows vs. Interior Shutters

Keep in mind that the days are dwindling to plan your winterization projects before winter arrives in Las Vegas. The lead time for replacing multiple windows and glass doors may even be around 10 weeks or so. By then, you may as well go the rest of the winter with your furnace cranked up and eat the cost. Shutters, conversely, can be installed much sooner, with a lead time that almost never goes over 4 weeks, and is usually even less.

The lead time for putting in brand-new doors or windows could drag on even further if you need approval from your HOA. If your new windows require the contractors to do any work to your walls or ceiling, you might also need permits from your local zoning office as well.

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On that note, taking out old windows and putting in new ones can result in a fairly large mess. If framework needs to be redone, you’re sure to get layers of dust and debris all over your house. Installing shutters on the other hand leaves no dust or debris, and will be done in a fraction of the time.

Warranties: New Windows vs. Shutters

Almost every reputable and insured remodeler or contractor will offer a warranty, usually in the neighborhood of 10-20 years. At first glance it looks good, but when you consider what that warranty does and does not cover, 20 years is actually pretty short. Conversely, Polywood interior shutters are backed by a Lifetime Warranty, protecting the material, install, and finish of the product.

In summary, the differences between winterizing your home with new windows or with indoor shutters are fairly stark:

Product New Windows Installing Shutters
Price Over $30,000 for the whole house.  Typically under $5,000 for an average size home. 
 Warranty On average 20 years. Lifetime warranty
Lead time 10 weeks 4 weeks
Length of installation Several hours, sometimes several days to replace several windows, can result in heavy dust or debris. Almost all jobs are finished within just a couple of hours, without any debris or dust.
Red tape HOA approvals approvals, municipal remodeling approvals. None!
 Energy Efficiency  You may need to upgrade to higher-end windows to get the same amount of energy efficiency. Usual r-value of 2.0-3.0. Blocks up to half of all heat loss & gain from your windows. Polywood offers r-value of 6.0. 
If you’re ready to winterize your space, call Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas today at 702-850-6619 and we’ll schedule you for a free in-home window design consultation.
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