Should You Get New Windows or Plantation Shutters to Winterize Your Home in Oklahoma City?

Tyler Jorgensen

With winter weather coming soon to Oklahoma City, lots of homeowners are already getting ready to winterize. Beyond putting some awkward storm windows back in or tacking on temporary plastic wrap to your windows, some of the most effective ways to control your home temperature are to install fancy new windows, or to get insulating indoor shutters.

Oklahoma City foyer with glass doors and plantation shutters

But what’s better, replacing your windows or installing insulating window treatments – especially when you need to winterize? Let’s find out.

Comparing the Cost of Window Replacements vs. Putting in Shutters

Before speaking with a window installer in Oklahoma City, a lot of homeowners understate how much it costs to replace windows and glass doors. For a standard OK house, installing new glass (in the neighborhood of 8 windows and 2 doors), could cost more than $30,000 off the bat. That’s just about a down payment for a brand-new home! Naturally, brand-new windows can add to the resale value of your house, but it comes with a steep price tag.

Conversely, getting indoor shutters on windows and glass doors will cost a lot less – usually around 75% less than the cost of installing replacement windows. And if increasing your home’s market value is important to you, high-quality plantation shutters are more pronounced than semi-new windows during a tour or open house.

What Insulates Better: New Windows or Interior Shutters?

Your windows need to be good insulators, especially when the weather gets cold. But how do even the thickest windows stack up against window treatments built specifically for insulation? Even if you shell out for triple-pane windows, the highest r-value new windows can offer is between 2.0 and 3.0. While impressive for windows, that insulation has nothing on the insulating features of Polywood® faux wood shutters, which third party studies have shown to reach an r-value of close to 6.0 in a double pane window.

How Long It Takes To Get Window Replacements vs. Plantation Shutters

Remember that time is limited to plan your winterization projects before it starts to get cold in Oklahoma City. The lead time for installing new windows and glass doors can sometimes be around 10 weeks or so. By that point, you may as well not bother and just crank the thermostat. Shutters, conversely, are much quicker to get installed, with a lead time that caps out at about 4 weeks, and can be even shorter.

The lead time for replacing doors or windows could drag on even further if you have to get approval by your homeowners’ association. If your contractors have to do any work to your ceiling or certain walls, you might also need permits from your local government.

Oklahoma City shutter installation 

Moreover, taking out old windows and installing new ones can cause a huge mess. If any drywall work needs done, you’ll end up tons of dust and debris in your space. Shutter installation by comparison is a precise, clean job, and will be done in a fraction of the time.

Warranties: New Windows vs. Shutters

Just about any established remodeler will offer a warranty, usually in the neighborhood of 10-20 years. That may sound fantastic, but when you examine what that warranty covers and doesn’t cover, 20 years might seem a little short. On the other hand, Polywood faux wood shutters come with a Lifetime Warranty, protecting the material, installation, and color of the shutters.

To sum it all up, the differences between winterizing your home with replacement windows or with shutters are fairly stark:

Product Window Replacements Indoor Shutters
Price Exceeding $30,000 for the entire home.  Usually under $5,000 for an average size home. 
 Warranty Typically around 20 years. Lifetime warranty
Lead time 10 weeks 4 weeks
Installation Several hours, sometimes a few days to install several windows, can result in heavy dust or debris. Majority of jobs are finished within just a few hours, without any debris or dust.
Red tape You may need to get HOA approvals approvals, municipal remodeling approvals. Nothing.
 Energy Efficiency  You may need to upgrade to more expensive windows to get equivalent energy efficiency. Standard r-value of 2.0-3.0. Blocks up to half of all energy loss through your windows. Polywood offers r-value of 6.0. 
If you’re ready to winterize your space, call Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City today at 405-300-4664 and we’ll schedule you for a free in-home window design consultation.