Should You Install New Windows or Plantation Shutters to Prepare Your Home for Winter in Dallas?

Collins Jones

With winter weather around the corner in Dallas, a lot of homeowners are already thinking about winterizing their homes. Beyond putting some hefty storm windows back in or tacking on temporary plastic film to your windows, a few of the most effective ways to control your home temperature are to install brand-new windows, or to install insulating plantation shutters.

Dallas foyer with glass doors and interior shutters

But what’s better, replacing your windows or installing better window treatments – especially when you need to winterize? Let’s take a look.

The Cost of Window Replacements vs. Putting in Shutters

Prior to talking to a window contractor in Dallas, a lot of homeowners severely underestimate the cost of new glass doors and windows. For a typical Texas home, installing new glass (approximately 8 windows and 2 doors), may cost as much as $30,000 to start. That’s just about the down payment for a brand-new house! Obviously, brand-new windows will increase the resale value of your house, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

Conversely, putting in interior shutters on windows and sliding doors will cost a lot less – usually around a quarter of the cost of installing replacement windows. And if you’re worried about increasing your home value, permanent indoor shutters stand out a lot more than semi-new windows when potential buyers walk through.

Are New Windows or Interior Shutters Better Insulators?

Your windows should be effective insulators, especially when the weather can be unpredictable. But how do even the heaviest windows compare with window coverings built specifically for insulation? 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, those numbers have nothing on the temperature control of Polywood® faux wood shutters, which independent tests have concluded to reach an r-value of close to 6.0 in a standard pane window.

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

Bear in mind that there isn’t a whole lot of time to finalize your winterization projects before the temperature starts falling in Dallas. The lead time for putting in replacement doors and windows could be be as much as 10 weeks. By then, you may as well go the rest of the winter with your furnace cranked up and eat the cost. Shutters, on the other hand, are much quicker to get installed, with a lead time generally never exceeding 4 weeks, and is usually even less.

The lead time for installing brand-new doors or windows can be even longer if you need approval by your homeowners’ association. If your new windows require the contractors to do any work to your walls or ceiling, you might also need approval from your local government.

Dallas shutter installation 

On that note, taking out old windows and installing new ones can make a fairly large mess. If work needs to be done on your window frame, you’re sure to get a lot of dust and debris all over your house. A shutter install job by comparison is a precise, clean job, and will be done in a fraction of the time.

Window Replacement Warranties vs. Shutter Warranties

Almost every reliable remodeler will offer a warranty, usually in the neighborhood of 10-20 years. That sounds great, but when you think about what that warranty does and does not cover, two decades is actually pretty short. On the other hand, Polywood indoor shutters are backed by a Lifetime Warranty, guaranteeing the material, install, and finish of the product.

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

Product New Windows Interior Shutters
Cost Over $30,000 for the entire home.  Usually under $5,000 for the average home. 
 Warranty Usually 20 years. Lifetime warranty
Lead time 10 weeks 4 weeks
Installation Several hours, sometimes multiple days to put in several windows, can create heavy dust or debris. Majority of jobs are completed within just a couple of hours, without any debris or dust.
Red tape You may need to get homeowners association approvals, municipal remodeling approvals. Nothing.
 Temperature Control  You may need to upgrade to more expensive windows to get the same amount of energy efficiency. Typical r-value of 2.0-3.0. Can block up to 50% of all heat loss & gain through your windows. Polywood offers r-value of 6.0. 
If you’re ready to get your home ready for winter, call Sunburst Shutters Dallas today at 214-301-5066 and we’ll set you up with a free in-home window design consultation.