Should You Buy New Windows or Plantation Shutters to Prepare Your Home for Winter in Colorado Springs?

Gary Harding

With winter weather coming soon to Colorado Springs, lots of homeowners are already getting ready to winterize. Other than putting those awkward storm windows back in or tacking on flimsy plastic wrap to your windows, two of the most popular solutions to better insulate your home are to install new windows, or to put in insulating indoor shutters.

Colorado Springs foyer with glass doors and indoor shutters

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

The Cost of New Windows vs. Getting Shutters

Prior to talking to a window installer in Colorado Springs, a lot of homeowners understate the price tag of glass doors and windows. For a typical Colorado house, getting new glass (approximately 8 windows and 2 doors), might cost as much as 30 grand off the bat. That’s basically the down payment for a whole new home! Naturally, brand-new windows will increase the resell value of your house, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

On the other hand, choosing interior shutters on windows and patio doors will cost a fraction of the price – usually around 75% less than the cost of installing brand-new windows. And if you’re concerned about increasing your home value, permanent plantation shutters are more pronounced than semi-new windows during a tour or open house.

Are New Windows or Indoor Shutters Better Insulators?

Your windows should be effective 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 shell out for triple-pane windows, the highest r-value new windows can offer is between 2.0 and 3.0. While significant, that insulation has nothing on the energy efficiency of Polywood® faux wood shutters, which independent studies have concluded to reach an r-value of over 6.0 in a standard pane window.

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

Remember that the days are dwindling to plan your winterizing projects before winter arrives in Colorado Springs. The lead time for installing new doors and windows can sometimes be be as much as 10 weeks. By that point, you may as well not bother and just set your furnace to full blast. Shutters, conversely, can be installed much sooner, with a lead time generally never exceeding 4 weeks, and is usually even shorter.

The lead time for replacing doors or windows can be even longer if you have to get approval by your homeowners’ association. If your contractors have to do any work to your ceiling or certain walls, the job could also require approval from your local zoning office as well.

Colorado Springs shutter installation 

Speaking of the installation, taking out old windows and putting in new ones can make a big mess. If work needs to be done on your window frame, you’ll end up a lot of dust and debris on all your furniture. Shutter installation on the other hand is a no mess job, and will be done in less than half the time.

Warranties: New Windows vs. Shutters

Just about any reliable contractor will offer a warranty, usually in the neighborhood of 10-20 years. That sounds great, but when you examine what that warranty covers and doesn’t cover, two decades is actually pretty short. Conversely, Polywood indoor shutters are backed by a Lifetime Warranty, guaranteeing the material, installation, and finish of the product.

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

Product Window Replacements Plantation Shutters
Price More than $30,000 for the whole house.  Typically less than $5,000 for most Colorado Springs homes. 
 Warranty On average 20 years. Lifetime warranty
Lead time 10 weeks 4 weeks
Install Time Several hours, sometimes multiple days to install several windows, can create heavy dust or debris. Majority of jobs are completed within just a few hours, and produce no dust or debris.
Red tape You may need to get HOA approvals approvals, municipal remodeling approvals. None!
 Energy Efficiency  You may need to upgrade to higher-end windows to get equivalent energy efficiency. Typical r-value of 2.0-3.0. Can block up to 50% of all heat loss & gain from your windows. Polywood offers r-value of 6.0. 
If you’re ready to get your home ready for winter, call Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs today at 303-625-6431 and we’ll set you up with a free in-home window design consultation.