How Much Does It Cost to Install Exterior Shutters?

C.E. Larusso
Written by C.E. Larusso
Updated May 26, 2022
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Highlights

  • Homeowners can expect to pay $300 to $1,050 per window for exterior shutters.

  • Window placement, size, and customization impact the total price tag of installing shutters.

  • Functional shutters protect windows from break-ins and weather damage, and they typically cost more to install than decorative shutters.

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Exterior shutters are among homeowners’ favorite types of window treatments. Coming in a range of types and materials, exterior shutters can improve your home’s appearance, enhance its value, and protect against storms, intruders, and energy waste. How much, though, does it cost to install them? Nationally, homeowners pay between $300 and $1,050 per window for exterior shutters. 

This guide outlines the average price of installing exterior shutters in various types of material—including rolling shutter garage doors and industrial rolling shutter doors. It does not address the cost of estate shutters or other types of interior shutters you may choose

What Factors Influence the Cost of Exterior Shutters?

While the type and material of shutters you choose will be the most significant cost determinants, some additional factors might bring the total price up or down. These include: 

  • Window Placement: While hourly labor costs are consistent across different types of shutters, the labor time and the rate may be higher for windows located on upper floors or in hard-to-reach places.

  • Size: Decorative exterior window shutters come in a standard width of 15 inches and lengths between 36 and 72 inches. If your windows are longer than 72 inches, your costs may exceed the standard range for a material. Functional shutters must fit the exact measurements of your windows to suit their purpose—if you’re considering them for a window with unusual dimensions, expect costs to be higher. 

  • Customization: If you wish to alter the appearance or function of any of these shutter types, some manufacturers will make them according to custom specs—but for a price much higher than the off-the-shelf models. 

How Much Do Exterior Shutters Cost by Type?

There is a range of exterior shutters that can be divided into two broad categories: functional and decorative. Functional shutters protect windows (and sometimes doors) from weather and break-ins. Because they require sturdier materials and additional precision in installation, they are typically more expensive than decorative shutters, with average installation expenses for the lowest-cost security shutters ranging from $125 to $525. At the most expensive end, roller shutter garage doors cost homeowners between $1,760 and $2,900.

The window treatments that we now think of as decorative shutters once offered crucial protection from the elements when home windows didn’t include glass, but persist today primarily for their visual charm. Materials determine their cost; vinyl exterior window shutters are the most inexpensive option. Customers can expect to pay an average total of $155 to $650 to install them in a single window. Mahogany is at the highest end, with an average total installation cost between $280 and $1,400

Exterior Accordion Security Shutters

Most common in commercial applications, security shutters have become increasingly popular among homeowners for their ability to withstand strong force. The most common type folds open and closed, accordion-style. For installation in a single window, expect to pay between $120 and $525 for the shutters, and between $260 and $400 for the two-hour installation, for an average total range between $380 and $925

Exterior Folding Security Shutters 

For windows that cannot accommodate the size of accordion shutters, there are two-panel folding shutters. Labor costs sit in the $260to $400 range, while the materials themselves are more expensive, typically ranging between $300 and $1,000. The average total installation cost for one window falls between $560 and $1,400.

Exterior Rolling Shutters

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Exterior rolling shutters open and close to block sunlight when desired. For a single window, you’ll pay between $620 and $1,900 altogether for installation. A more basic, hand-cranked unit costs between $350 and $1,200. For an additional $300, you can include a motor operated by a switch, remote control, or smartphone app. Installation typically takes four hours, at a rate between $65 and $100 per hour, for an average between $270 and $400 in labor costs.

Rolling Window Hurricane Shutters

Rolling hurricane shutters are built with materials that can withstand extreme wind speeds to protect your windows in the most intense storms. Installing a unit in one of your windows will total between $1,475 and $2,400 on average, with $1,200 to $2,000 going to materials and between $270 and $400 to labor costs. 

Rolling Window Security Shutters

Including an extra set of locking mechanisms, rolling security shutters are designed to keep intruders out. The total cost of installation averages between $620 and $1,900. The units cost between $350 and $1,500, with the option to add a motor at $300. Installation requires about four hours of work, at costs between $270 and $400

Rolling Shutter Garage Doors

Installing a rolling shutter garage door will cost more than exterior window shutters, due to sheer size, among other factors. For an 84-inch by 96-inch opening in a single-car garage, you can expect to pay between $1,500 to $2,000 for materials, plus an additional $500 for the large motor if it’s an electric version. Installation takes four hours, at an average cost of $260 to $400, for a typical total installation price between$1,760 and $2,900.

Industrial Rolling Shutter Door 

Though not necessary in most circumstances, some homeowners may want to opt for the maximum security an industrial rolling shutter door offers, with an average total installation cost between $1,260 and $2,500. Four hours of labor commands an average charge between $260 and $400, and the door typically runs between $1,000 and $1,600, plus $500 for the electric version.   

Exterior Home Shutters

Decorative exterior home shutters come in a range of different styles. A single pair costs, on average, between $25 and $1,200, depending on the materials. Installation typically requires two hours of labor, at an average charge between $65 and $100 per hour, for a total cost between $155 and $1,400.

By material, a pair of shutters will cost:

  • Vinyl: $25–$450

  • Cedar: $30–$1,150

  • Composite: $60–$685

  • PVC: $100–$300

  • Mahogany: $150–$1,200

  • Aluminum: $200–$300

Bermuda Shutters

Bermuda shutters—also called Bahama shutters—are a type of louvered shutters, hinged at the top of a window rather than from the sides. Associated with the tropics, they let the breeze in while keeping the elements out—and give your home a festive, summery feel. A single window panel costs between $200 and $1,600. The typical two-hour installation adds between $130 and $200 in labor costs. 

How Much Do Exterior Shutters Cost by Style?

Exterior home shutters come in different styles, with the most common being: 

  • Board and batten

  • Flat-paneled

  • Raised-paneled

  • Louvered

The style you choose affects the price, though not to the same degree as the materials. If you’re opting for a raised- or flat-paneled shutter, expect to spend an amount on the lower end of the range. If you select a more elaborate board and batten model, look toward the higher end.  

How Much Does It Cost to Install Exterior Shutters Yourself?

Window treatment installers typically charge between $65 and $100 per hour for shutters, and the job typically takes two to four hours, meaning that installing the replacements yourself could save between $130 and $400. If, however, you don’t have previous experience with shutters, we recommend that you hire a pro since there’s a lot of room for error, as well as a possibility of injury—especially with motorized shutters, which entail electrical work.

FAQs

Do I need exterior shutters?

Homes do not require exterior shutters. Homeowners install security shutters to mitigate the risk of break-ins or extreme weather, which will be more or less acute depending on location. Other kinds of exterior window shutters no longer serve their practical, intended purposes, but many homeowners install them to enhance their home’s appearance.  

Who installs exterior shutters? 

For assistance selecting or installing exterior shutters, contact a local window shutter company. Most will have experience with all types of shutters and can offer expert guidance on the options appropriate for your home.

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