One or more of the problems above are ruining the look of your plantation shutters. You don’t want to wait another day to get the issue ameliorated, but how much is a repair job going to cost you?
We’ll talk more in the next section about whether you should work with a pro or fix the shutters yourself, but in this scenario, let’s imagine that you did call in the professionals. According to Home Advisor, the average cost for plantation shutter repair is between $123 to $346. The national average is $233.00.
There are several factors that can influence this price, driving it higher or lower. Let’s discuss these factors now.
An overlapped louver is typically easy-peasy to fix, but if there’s frame damage, that’s a more involved job. The quicker your shutter repairperson is in and out, the less money the repairs will probably cost you.
Where you live can also play a role in how much you’ll pay for plantation shutter repair. Using Home Advisor, let’s compare prices for a New York home with plantation shutters versus one in Tampa.
In the heart of Sydney, the state average for shutter repairs is $609. Also, the project range is between $306 and $912. That’s way higher than the average prices above.
Considering you live in Melbourne, the state average is lower at $226. You can get away with much cheaper plantation shutter repairs, as they’re priced between $132 and $399.
Plastic, metal, and vinyl plantation shutters are generally the simplest to repair. That said, sometimes they’re costlier than wood shutters, although that will depend on the type of wood used to manufacture your plantation shutters.
Did you get your shutters painted a certain color that’s not so easy to find? This can come back to bite you if the shutters need repairs. The time your repairperson needs to take to get the color to match your other plantation shutters will likely increase the project cost.
Whether it was a small job you could do yourself or a bigger one that the pros had to handle, your plantation shutters are fixed and now look better than ever. You’d like to keep them in working order for a long time to come.
The following tips will help you do just that.
To prevent your louvers from getting loose and floppy, take a look at the tension screws every couple of months. If they seem loose, tighten them back up before they become problematic. Don’t keep tightening the screws if they’re already pretty tight, as that’s a good way to strip them. Then the screws are useless.
If you reach for the tilt rod to open your plantation shutters, you’re doing it wrong. Instead, you should gently hold the louvers, tilt them, then grab the panel’s stile to pull the shutters open.
Feather dusters and soft cloths are best for dusting your shutters, which you should do on a monthly basis. If an area is particularly dirty and the feather duster didn’t clean it well, try wetting a cloth and rubbing the area firmly yet gently. Do make sure you dry the louver afterward, especially before closing it.
Plantation shutters have many components. If these components malfunction, you can get them fixed in most instances. The exceptions include lost parts and major structural damage to the louvers or to the shutter frame. Those exceptions will require replacements.
Choosing between fixing the plantation shutters yourself or letting the pros do it should be determined by the extent of the repairs. Best of luck and enjoy your newly repaired plantation shutters!