When you are ready to have plantation shutters installed into your home in Las Vegas, you may be shopping around to see what types of products are available for your home, and how much they cost. If you have talked to a few sales people and had them provide you with bids on your job based on measuring your windows, you may notice that some are more expensive than others. If the cost is part of your decision making process (which it probably is) then you should have all of the information before you decide so that you do not end up regretting anything later. Some shutters are cheaper to make than others, and some methods of installing cost less than others, which is probably the major factors that are creating the differences in price you are seeing. Even though the shutters are shaped to look very much the same, in Las Vegas the quality of the wood and the installation is going to be what decides if you need to have them replaced in a few years, or never have to replace them at all. Most home owners assume that once they install the plantation shutters they will never need to replace them, but unfortunately in Las Vegas this is not the case if you buy cheap shutters. The less expensive materials that they are constructed with do not hold up to the constant heat and sun, and the dry conditions do not allow cheaper woods to expand and contract without splitting. Many people who choose to install cheap shutters end up noticing the splitting occurring after a few years, and many will also notice that the louvers warp and do not close tight after even less time than that. Because the sun in Las Vegas is so abusive, the only way to avoid these issues is to purchase shutters that are made of high quality basswood, which is proven to be able to withstand the Las Vegas heat without the same issues of splitting and warping that the cheaper poly and plastic shutters will often have.
Another way that costs are cut down is by installing using techniques that do not stand the test of time and heat. By using a nail gun instead of screws, an installation job will generally take 1/3 less time than if screws are used to hold each frame in place. By having each job take less time, the prices can be lower but ultimately the quality does not hold up over time. You will notice gaps starting to form after a while, caused by the wood expanding and contracting with the seasons, and the joints that hold the shutters together will begin to come apart. By taking extra time at installation time, these issues are avoided and you will end up with shutters that last far longer. So when you are ready to make a decision about your shutters, ask the salesman what they are made from, and if screws are used instead of nails. Make your decision if you want cheap shutters or affordable ones.