Have you ever bought something that you didn’t appreciate paying for? It happens to me sometimes. Usually, I don’t appreciate it because I am unaware of the manufacturing cost of it. I’ve found that companies don’t usually release the cost of california shutters which they carry for one of two reasons:

  • They don’t want you to see their profit margin [which may or not be as high as you expect it to.
  • They don’t want their competitors to use this information to better their products.

In the California shutter and window covering industries this is followed as a strict consensus among most manufacturing companies. If you’re reading this article, you probably want to know the cost of California Shutters. This will help you get the best california shutters price in toronto. Recently, we’ve gotten a lot of requests to break down this cost for our present and future customers. So, the operations team here at Shutter Boys has generously compiled an average cost breakdown for California shutters in Toronto. These Questions and more will be covered in the following article.

  • What are California Shutters?

  • What is the cost of California shutters in Ontario?

  • Do all California Shutter manufacturers in Ontario charge the same?

Before I begin breaking down our shutter prices, I would like to first tell you about my first experience discussing California shutter prices. I thought you had to be a rich person to have these ‘things’ installed in your windows. I was eight years old. My father and I were driving in his 1999 Astro van, back from furnishing a large home in Oakville with custom made plantation shutters (they have larger louvers than California shutters). My job that day was to be the tool holder. As I watched my dad and his two installers put these ‘large white things’ in the windows of a home that was almost twice the size of my own, I remember thinking, these people must be rich. I’ve never seen my dad sweat like that before.

Dad and Son Talk About Cost of Plantation Shutters

As we were driving home, I asked him in a high-pitch eight-year-old voice, “Dad are we rich”?

“Well, we aren’t poor!”, he exclaimed.

I said, “Dad, did you lose a million dollars?

Dad: “What?!?” [typical Italian response]

Me: “Last time I saw you sweat that much was when you owed the bank a million dollars.” [LOL]

He laughed, and said “Well God knows I should’ve charged a million dollars for that job!” [sarcasm].

Why did my dad feel that way? Because the customers did not fully understand the cost breakdown of their plantation shutters. With all sarcasm aside, I learned a very important lesson that day about cost and clients. Sometimes we [the company] don’t get paid what we should get paid. The quality of the product and services that we provide customers may not be sufficiently represented in its cost.

What are California Shutters?

Before I break down the cost of California shutters, I will give you a brief description of what they are. California shutters are common wood or vinyl interior window coverings that let in light through the movement of vertical slats, or louvers, which line the mid to interior sections of this window fashion. California shutters can have two top-and-bottom movable regions with the presence of a dividing mid rail. People commonly referred to california shutters as plantation shutters or window shutters. The main difference between plantation shutters and California shutters is the louver size. We make California shutters with 2.5” louvers while and plantation shutters fashion larger 3.5” louvers. We can make California shutters into a variety of materials and colours, where the most common California shutter colour is white.

What is the cost of California shutters in Ontario?

Now that you know a bit about what California shutters are, I can finally tell you how much they cost. The average cost of a California shutter in Ontario ranges from $14 /sq.ft to $35 /sq.ft . For the average house that has approximately 250 sq.ft of windows, this will cost approximately $3500 + HST on the low end for a very cheap shutter product, to upwards of $8800 + HST on the high-end product range. Cheap products are not recommended, just look at this California shutter discussion on redflagfeals.ca to find out why. Most people go for a mid-quality product that ranges in the $22 – $28 /sq.ft range. The highest quality California shutters usually cost between

The highest quality California shutters usually cost between $28- $35 /sq.ft, these California shutters are usually made with the highest quality Canadian hardwoods or vinyl extrusions available on the market today. California Shutters Toronto’s Pricing Guide helps us dive into the pricing of shutters in ontario. Check it out below.

California Shutters Toronto Pricing Guide

Breaking Down The Cost of California Shutters.

So, what are you paying for when you purchase California shutters with us? Here’s a chart of what you are paying for:

  • Labor accounts for 37% of the cost. This includes all the manufacturing costs needed to make your shutters.
  • Materials account for approximately 25% of all California shutter costs.
  • Office & Administration fee accounts for 19% of the total cost. This helps with the processing of your order.
  • 13% of the total cost is used just to install them.
  • That leaves the remaining 6% to cover transportation expenses.

Cost of California Shutters Broken Down

The above pricing guides are estimates. The cost for buying california shutters for your home will vary depending on the degree of customization. Let me just take some time to explain why our costs are so high. At Shutter boys, we do not only provide you with an exceptional wood shutter product. Our main goal, is to deliver you happiness. Why happiness? Because a smile received from a good job well done, lasts a lifetime. Just think, every time you look at your shutters, you will remember how our sales staff and installers went out of our way to give you an exceptional experience – right from first contact to final delivery. Therefore, we will never cheap out or cut ANY corners.

For your reference, here’s an infographic from Home advisor on the average cost of plantation shutter installation charges in 2017 for window treatments installed in the US. If you have extra time, also check out this improve net guide to plantation shutters installation if you decide to get it done on your own.

Plantation Shutters Cost Guide


Our California Shutters are made to last a lifetime. Seriously though. They are made with 100% Canadian materials. Our Shutters that we manufacture in house are made with premium level poplar supplied by Brenlo Inc. Additionally, we use the highest quality paints and stains that are available on the market today. Chemcraft is the paint brand name of our choice. We add a special UV inhibitor to our special shutter paint mixture, to ensure that your shutters will never peel, yellow or crack. If you’re in the market for Vinyl California Shutters in the GTA, we break down the quality, design and price of the three best sold polystain shutter brands in Ontario! Bottom line. When you call us once, you will only call us again when you move. That’s how confident we are that our product will live up to the usual wear and tear expected from living everyday life. If you are in the market for other window coverings, please contact our partner blind company, A Divine Window Coverings here.

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