Destin Asks: What’s the Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters?

Eric Ramsey

Destin Florida exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Destin home, in any space, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house. And that may be where some confusion can occur.

Interior and exterior shutters are totally different window coverings, and if you’re flying blind, you can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Here is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we have to state that Sunburst Shutters Destin doesn’t build or sell exterior home shutters. Instead, our area of expertise is in elegant interior shutters for Destin homes.

Exterior shutters really only serve one of two purposes: they’re either purely for looks as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” made to protect your windows from heavy damage during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look fantastic on very specific home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly rare barring a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like normal shutters, but rather look like large aluminum sheets.

Outdoor shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They can’t make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can add a layer of color to your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

  • You get heavy storms in your area and want to protect your windows.

  • You want to add a some flair to your house’s exterior.

  • You have enough space around your windows to install exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our specialty, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining looks and usability. Placed directly in or above your window jamb, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re installed. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters are able to mount on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that high quality interior shutters bring your house is unequaled, and they’re incredibly versatile. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an assortment of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Destin bedroom.
 
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in Destin block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting louvers on a set of plantation shutters also offer a wide range of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Think about interior shutters if:

  • You want the maximum control of your home’s lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You want a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add some elegance your home, and color match your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you’re wanting the protection, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Give us a call at 850-203-0419 today and schedule your free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.