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The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Rundown for Destin Homeowners

July 05, 2017

Destin Florida exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters work 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 your home.

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

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look great on very specific home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly rare except in a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like typical 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.

Consider 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 for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining style and usability. Placed directly in or above your window jamb, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment 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 can add to your house is unequaled, and they’re incredibly versatile. Interior shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to contemporary apartments, and have an assortment of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Destin bedroom.
On the practical side, 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, unlike shades or draperies.

Think about interior shutters if:

  • You want the maximum control of your home’s lighting, inside 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.