The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Rundown for St. George Homeowners

Kasey Udy

St. George UT exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters can go just about anywhere – in any St. George home, in any space, on any window shape, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are completely different things, and if you’re flying blind, you might waste time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we have to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters St. George doesn’t build or deal in exterior home shutters. Rather, our specialty is in fashionable interior shutters for your home.

Exterior shutters tend to do one of two things: they’re either purely for looks as a complement to your home’s siding, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” made to protect your windows from heavy damage during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters usually look fantastic on very particular home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare outside of a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even resemble typical shutters, and instead look like large steel sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those exterior shutters that do open and shut on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They are unable to make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can add a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

  • You need to guard your windows from intense storm damage.

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

  • You have adequate space around your windows for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining style and functionality. Placed directly in or on top of your window frame, interior shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re put in. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to fit on any window, in any room of your house.

The fashion that high quality interior shutters can add to your house is unmatched, and shutters are incredibly multifaceted. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to contemporary apartments, and have a range of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your taste.

Plantation shutters in St. George bedroom.
As for tangible benefits, plantation shutters may be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in St. George are able to 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 full spectrum of lighting options, a big benefit over draperies and shades.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You need better control over lighting, home temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You want a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add visual interest to the inside of your home, and complement your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call us at 435-485-9332 today and set up a free in-home consultation.