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

July 05, 2017

St. George Utah exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters work 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 confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are completely different things, and if you aren’t in the know, 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

Upfront, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters St. George doesn’t build or deal in exterior home shutters. Rather, we specialize in elegant interior shutters for St. George homes.

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,” built to protect your windows from debris during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically 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 aren’t able 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 practicality. Placed directly in or on top of your window frame, interior shutters become a piece of your home the moment 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 premier interior shutters bring your house is unmatched, and shutters are incredibly multifaceted. Indoor shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to ultra-modern condos, 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 can help block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. 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 to be able to control your lighting, home 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 Expert

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