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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Guide for San Diego Homeowners

July 05, 2017

San Diego California interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters work just about anywhere – in any San Diego house, in any room, on any size window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where a few homeowners have questions.

Interior and exterior shutters are completely different products, and if you’re uneducated on the differences, you could waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we need to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters San Diego doesn’t build or sell exterior shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in stylish interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters really only serve one of two purposes: they’re either purely for decoration as an accent to your windows, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from damage during severe storms.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look great on very specific styles of homes, like Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon except in a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even resemble what you envision when you think of shutters, and instead look like large iron sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

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 form a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can serve to give a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Think About Exterior Shutters If:

  • You want to guard your windows from severe storm damage.

  • You want to add a color accent to your home.

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining looks and usability. Put in directly in or on top of your window jamb, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to go on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality plantation shutters give your space is unmatched, and shutters are extremely flexible. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to contemporary apartments, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to suit your personal style.

Plantation shutters in San Diego bedroom.
As for tangible benefits, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in San Diego block heat more effectively than any other window treatment available, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also offer a full spectrum of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You want to be able to control your lighting, inside temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a flexible, long-lasting window treatment.

  • You want to add some elegance your home, and color match your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

It’s likely, if you’re wanting the value, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call our team at 760-405-8887 today and schedule a free in-home estimate.