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

Tyson Williams

San Diego CA outdoor and indoor shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go 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 can waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, 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 the 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.

Consider exterior shutters if:

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

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining looks and usability. Installed directly in or on top of your window jamb, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality plantation shutters give your space is unrivaled, and shutters are extremely flexible. Indoor shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to ultra-modern condos, 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, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also offer a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You want better control over lighting, inside temperature, and energy-efficiency.

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

  • You want to add some elegance your home, and complement your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

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