San Antonio Asks: What’s the Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters?

Tyler Jorgensen

San Antonio TX outdoor and indoor shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go almost anywhere – in any San Antonio house, in any space, on any window shape, and even outside. And that may be where some confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are very different things, and if you’re not aware of the differences, you could waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters San Antonio does not make or deal in exterior shutters. Instead, we specialize in stylish interior shutters for San Antonio homes.

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

Decorative exterior shutters usually look great on very specific styles of homes, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly rare barring a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like typical shutters, but rather look like large metal sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those outdoor 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. Despite all 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 want to protect your windows.

  • You want to add a splash of color to the outside of your house.

  • You have enough space around your windows to put in outdoor shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining aesthetics and practicality. Put in directly in or above your window frame, 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, in any room of your house.

The style that classic plantation shutters give your house is unmatched, and they’re incredibly flexible. Indoor shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to chic houses, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to suit your taste.

Plantation shutters in San Antonio bedroom.
 
As for tangible benefits, plantation shutters may be the most effective window treatment. Polywood faux wood shutters in San Antonio can help block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment on the market, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also give you a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Consider interior shutters if:

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

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

  • You need to add some elegance your home, and match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you want the protection, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call us at 210-876-0377 today and set up a free in-home consultation.