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The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Guide for Charlotte Homeowners

July 05, 2017

Charlotte North Carolina outdoor and indoor shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go almost anywhere – in any Charlotte home, in any space, on any window shape, and even outside– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are very different window coverings, 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 is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

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

Exterior shutters really only serve one of two purposes: they’re either just for decoration as an accent to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” made to protect your windows from damage during severe weather.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look good on very specific styles of homes, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon outside of a few areas of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like typical shutters, but rather look like large iron sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those outdoor 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. Despite all that, exterior shutters can serve to give a layer of color to your home.

Look Into 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 for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our specialty, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining aesthetics and functionality. Put in directly in or on top of 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 can fit on any window, in any room of your house.

The style that classic interior shutters can add to your space is unmatched, and shutters are incredibly flexible. Plantation shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Craftsman homes to chic houses, and have a range of colors, textures, and frame options to fit your personal style.

White shutters in Charlotte bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood faux wood shutters in Charlotte are able to block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, keeping your house more comfortable. The adjustable louvers on a set of plantation shutters also give you a wide range of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You need the maximum control of your home’s lighting, inside temperature, and energy-efficiency.

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

  • You want to add style to your home, and color match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you want the value, looks, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call our team at 980-231-1116 today and set up your free in-home consultation.