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

Neil Blackwelder

Charlotte NC interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters work almost anywhere – in any Charlotte home, in any space, on any window shape, and even outside– and that’s where some confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are very different window coverings, and if you’re flying blind, 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

Upfront, we have to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Charlotte doesn’t build or deal in exterior home shutters. Instead, we specialize in fashionable interior shutters for your home.

Exterior shutters tend to serve one of two purposes: they’re either only 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 to install exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our specialty, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining aesthetics and functionality. Installed directly in or on top of your window frame, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment 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 bring your home is unrivaled, and shutters are incredibly flexible. Plantation shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to chic houses, and have a range of colors, stains, and frame options to fit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Charlotte bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood faux wood shutters in Charlotte can help 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 let you have 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, indoor 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 Pro

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.