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The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Rundown for Salt Lake City Homeowners

July 05, 2017

Salt Lake City Utah outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters are able to go almost anywhere – in any Salt Lake City home, in any room, on any window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where a few homeowners have questions.

Interior and exterior shutters are very different things, and if you aren’t in the know, you can waste time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we need to state that Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City doesn’t build or sell exterior shutters. Instead, our area of expertise is in elegant interior shutters for your home.

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

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look fantastic on very particular home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare outside of a few areas of the country, and most hurricane shutters don’t even look like normal shutters, and instead look like large metal sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those outdoor shutters that do open and shut on your window, there usually isn’t much functionality to them. They aren’t able to make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can serve to give a much-needed color accent to your home.

Think About 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 adequate space around your windows for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining fashion and functionality. Put in directly in or above your window frame, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re put in. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality plantation shutters can add to your space is unrivaled, and shutters are incredibly multifaceted. Indoor shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Craftsman homes to ultra-modern condos, and have a range of colors, stains, and frame options to suit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Salt Lake City bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Salt Lake City can help block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment on the market, keeping your house more comfortable. The tilting louvers on a set of plantation shutters also let you have 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 need a flexible, resilient window treatment.

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

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

It’s likely, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call our team at 801-515-3598 today and schedule a free in-home consultation.