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

Matt Thelander

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 type of 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 could waste time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

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

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

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look great on very particular home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly 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 steel sheets.

Outdoor 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.

Consider exterior shutters if:

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

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining fashion and practicality. 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 premier plantation shutters can add to your space is unrivaled, and shutters are incredibly multifaceted. Interior 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, textures, and frame options to suit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Salt Lake City bedroom.
 
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Salt Lake City are able to block heat more effectively 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 to be able to control your 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. Give us a call at 801-515-3598 today and schedule a free in-home estimate.