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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Guide for Bluff City Homeowners

July 05, 2017

Bluff City TN outdoor and indoor shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go almost anywhere – in any Bluff City house, in any room, on any size window, and even outside. And that may be where some confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are very different things, and if you don’t know about the differences, you could waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters NW Tennessee doesn’t build or sell exterior home shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in fashionable interior shutters for Bluff City homes.

Exterior shutters tend to serve one of two purposes: either they’re only for looks as an accent to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from debris during harsh weather.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look great on very particular home styles, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly rare except in a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even resemble typical shutters, but rather look like large aluminum sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those exterior shutters that do open and shut on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They aren’t able 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 splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Look Into Exterior Shutters If:

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

  • You want to add a some flair to your house’s exterior.

  • You have adequate 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 looks and usability. Placed directly in or above your window frame, interior shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re installed. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters are able to fit on any window, in any room of your house.

The style that high quality plantation shutters can add to your house is unequaled, and they’re incredibly versatile. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an assortment of colors, textures, and frame options to fit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Bluff City bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Bluff City block heat more effectively than any other window treatment on the market, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The adjustable louvers on a set of plantation shutters also give you a full spectrum of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You need better control over lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a versatile, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add visual interest to the inside of your home, and color match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you want the protection, looks, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call us at 276-685-5343 today and schedule your free in-home estimate.