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

Jacob Hayes

Kingsport TN interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters work almost anywhere – in any Kingsport house, in any room, on any size window, and even outside. And that may be where some homeowners might get confused.

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

First off, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Kingsport doesn’t build or sell exterior home shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in fashionable interior shutters for Kingsport homes.

Exterior shutters tend to serve one of two purposes: either they’re just for looks as an accent to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from heavy damage during severe 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 much-needed color accent to 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, anywhere in your home.

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

Plantation shutters in Kingsport bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Kingsport block heat more efficiently 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 let you have 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 some elegance your home, and complement your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

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