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

Eric Ramsey

Gainesville FL outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Gainesville house, in any space, on any window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Interior and exterior shutters are totally different things, and if you’re uneducated on the differences, you could spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we have to state that Sunburst Shutters Gainesville doesn’t make or sell exterior home shutters. Instead, our specialty is in fashionable interior shutters for Gainesville homes.

Outdoor shutters really only serve one of two purposes: they’re either purely for decoration as an accent to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from heavy damage during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look fantastic on very specific home styles, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon barring a few areas of the U.S., and most hurricane shutters don’t even resemble normal shutters, and instead look like large steel sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and shut on your window, there usually isn’t much functionality to them. They are unable to form a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can add 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 for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining aesthetics and practicality. Placed directly in or on top of your window jamb, interior shutters blend into your home’s furnishings from the minute they’re installed. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters can go on any window, in any room of your house.

The fashion that premier plantation shutters can add to your home is unmatched, and shutters are extremely multifaceted. Plantation shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Craftsman homes to chic houses, and have an array of colors, stains, and frame options to fit your taste.

Interior shutters in Gainesville bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in Gainesville can help block heat more effectively than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The adjustable louvers on a shutter panel also give you a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You want better control over lighting, inside temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a flexible, resilient window treatment.

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

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

It’s likely, if you want the protection, looks, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call us at 813-602-5966 today and set up a free in-home consultation.