Hartford Asks: What’s the Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters?

Holly Perron

Hartford Connecticut interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters can go almost anywhere – in any Hartford home, in any space, on any size window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Interior and exterior shutters are completely different things, and if you aren’t in the know, you might spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. Here is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we need to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Hartford doesn’t build or sell exterior home shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in elegant interior shutters for your home.

Exterior shutters usually just serve one of two purposes: either they’re just for looks as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” made to protect your windows from heavy damage during severe storms.

Decorative exterior shutters usually look good on very particular home styles, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are somewhat uncommon barring a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even resemble normal shutters, and instead look like large metal sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They are unable 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 layer of color to your home.

Look into exterior shutters if:

  • You want to guard your windows from heavy storm damage.

  • 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 specialty, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining looks and functionality. Placed directly in or on top of your window jamb, interior shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re put in. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters are able to go on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that high quality plantation shutters bring your space is unmatched, and shutters are extremely multifaceted. Interior shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an array of colors, finishes, and frame options to suit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Hartford bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Hartford block heat better than any other window treatment on the market, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also give you a wide range of lighting options, a big benefit over draperies and shades.

Look into interior shutters if:

  • You want to be able to control your lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You want to add some more fashion your home, and match your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you’re wanting the value, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call us at 860-266-5459 today and set up a free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.