The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Guide for Southern California Homeowners

Kimball Jones

Southern California California outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters work almost anywhere – in any Southern California home, in any space, on any window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are totally different window coverings, and if you don’t know about the differences, you can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Southern CA doesn’t build or sell exterior shutters. Rather, we specialize in fashionable interior shutters for Southern California homes.

Outdoor shutters really only serve one of two purposes: either they’re only for looks as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from heavy damage during severe storms.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look fantastic on very particular styles of homes, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon barring a few parts of the country, and most hurricane shutters don’t even resemble what you envision when you think of shutters, but rather look like large steel sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those outdoor shutters that do open and shut 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. Despite all 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 want to protect your windows.

  • You want to add a splash of color to the outside of your house.

  • You have enough 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. Installed directly in or above your window frame, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re installed. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters are able to mount on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality plantation shutters bring your home is unmatched, and they’re extremely flexible. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to contemporary apartments, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to suit your taste.

Interior shutters in Southern California bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Southern California are able to block heat better than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting 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.

Think about interior shutters if:

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

  • You want a versatile, long-lasting window treatment.

  • You want to add style to your home, and complement your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

It’s likely, if you want the protection, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 888-611-2474 today and schedule a free in-home consultation.