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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Rundown for Fort Myers Homeowners

July 05, 2017

Fort Myers Florida interior and exterior shutters

Shutters are able to go almost anywhere – in any Fort Myers home, in any space, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house. And that may be where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are totally different things, and if you don’t know about the differences, you can waste time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

First, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers doesn’t make or deal in exterior shutters. Rather, our specialty is in elegant interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters tend to do one of two things: either they’re just for looks as an accent to your windows, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from debris during severe weather.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look fantastic on very specific styles of homes, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon outside of a few areas of the country, and many types don’t even resemble typical shutters, and instead look like large iron sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They can’t make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can add a much-needed color accent to your home.

Think About Exterior Shutters If:

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

  • You want to add a color accent to your home.

  • You have adequate space around your windows to install exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining looks and functionality. 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 can fit on any window, in any room of your house.

The fashion that high quality interior shutters can add to your space is unequaled, and shutters are incredibly versatile. Plantation shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to chic houses, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to fit your taste.

Interior shutters in Fort Myers bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Fort Myers block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also offer a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Consider interior shutters if:

  • You want the maximum control of your home’s lighting, home temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a flexible, long-lasting window treatment.

  • You want to add some elegance your home, and match your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

Chances are, if you want the value, style, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call our team at 239-208-6577 today and set up your free in-home estimate.