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

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

Fort Myers Florida outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters work 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 confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are extremely different things, and if you’re not aware of 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 make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers doesn’t make or deal in exterior shutters. Rather, our specialty is in elegant interior shutters for the home.

Outdoor shutters tend to do one of two things: either they’re only for looks as an accent to your windows, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” built to guard your windows from debris during harsh 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 normal shutters, and instead look like large iron sheets.

Outdoor 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.

Consider 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 adequate space around your windows for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining style 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 go on any window, in any room of your house.

The fashion that high quality interior shutters bring your space is unequaled, and shutters are incredibly versatile. Plantation shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Craftsman homes to chic houses, and have an array 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, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also offer a full spectrum of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Think about 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 consultation.