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

Dan Taylor

Atlanta Georgia exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters work almost anywhere – in any Atlanta house, in any space, on any window, and even outside– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Interior and exterior shutters are very different window coverings, and if you aren’t in the know, you can waste time or money shopping around for something that isn’t what you need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Atlanta doesn’t make or sell exterior home shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in elegant interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters usually just do one of two things: they’re either only for decoration as a complement to your home’s siding, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from heavy damage during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look good on very particular styles of homes, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are somewhat uncommon except in a few areas of the country, and many types don’t even look like normal shutters, and instead look like large steel sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, there usually isn’t much functionality to them. They can’t form a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can add a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Consider exterior shutters if:

  • You want to protect your windows from severe storm damage.

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window treatment in combining looks and usability. Placed directly in or above your window jamb, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters can mount on any window, in any room of your house.

The style that high quality plantation shutters bring your house is unmatched, and they’re incredibly versatile. Plantation shutters can serve as an amazing accent to 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 Atlanta bedroom.
 
As for tangible benefits, plantation shutters may be the most effective window treatment. Polywood faux wood shutters in Atlanta are able to 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 set of plantation shutters also give you a wide range of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Consider interior shutters if:

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

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

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

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

It’s likely, if you want the value, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 404-962-8517 today and set up a free in-home estimate.