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

Danielle Micich

Fort Lauderdale FL outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters can go just about anywhere – in any Fort Lauderdale home, in any space, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are completely different window coverings, and if you’re flying blind, you might spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something that isn’t what you need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we have to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale doesn’t build or deal in exterior home shutters. Instead, our specialty is in stylish interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters really only do one of two things: they’re either purely for decoration as an accent to your windows, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from debris during harsh storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look good on very particular styles of homes, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon barring a few areas of the U.S., and most hurricane shutters don’t even resemble what you envision when you think of shutters, but rather look like large metal sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, there usually isn’t much functionality to them. They are unable to make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can serve to give a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Consider exterior shutters if:

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

  • You want to add a some flair to your house’s exterior.

  • You have enough space around your windows to put in outdoor shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining style and functionality. Put in directly in or on top of your window jamb, interior shutters blend into your home’s furnishings from the minute they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to go on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that classic interior shutters give your home is unequaled, and they’re incredibly multifaceted. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to contemporary apartments, and have an array of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your personal style.

White shutters in Fort Lauderdale bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale are able to block heat more efficiently 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.

Consider interior shutters if:

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

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

  • You want to add style to your home, and match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you’re wanting the protection, looks, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call our team at 561-440-8535 today and set up your free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.