The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Rundown for Colorado Springs Homeowners

Gary Harding

Colorado Springs Colorado interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters can go just about anywhere – in any Colorado Springs home, in any space, on any window shape, and even on the outside of your house. And that may be where a few homeowners have questions.

Exterior and interior shutters are totally different products, and if you don’t know about the differences, you might spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. Here is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

First, we need to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs does not build or sell exterior shutters. Rather, our specialty is in stylish interior shutters for Colorado Springs homes.

Exterior shutters really only serve one of two purposes: they’re either just for looks as a complement to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” built to guard your windows from debris during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters usually look good on very particular home styles, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon barring a few areas of the U.S., and most hurricane shutters don’t even look like normal shutters, but rather look like large iron sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

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

Think about exterior shutters if:

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

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining fashion and functionality. Placed directly in or above your window frame, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters can go on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality interior shutters can add to your space is unequaled, and they’re incredibly versatile. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to contemporary apartments, and have a range of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your taste.

Interior shutters in Colorado Springs bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in Colorado Springs can help block heat more effectively than any other window treatment on the market, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting louvers on a set of plantation shutters also let you have a wide range of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Think about interior shutters if:

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

  • You need a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add visual interest to the inside of your home, and color match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you’re wanting the value, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call our team at 303-625-6431 today and set up a free in-home consultation.