The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Guide for Boise Homeowners

Spencer Madsen

Boise Idaho indoor and outdoor shutters

Shutters work almost anywhere – in any Boise home, in any room, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house. And that may be where a few homeowners have questions.

Exterior and interior shutters are extremely different window coverings, and if you’re uneducated on the differences, you can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions doesn’t build or sell exterior shutters. Instead, our area of expertise is in fashionable interior shutters for the home.

Outdoor shutters really only do one of two things: they’re either just for looks as a complement to your windows, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from debris during harsh weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look good on very specific styles of homes, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon outside of a few areas of the country, and many types don’t even look like typical shutters, and instead look like large iron sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those outdoor shutters that do open and close on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. 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 serve to give a much-needed color accent to your home.

Look into exterior shutters if:

  • You get heavy storms in your area and need to protect your windows.

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our specialty, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining style and functionality. Placed directly in or above your window jamb, interior shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re put in. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, in any room of your house.

The fashion that classic interior shutters bring your house is unrivaled, and they’re extremely versatile. Plantation shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Craftsman homes to chic houses, and have an assortment of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Boise bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood faux wood shutters in Boise can help block heat more effectively than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The adjustable louvers on a shutter panel also let you have a wide range of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Look into interior shutters if:

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

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

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

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

It’s likely, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call us at 208-609-9129 today and set up your free in-home estimate.