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

Bill Burke

Indianapolis IN outdoor and indoor shutters

Shutters work almost anywhere – in any Indianapolis home, in any space, on any window, and even outside– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are extremely different things, and if you aren’t in the know, you could waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we need to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis does not build or sell exterior shutters. Rather, we specialize in stylish interior shutters for Indianapolis homes.

Exterior shutters tend to serve one of two purposes: they’re either only for looks as an accent to your windows, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” built to guard your windows from heavy damage during severe weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look great on very specific styles of homes, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare outside of a few areas of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like normal shutters, and instead look like large aluminum sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those outdoor 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 have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can serve to give a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

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

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining aesthetics and practicality. Placed directly in or above your window frame, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality plantation shutters can add to your space is unmatched, and they’re incredibly multifaceted. Indoor shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to contemporary apartments, and have a range of colors, finishes, and frame options to fit your personal style.

White shutters in Indianapolis bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood faux wood shutters in Indianapolis block heat more effectively than any other window treatment on the market, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The adjustable louvers on a set of plantation shutters also offer a full spectrum of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Look into interior shutters if:

  • You need to be able to control your lighting, home temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add some elegance your home, and color match your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

It’s likely, if you want the value, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call us at 317-558-9066 today and set up a free in-home consultation.