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

Kevin McCormack

Jacksonville FL indoor and outdoor shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Jacksonville home, in any room, on any window, and even outside. And that may be where some confusion can occur.

Interior and exterior shutters are very different window coverings, and if you’re uneducated on the differences, you can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we have to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville does not make or sell exterior shutters. Rather, we specialize in elegant interior shutters for Jacksonville homes.

Outdoor shutters really only do one of two things: either they’re just for looks as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from heavy damage during intense storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look great on very specific home styles, like Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare outside of a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even resemble what you envision when you think of shutters, but rather look like large iron 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 are unable to make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can add a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Look into exterior shutters if:

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

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining fashion and usability. Placed directly in or above your window frame, interior 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, in any room of your house.

The style that premier interior shutters bring your space is unequaled, and they’re incredibly multifaceted. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to chic houses, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to fit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Jacksonville bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Jacksonville block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, keeping your house more comfortable. The adjustable louvers on a shutter panel also give you a wide range of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Consider interior shutters if:

  • You need the maximum control of your home’s lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

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

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

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you’re wanting the value, style, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Give us a call at 904-289-1663 today and schedule a free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.