The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Rundown for Denver Homeowners

Gary Harding

Denver Colorado exterior and interior shutters

Shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Denver home, in any room, on any size window, 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 aren’t in the know, you might waste time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Denver doesn’t build or sell exterior shutters. Instead, our specialty is in stylish interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters usually just serve one of two purposes: either they’re only for looks as an accent to your windows, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” designed to guard your windows from damage during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look fantastic on very particular home styles, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are somewhat uncommon outside of a few areas of the country, and many types don’t even resemble typical shutters, and instead look like large iron sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

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. Despite all that, exterior shutters can add a layer of color to your home.

You might need exterior shutters if:

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

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

  • You have enough space around your windows for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window treatment in combining fashion and functionality. Put in directly in or on top of your window frame, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re put in. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters are able to fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that classic plantation shutters give your space is unequaled, and they’re incredibly multifaceted. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an array of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your taste.

White shutters in Denver bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Denver can help block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment on the market, keeping your house more comfortable. The tilting louvers on a set of plantation shutters also let you have a wide range of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Consider interior shutters if:

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

  • You want a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You want to add some more fashion your home, and match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

It’s likely, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call us at 720-538-0182 today and set up a free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.