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

Todd Hansen

Orlando FL exterior and interior shutters

Shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Orlando home, in any space, on any size window, and even outside. And that may be where a few homeowners have questions.

Interior and exterior shutters are extremely different things, and if you aren’t in the know, you can waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Here is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we need to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Orlando doesn’t build or deal in exterior home shutters. Rather, our specialty is in fashionable interior shutters for Orlando homes.

Exterior shutters tend to serve one of two purposes: either they’re just for decoration as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” built to guard your windows from debris during severe storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look good on very particular styles of homes, like Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are fairly rare except in a few parts of the U.S., and most hurricane shutters don’t even look like typical shutters, but rather look like large iron sheets.

Outdoor shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those outdoor shutters that do open and shut 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 have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can add a layer of color to your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

  • You need to guard your windows from intense 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 area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining style and practicality. Placed directly in or on top of your window jamb, indoor shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re put in. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, in any room of your house.

The style that premier interior shutters can add to your home is unrivaled, and they’re incredibly multifaceted. Indoor 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, stains, and frame options to suit your taste.

Interior shutters in Orlando bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters may be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Orlando block heat better than any other window treatment available, keeping your house more comfortable. 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.

Look into interior shutters if:

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

  • You want a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You want to add some more fashion your home, and complement your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you’re wanting the value, looks, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Give us a call at 407-630-7011 today and schedule your free in-home estimate.