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

July 05, 2017

Dallas Texas interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters work just about anywhere – in any Dallas house, in any room, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some confusion can occur.

Interior and exterior shutters are completely different things, and if you’re flying blind, you could 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 off, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Dallas doesn’t make or sell exterior home shutters. Instead, our area of expertise is in elegant interior shutters for Dallas homes.

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

Decorative exterior shutters typically look good on very particular styles of homes, like Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare outside of a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even resemble normal shutters, but rather look like large iron sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those outdoor shutters that do open and close on your window, there usually isn’t much functionality to them. They aren’t able to 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 much-needed color accent to your home.

Think About 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 to install exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our specialty, and they’re the ultimate window treatment in combining style and usability. Installed directly in or on top of your window frame, 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, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that high quality plantation shutters can add to your house is unmatched, and shutters are incredibly multifaceted. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an assortment of colors, stains, and frame options to suit your personal style.

White shutters in Dallas bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Dallas block heat better than any other window treatment on the market, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also let you have a full spectrum of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Consider interior shutters if:

  • You want to be able to control your lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You want a versatile, long-lasting window treatment.

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

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you want the value, style, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 214-301-5066 today and schedule your free in-home consultation.