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

Collins Jones

Dallas Texas interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Dallas house, in any room, on any 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 can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Dallas doesn’t make or sell exterior home shutters. Instead, our area of expertise is in fashionable interior shutters for Dallas homes.

Outdoor shutters really only serve one of two purposes: either they’re only 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 are unable 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 splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Consider exterior shutters if:

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

  • You want to add a splash of color to the outside of your house.

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the ultimate window treatment in combining looks and usability. Installed 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 outdoor shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that premier plantation shutters bring your house is unrivaled, and shutters are incredibly flexible. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Craftsman homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an array of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your personal style.

White shutters in Dallas bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, 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, unlike shades or draperies.

Consider interior shutters if:

  • You want better control over lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You want a versatile, 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 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 estimate.