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

Greg Arnett

Phoenix AZ indoor and outdoor shutters

Shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Phoenix house, in any room, on any window shape, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where a few homeowners have questions.

Interior and exterior shutters are completely different products, and if you’re uneducated on the differences, you could waste time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

First, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Phoenix does not build or sell exterior shutters. Instead, we specialize in fashionable interior shutters for your home.

Exterior shutters really only serve one of two purposes: they’re either purely for looks as a complement to your windows, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” designed to guard your windows from heavy damage during harsh weather.

Decorative exterior shutters usually look great on very specific home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare except in a few parts of the U.S., and most hurricane shutters don’t even look like what you envision when you think of shutters, but rather look like large metal 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 are unable to form a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can serve to give a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

  • You need to guard your windows from severe storm damage.

  • You want to add a some flair to your house’s exterior.

  • 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 ultimate window covering in combining fashion and functionality. Installed directly in or on top of your window frame, indoor shutters blend into your home’s furnishings from the minute they’re put in. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to mount on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that high quality plantation shutters bring your house is unequaled, and shutters are extremely multifaceted. Plantation shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to contemporary apartments, and have an array of colors, finishes, and frame options to suit your taste.

White shutters in Phoenix bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in Phoenix block heat more efficiently 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 wide range of lighting options, a big benefit over draperies and shades.

Think about interior shutters if:

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

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

  • You want to add some elegance your home, and match your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you’re wanting the value, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 480-485-7743 today and schedule a free in-home estimate.