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

Lisa Renee Nieberding

Cincinnati OH indoor and outdoor shutters

Plantation shutters are able to go just about anywhere – in any Cincinnati house, in any space, on any type of window, and even outside– and that’s where some confusion can occur.

Interior and exterior shutters are completely different things, and if you don’t know about 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 make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati does not make or deal in exterior home shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in stylish interior shutters for Cincinnati homes.

Exterior shutters really only do one of two things: either they’re purely for looks as a complement to your home’s siding, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” designed to protect your windows from debris during harsh 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 areas of the U.S., 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 shut on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They are unable to make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) 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 area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining aesthetics and practicality. Installed directly in or on top of your window frame, indoor shutters blend into your home’s furnishings from the minute they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to go on any window, anywhere in your home.

The style that high quality plantation shutters bring your home is unrivaled, and they’re incredibly versatile. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an array of colors, finishes, and frame options to suit your taste.

White shutters in Cincinnati bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters may be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Cincinnati can help block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The adjustable 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 need to be able to control your lighting, inside temperature, and energy-efficiency.

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

  • You need to add style to your home, and color match your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

It’s likely, if you want the protection, looks, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call our team at 513-216-9740 today and set up a free in-home estimate.