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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Guide for Washington DC Homeowners

July 05, 2017

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Plantation shutters can go almost anywhere – in any Washington DC home, in any room, on any size window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where a few homeowners have questions.

Exterior and interior shutters are very different products, and if you aren’t in the know, you can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Here is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters DC does not make or deal in exterior home shutters. Instead, we specialize in elegant interior shutters for the home.

Exterior shutters usually just do one of two things: either they’re only for decoration as a complement to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” designed to protect your windows from damage during intense weather.

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look fantastic on very specific home styles, like Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat uncommon outside of 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 steel sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and shut on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They aren’t able 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.

Look Into Exterior Shutters If:

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

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

  • 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 treatment in combining fashion and functionality. Placed directly in or on top of your window frame, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re installed. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters can fit on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The fashion that premier plantation shutters can add to your space is unmatched, and shutters are extremely multifaceted. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to chic houses, and have an assortment of colors, finishes, and frame options to fit your taste.

White shutters in Washington DC bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in Washington DC can help 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 offer a wide range of lighting options, a big benefit over draperies and shades.

You might need interior shutters if:

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

  • You need a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add some more fashion your home, and complement your existing indoor trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

It’s likely, if you want the protection, style, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 240-339-2588 today and set up a free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.