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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Guide for Miami Homeowners

July 05, 2017

Miami Florida interior and exterior shutters

Shutters can go almost anywhere – in any Miami house, in any space, on any size window, and even outside. And that may be where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are completely different products, and if you’re flying blind, you could spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we have to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Miami does not make or deal in exterior home shutters. Instead, our specialty is in fashionable interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters usually just do one of two things: either they’re only for decoration as an accent to your windows, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” built to guard your windows from debris during severe storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look good on very particular home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare barring a few areas of the U.S., and many types don’t even resemble normal shutters, and instead look like large steel sheets.

Outdoor shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those exterior shutters that do open and shut 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 have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from that, exterior shutters can serve to give a layer of color to your home.

Think About Exterior Shutters If:

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

  • You want to add a color accent to your home.

  • You have adequate space around your windows to install exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the optimum window treatment in combining style and practicality. Put in directly in or above your window jamb, indoor shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to mount on any window, in any room of your house.

The fashion that classic interior shutters bring your space is unmatched, and they’re incredibly flexible. Interior shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to contemporary apartments, and have a range of colors, stains, and frame options to suit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Miami bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in Miami 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 give you a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Look into interior shutters if:

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

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

  • You want to add style to your home, and color match your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

Chances are, if you want the value, looks, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 305-520-7515 today and schedule your free in-home consultation.