The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters: Guide for Las Vegas Homeowners

Darik Neilson

Las Vegas NV outdoor and indoor shutters

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

Exterior and interior shutters are completely different window coverings, and if you’re not aware of the differences, you might waste time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. So let’s break it down.

Exterior Shutters

First, we need to make it clear that Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas doesn’t make or sell exterior shutters. Instead, we specialize in elegant interior shutters for your home.

Outdoor shutters usually just do one of two things: either they’re just for decoration as a complement to your windows, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from debris during harsh weather.

Decorative exterior shutters usually look fantastic on very particular styles of homes, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are fairly uncommon barring a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even resemble what you envision when you think of shutters, but rather look like large metal sheets.

Outdoor 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 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 splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

  • You want to guard your windows from intense storm damage.

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

  • You have enough space around your windows to put in outdoor shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining looks and usability. Placed directly in or on top of your window jamb, interior shutters instantly become a natural part of your home as soon as they’re put in. And unlike exterior shutters, interior shutters can go on any window, no matter the space limitations.

The style that classic interior shutters can add to your house is unequaled, and they’re incredibly flexible. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to chic houses, and have a range of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Las Vegas bedroom.
As for tangible benefits, plantation shutters might be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Las Vegas can help block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, keeping your house more comfortable. The adjustable louvers on a shutter panel also offer a wide range of lighting options, a big benefit over draperies and shades.

Consider interior shutters if:

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

  • You need a flexible, resilient 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, style, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Give us a call at 702-850-6619 today and schedule your free in-home estimate.