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

July 05, 2017

Las Vegas Nevada interior and exterior 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 homeowners might get confused.

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 be clear that Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas doesn’t make or sell exterior shutters. Instead, our specialty is in elegant interior shutters for the home.

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

Decorative exterior shutters typically 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 much-needed color accent to your home.

Consider Exterior Shutters If:

  • You get heavy storms in your area and want to protect your windows.

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

  • 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 style and usability. Placed directly in or on top of your window jamb, interior shutters become a piece of your home the moment 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 multifaceted. Interior 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.

Think about interior shutters if:

  • You want better control over 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 interior 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.