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The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Guide for San Jose Homeowners

July 05, 2017

San Jose California interior and exterior shutters

Shutters work almost anywhere – in any San Jose home, in any room, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Interior and exterior shutters are totally different products, and if you’re not aware of the differences, you might spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something you don’t need. Let’s look at what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

Upfront, we have to state that Sunburst Shutters San Jose does not build or deal in exterior shutters. Instead, we specialize in elegant interior shutters for San Jose homes.

Exterior shutters really only serve one of two purposes: either they’re purely for looks as a complement to your home’s siding, or they’re industrial strength “hurricane shutters,” made to guard your windows from heavy damage during severe weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look fantastic on very particular home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are fairly rare except in a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like typical shutters, and instead look like large iron sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

As 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 form a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they have them) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can serve to give a splash of color that looks fantastic on your home.

Think About Exterior Shutters If:

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

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

  • You have adequate space around your windows for the shutters to fit.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining aesthetics and practicality. Put in directly in or above your window jamb, interior shutters become a piece of your home the moment they’re installed. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to mount on any window, anywhere in your home.

The fashion that classic plantation shutters can add to your house is unmatched, and they’re incredibly multifaceted. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to contemporary apartments, and have a range of colors, textures, and frame options to suit your personal style.

Plantation shutters in San Jose bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood faux wood shutters in San Jose are able to block heat better than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting louvers on a set of plantation shutters also let you have a wide range of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Think about interior shutters if:

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

  • You want a flexible, resilient window treatment.

  • You want to add some more fashion your home, and match your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call our team at 916-542-1305 today and schedule your free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.