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

Curtis Orton

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 extremely different window coverings, 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

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

Exterior shutters tend to serve one of two purposes: either they’re purely for looks as a complement to your home’s siding, or they’re heavy-duty “hurricane shutters,” built to guard your windows from debris during severe weather.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look great 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 aren’t able 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.

Consider exterior shutters if:

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

  • 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 functionality. Installed directly in or above your window jamb, interior 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, anywhere in your home.

The fashion that classic plantation shutters can add to your house is unmatched, and they’re incredibly flexible. Interior shutters can serve as an amazing accent to any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to ultra-modern condos, 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 can help block heat better than any other window treatment available, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. 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.

Consider 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 Expert

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