The Difference Between Exterior and Interior Shutters: Rundown for Chicago Homeowners

Richard Rampton

Chicago IL exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters work almost anywhere – in any Chicago home, in any space, on any type of window, and even on the outside of your house– and that’s where some homeowners might get confused.

Exterior and interior shutters are extremely different window coverings, and if you don’t know about the differences, you might spend a lot of time or money shopping around for something that isn’t what you need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we have to state that Sunburst Shutters Chicago does not build or sell exterior shutters. Rather, our area of expertise is in fashionable interior shutters for Chicago homes.

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

Decorative exterior shutters tend to look fantastic on very specific home styles, like Mediterranean homes. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare barring a few parts of the U.S., and most hurricane shutters don’t even look like what you envision when you think of shutters, and instead look like large steel sheets.

Exterior shutters in Mediterranean home.

For those outdoor shutters that do open and shut on your window, they don’t tend to have a lot of functionality. They can’t make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can add a much-needed color accent to your home.

Think about exterior shutters if:

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

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

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

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our area of expertise, and they’re the optimum window covering in combining fashion and practicality. Installed directly in or above your window frame, 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 go on any window, in any room of your house.

The style that premier plantation shutters give your space is unequaled, and shutters are incredibly multifaceted. Interior shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to ultra-modern condos, and have an array of colors, stains, and frame options to fit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Chicago bedroom.
On the practical side, plantation shutters may be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Chicago block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment on the market, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The tilting louvers on a shutter panel also let you have a wide range of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

Look into interior shutters if:

  • You need to be able to control your lighting, home temperature, and energy-efficiency.

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

  • You want to add visual interest to the inside of your home, and complement your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Pro

Chances are, if you want the value, style, and longevity of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help. Call our team at 847-250-6544 today and set up your free in-home walkthrough of what shutters can do for your space.