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

George Christ

Minneapolis MN interior and exterior shutters

Plantation shutters work almost anywhere – in any Minneapolis home, in any room, on any window, and even outside. And that may be where some confusion can occur.

Interior and exterior shutters are very different things, and if you’re uneducated on the differences, you might spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product you don’t need. Here’s what you need to know.

Exterior Shutters

First off, we need to be clear that Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis does not make or deal in exterior home shutters. Instead, we specialize in fashionable interior shutters for Minneapolis homes.

Outdoor shutters usually just serve one of two purposes: either they’re purely for looks as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from heavy damage during intense storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look great on very specific styles of homes, like Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat uncommon barring a few parts of the U.S., and many types don’t even look like what you envision when you think of shutters, but rather look like large aluminum sheets.

Outside shutters in Mediterranean home.

As for those exterior shutters that do open and close on your window, there usually isn’t much functionality to them. They aren’t able to form a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Despite all that, exterior shutters can serve to give a much-needed color accent to your home.

Look into 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 optimum window treatment in combining looks and usability. Installed directly in or above your window jamb, interior shutters blend into your home’s furnishings from the minute they’re put in. And unlike outdoor shutters, interior shutters are able to fit on any window, anywhere in your home.

The style that high quality interior shutters bring your space is unrivaled, and shutters are extremely flexible. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Cape Cod homes to contemporary apartments, and have an array of colors, finishes, and frame options to fit your personal style.

Interior shutters in Minneapolis bedroom.
As for tangible benefits, plantation shutters may be the most effective window treatment. Polywood plantation shutters in Minneapolis block heat more efficiently than any other window treatment available, making sure your house is as comfortable as possible. The adjustable louvers on a shutter panel also give you a full spectrum of lighting options, unlike shades or draperies.

You might need interior shutters if:

  • You want better control over lighting, indoor temperature, and energy-efficiency.

  • You need a versatile, resilient window treatment.

  • You need to add some elegance your home, and match your existing interior trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Headquarters

Chances are, if you want the value, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Call us at 952-856-8130 today and set up your free in-home consultation.