The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters

You know you need window coverings, but which ones should you choose? There are a lot of different options. If you like the look of shutters, you may be wondering, what is the difference between interior and exterior shutters?

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are installed on the inside of the window frame. They swing inward to allow access to the window, or to let light and air into the room. Most interior shutters have operable louvers that allow light in without opening the entire shutter. They can be made from painted or stained wood or other synthetic materials. Because they are inside the home and already protected from the elements, they do not need to be quite as rugged and sturdy as exterior shutters that must contend with wind, rain, and sun.

Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters are attached to the outside of the window frame, at the side, top or bottom, depending on how you want to open the shutters. Exterior shutters can be made from wood that is known to be able to handle strong weather conditions, or synthetic materials such as PVC or fiberglass. There are also exterior shutters specifically designed for very harsh weather conditions like hurricanes.

Which Shutters Should You Choose?

There are a couple different things to consider when choosing between interior and exterior shutters.

Purpose – If your primary concern is protection from severe weather and the elements; exterior shutters will be your best option. However for all other purposes – privacy, blocking noise or light, reducing heating and cooling costs –interior shutters will be able to do the job.

Décor  - If you want a custom look and something to match existing décor within your home, custom interior shutters are the best option. If you want to add some element to the outside of your home both interior or exterior shutters can add a nice touch.

Danmer makes custom shutters to perfectly fit any door or window in your home. Schedule an appointment today to find out how shutters can transform the look of your home.

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