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

Darren Wong

Honolulu HI exterior and interior shutters

Plantation shutters work almost anywhere – in any Honolulu house, in any room, on any size window, and even outside– and that’s where some confusion can occur.

Exterior and interior shutters are totally different window coverings, and if you’re flying blind, you can spend a lot of time or money shopping around for a product that isn’t what you need. Here is what you should know.

Exterior Shutters

First, we need to state that Sunburst Shutters Honolulu does not make or deal in exterior home shutters. Instead, our area of expertise is in stylish interior shutters for Honolulu homes.

Exterior shutters usually just do one of two things: either they’re purely for decoration as an accent to your home’s siding, or they’re reinforced “hurricane shutters,” built to protect your windows from damage during harsh storms.

Decorative exterior shutters typically look great on very particular home styles, such as more rustic homes as well as Mediterranean houses. Hurricane shutters are somewhat rare outside of a few parts of the country, and many types don’t even look like typical shutters, but rather look like large metal sheets.

Exterior 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 can’t make a seal to block heat and their louvers (if they exist) usually can’t be adjusted. Aside from 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 splash of color to the outside of your house.

  • You have adequate space around your windows to install exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are our forte, and they’re the ultimate window covering in combining style and practicality. Put in 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 exterior shutters, interior shutters can mount on any window, in any room of your house.

The style that high quality plantation shutters bring your space is unmatched, and shutters are incredibly flexible. Indoor shutters can beautifully accent any style of home; from historic Prairie style homes to contemporary apartments, and have an array of colors, stains, and frame options to fit your taste.

Plantation shutters in Honolulu bedroom.
When it comes to practicality, plantation shutters might be the most effective window covering. Polywood plantation shutters in Honolulu block heat better than any other window treatment on the market, helping to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The tilting louvers on a set of plantation shutters also give you a full spectrum of lighting options, something that shades and drapes can’t do.

Consider interior shutters if:

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

  • You need a versatile, long-lasting window treatment.

  • You want to add some elegance your home, and color match your existing inside trim.

Sunburst is Your Interior Shutter Expert

It’s likely, if you want the protection, style, and lastingness of shutters, you want interior plantation shutters. Sunburst can help with that. Give us a call at 808-797-2004 today and schedule your free in-home estimate.