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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters

The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters

When you think about window shutters for your home, what do you picture? Is it colorful shutters on either side of the exterior window, or elegant interior shutters that allow you to filter light into your home while offering shade and privacy? You can find both exterior or interior shutters for your home, but they will likely look very different. The biggest difference, of course, is that interior shutters are on the inside while exterior shutters are on the outside. But beyond that, it’s useful to know the difference in what each type of shutter offers, so you know exactly what you’re getting. 

Exterior Shutters Are Mostly Left Open

Exterior shutters, like interior shutters, can cover your window and offer you more privacy; but they are primarily left open. This is because it would be a pain to have to go outside every time you wanted to open or close the shutters, especially when windows usually include interior window treatments that are far easier to operate. Exterior shutters are primarily closed only when you intend for that window to be closed off for a substantial amount of time.

Interior Shutters Are More Customizable

It’s not just that interior shutters are easier to open and close. Interior plantation shutters also have adjustable slats, so you can have the shutters closed but the slats open, letting in sunlight while still offering privacy and protecting your window. You can use the tilt wand to adjust the slats to let in as much or as little sunlight as you want.

Exterior Shutters Are Decorative

You’ll find exterior shutters in brighter or bolder colors than interior shutters, which are often white or cream or stained wood. This is because exterior shutters are primarily there to boost your curb appeal. Even if they aren’t used often, they add to the overall style of your exterior walls and create a more homey appearance. They can also add contrast to your siding by matching the trim of your home, giving the walls a more varied look. 

Interior Shutters Have More Options

Exterior shutters can come in different shapes and sizes, but these are largely to fit the shape of the window. For instance, windows with a domed top will have shutters that curve at the top. Interior plantation shutters have yet more options, such as cafe shutters which cover half the window and leave the other half exposed. Softedge shutters have subtle frames so that they seem to be part of the window, while traditional plantation shutters have more of the classic elegance.

Exterior Shutters Are Exposed To the Elements

While wood shutters are lovely, homeowners have to be careful choosing wood plantation shutters. Exposed to wind, rain, humidity, and harsh sunlight, wood shutters require frequent treatment in order to keep from warping, swelling, or rotting. Fading paint can also be an issue. Exterior shutters, though rarely used, can require regular maintenance in order to keep their fresh appearance. Because of this, many homeowners opt for vinyl exterior shutters.

Interior Shutters Are Mostly Made With Wood

Interior shutters, however, are not exposed to the elements and are therefore lower maintenance. These shutters can enjoy the beauty and feel of authentic wood. Of course, they still need to be made with care. Our stained wood plantation shutters are made of basswood, but our painted shutters are made with less porous poplar shutters, so these shutters will be as durable and low maintenance as possible.

The truth is both exterior and interior shutters have their merits: exterior shutters are best for boosting your curb appeal, while interior shutters are perfect for enjoying privacy and customizable sunlight in your home. Contact Shenandoah Shutters today to learn more about our interior plantation shutter options.

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Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the shutters! And so does everyone who has seen them! They are absolutely perfect!!! I’m so glad I bought them all at once! The installation was so professional and they were here on time, worked fast and did a wonderful job. This is really a first class company. Th arched window is just beautiful!

- Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

Larry & Sewel Reid

“We were so impressed with Marcia! I can’t say enough about our whole experience from Marcia. A great company to do business with. Thank you for the gift!”

- Larry & Sewel Reid

Lori Steinman

“Beautiful Shutters, Beautifully Made. I recently purchased Shenandoah Shutters for a small project to “check them out”. Shenandoah exceeded my expectations. I am so impressed with the quality and especially love the features that are unique to Shenandoah. Bravo to Shenandoah Shutters for their thoughtful designs and impeccable workmanship and to Amy for professionalism and support.”

- Lori Steinman

Candice & Peter A.

5 Star Quality & Installation!

We couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! What a transformation the shutters have made to our home, just perfect!

- Candice & Peter A.

Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

“After installation, the installers were excellent in providing information on the shutter finish process and appropriate cleaning. This was most helpful and confirmed that these shutters are an excellent product. They are on all windows in my home and are beautiful!!”

- Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

Donna Plummer

“The members of Shenandoah Shutters are extremely professional. The first contact came in and measured the windows that were to be done. The second contact was with the guys who installed the shutters. In and out and they look wonderful. Can’t be more pleased with these shutters.”

- Donna Plummer

Janet, Lynchburg, VA

“This company is fantastic. From the first contact we had with them (visiting their showroom) to the final installation, they are #1 professionals. After we visited the showroom, the salesperson came to our home, showed us a sample shutter, and made recommendations (and gave different styles) for our windows. After we accepted the contract, she made an appointment to come out and do exact measurements. We love our new shutters, and every element of this contract could not have been better. They even left a jar of VA peanuts!”

- Janet, Lynchburg, VA

Mila & Jimmie Baturin

“Fabulous Salesperson. Staff was efficient, organized and quick. Love the product”

- Mila & Jimmie Baturin

Julie Krajicek

“I am impressed by the level of professionalism by Shenandoah Shutters. From start to finish in all interactions, I was treated well. The product is outstanding quality. They look perfect.”

- Julie Krajicek

Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

“A pleasure to work with – very organized, good communication, expert craftsmanship, done in a timely manner – a job well done!!”

- Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

Jessica, Richmond, VA

“We love hearing from our clients – Here’s a review we received this week……..”My shutters were delivered and installed this morning. From start to finish the installation took about 90 minutes. I am beyond impressed with the high quality craftsmanship and over the moon with how gorgeous they are. I’d also like to note, that everyone from Marcia in sales, Jodi in billing, and the installers, whose names I didn’t catch, are supremely professional. As a Richmonder, I love that the money from my purchase stays in the local economy, too. I will be singing this company’s praises for years to come. Thank you, Shenandoah Shutters!” Jessica – Richmond, VA”

- Jessica, Richmond, VA

Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

“First Class all of the way. Amy, Jody and installation was a wonderful experience. Thank you”

- Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

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