Whether you need to keep flying debris out of your home or the sun out of your eyes, accordion shutters are the answer you've been looking for. Here's what you need to know about this multi-purpose window covering.

What Are Accordion Shutters?

Accordion shutters are any window covering with louvers that open and close, similar to how an accordion's bellows open and close when you play it. These shutters can be made from metal, plastic, vinyl, or wood, and come in a variety of colors and finishes to match any decor.

It is important to note that there are two types of accordion shutters: interior and exterior.


Interior accordion shutters are designed to be installed inside your home and provide privacy, thermal protection, and shade from the sun. The louvers are positioned between the top and bottom rails and the stiles on the side of the shutter. Typically, a tilt control arm is attached to the louvers that you can manually operate to make adjustments.

Interior shutters like this are highly decorative and are traditionally made of wood and stained to match the window trim and other woodwork in the home. Unfortunately, they do not offer any protection from the elements other than keeping the sun out of the room.


Conversely, exterior accordion shutters are all about protection. This shutter style may look the same as its decorative interior cousin, but it is made of stronger materials such as aluminum or vinyl. When mounted to the outside of your home, accordion shutters are a type of hurricane shutter that folds up like an accordion.

They are made up of interlocked vertical slats connected to a track system on either side of the window or door opening and are meant to withstand high winds, hail, and other extreme weather conditions. Accordion shutters come in a wide range of colors and styles, making it easy to match them to your home's design and architecture.

These protective shutters are left open throughout much of the year. However, when severe weather strikes, they can be closed quickly and easily to protect your home. Most versions now use a remote control, but some may use a key-operated lock to secure them shut, helping you and your family feel safer during a storm.

Accordion shutters — interior and exterior — are an excellent investment for homeowners. One version offers superior protection against natural disasters, break-ins, and extreme weather conditions, while the other looks good and keeps the sun off the television so everyone can see. So whether you live in a hurricane-prone area or just want to keep up on the inner workings of the Kardashian-Jenner fam, accordion shutters are the perfect solution for your home.