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How To Choose A Durable Shutter

August 16, 2017

One of our stores in Texas was recently contacted by a previous customer. The customer had lost their home to a tornado earlier this year, but their Sunburst Polywood shutters survived. The customer’s home had to be completely rebuilt due to damage, but there were only a couple of louvers broken on one shutter panel on one side of their home. All of the other Polywood shutters in their home were in perfect condition! The customers are now rebuilding their homes, and soon the Sunburst store in Texas will reinstall the original shutters in their new house.


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Hopefully, your shutters won’t go through a tornado. But there are some things to look for when choosing window treatments that are durable and will look beautiful for decades.

*Disclaimer: Sunburst Shutters doesn’t guarantee that our products will withstand a tornado or other natural disasters, but this is a good example of the durability of Sunburst’s Polywood shutters. See our lifetime limited warranty.
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Sturdy Material


Ovation shutters in a sitting room


The first thing to look for when choosing a durable window treatment is the material it’s constructed from and how it’s built. For wood shutters, look for ones built from a hardwood that is known for being sturdy, straight, and lightweight. Both furniture-grade teak and basswood (the woods used in our Ovation® shutters) meet this criteria.

For faux wood shutters, choose shutters built from a solid polymer such as our Polywood® shutters. These are sturdier than composite shutters which have a pressed-board core wrapped with poly-vinyl which is more susceptible to peeling and damage. Polywood is also stronger than other “poly” type shutters. The material Polywood shutters is composed of is also resistant to moisture, fire, and termites.

Superior Construction

How a shutter is constructed is an important part of its durability. Polywood shutters include tension control pins that keep the louvers tight. They also have stainless steel staples coated in epoxy that are very difficult to pull out. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are reinforced and glued for tremendous strength. Our Ovation shutters are the only five-star wood shutter in the world and include two types of joints: mortise-and-tenon and dowel which makes them extra sturdy. Sunburst is the only one that offers shutters built with extreme durability in mind.

Sunburst Shutters also takes special care in the measuring, manufacturing, and installation process so that you receive beautiful custom shutters that fit your windows perfectly.

Color Steadfastness


Plantation shutters in a living room


You want shutters that will look brand new 20 years after you buy them. Some composite shutters are prone to fading or yellowing over time. Our Polywood shutters are coated with a special paint that contains UV-inhibitors so your shutters won’t fade or yellow. Both our Polywood and Ovation shutters are easy to keep clean by simply wiping with a cloth.


Warranties are an important consideration when purchasing shutters and window treatments. When choosing a premier shutter, you want a warranty to protect your investment. Our Polywood shutters come with a limited lifetime warranty against any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, and installation. Our Ovation shutters come with a limited warranty against any defects. Learn more about our shutters warranties.

Find Out More About Our Durable Plantation Shutters

Want to learn more about our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters? Contact us at 877-286-2877 to schedule a free in-home design consultation!