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How To Pick A Durable Shutter In Raleigh

August 08, 2016

Recently, a previous client contacted one of our Texas locations. The client had their house wiped out by a tornado earlier this year, but the home’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters held out. 

A home in Texas that was hit by a tornado 
The customer’s home had to be completely rebuilt from the incident, but there were just a couple of slats broken on a single shutter panel on one edge of their home. Each one of the other Polywood shutters in their home survived in perfect condition! The homeowners are in the process of rebuilding their home, and soon, the Sunburst store in Texas will reinstall the very same shutters they purchased in their new house.

A pair of plantation shutter panels that survived a twister.

Hopefully, your shutters won’t be subject to a twister. But there are a number of points to look for when purchasing shutters in Raleigh that are durable and will beautify your home for years to come.

*Disclaimer: Sunburst Shutters doesn’t guarantee that their our products will withstand a tornado or other natural disasters, but this is just one example of the durability and hardiness of Sunburst’s Polywood shutters. Read our lifetime warranty.

Strong Material

Hardwood plantation shutters in a Raleigh home office

The first thing to be sure of when you want a long-lasting window treatment is that it’s made from an incredibly reliable material. For wood shutters, look for products made from hardwood that’s sturdy, straight, and lightweight. Our Ovation® shutters use high-grade basswood and teak, which both have these qualities.

For faux wood shutters, look for shutters built from a solid polymer such as our Polywood® shutters. Polywood shutters are more resilient than composite shutters, whose weaker construction is more susceptible to damage and peeling. Polywood is also resistant to moisture, fire, and termites.

High Quality Construction

A shutter’s build is an important piece of its durability. Polywood shutters utilize tension control pins that keep the louvers tight. Stainless steel staples coated in epoxy give added strength. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are fortified and glued for unrivaled strength. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and include two varieties of joints: dowel joints and mortise and tenon joints, which allows for extra stability. We’re proud to be the only place which offers shutters built to survive the most extreme conditions.

Sunburst Shutters also takes special care in the measuring, manufacturing, and installation processes to make sure you get elegant custom shutters that fit your windows perfectly.

Color Which Lasts

White plantation shutters in a Raleigh living room with plank hardwood floors.

It’s normal to want shutters that will be just as beautiful several years after the initial purchase. Some composite shutters tend to lose their color over the years. Sunburst’s Polywood shutters won’t ever lose their luster, due to a special seal that protects from UV light that causes fading. In addition, a quick wipe down with a cloth is all there is to keep your plantation shutters clean.


Warranties are another important factor when selecting shutters or other window treatments. When choosing a high-quality shutter, you would benefit from a warranty to protect your investment. Our Polywood shutters come with a lifetime warranty that protect you from any imperfections in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are backed by a warranty against any manufacturer imperfections. 

Learn More About Our Durable Plantation Shutters

Want to know more regarding our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters in Raleigh? Drop us a line at 919-887-9198 or fill out the form below to get ready for your design consultation that’s completely free and done in the comfort of your own home!