How To Pick A Durable Shutter In Raleigh

Blake Jarman

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 area of their home. No other shutter was even dinged! 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 go through a twister. But there are a number of points to look for when purchasing shutters in Raleigh that are durable and will look beautiful 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 a good example of the durability of Sunburst’s Polywood shutters. Refer to our lifetime warranty.

Solid Material

Hardwood plantation shutters in a Raleigh home office

The first thing to be sure of when you want a resilient window treatment is exactly what material it’s built from. For wood shutters, look for those made from hardwood with a reputation for being sturdy, straight, and lightweight. Our Ovation® shutters are made from high-grade basswood and teak, which both have these qualities.

For faux wood shutters, focus on shutters built from a solid polymer such as our Polywood® shutters. Polywood shutters are more resilient than composite shutters, whose weaker construction can more easily cause 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 prevent the louvers from becoming loose. They also have epoxy-coated stainless steel staples which are very difficult to pull out. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are secured and glued for unrivaled strength. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and include two types 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 makes it a priority to take 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 you buy them. Some composite shutters are prone to fading or yellowing over time. Sunburst’s Polywood shutters won’t ever suffer from discoloration, due to a special seal that inhibits UV light that causes fading. Our entire line of shutters are easy to keep clean by effortlessly wiping with a cloth.


Warranties are another major 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 problems 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

Need to find out more regarding our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters in Raleigh? Call us 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!