How To Choose A Durable Shutter In Gainesville

Eric Ramsey

One of our locations in Texas was recently contacted by a previous client. The customer had their house wiped out by a tornado earlier this year, but their Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters survived. 

A home in Texas that was demolished by a tornado 
 
The client’s home had to be completely rebuilt from the incident, but there were just a small number of louvers damaged on one shutter panel on one area of their home. All of the other Polywood shutters in the house were in pristine condition! The customers are now rebuilding their home, and before long, the Sunburst store in Texas will reinstall the very same shutters they purchased in their newly rebuilt house.

A pair of plantation shutter panels that survived a tornado.


Most likely, your shutters won’t go through a tornado. But there are a few qualities to make sure of when purchasing shutters in Gainesville that are durable and will add charm to 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 a good example of the durability and hardiness of Sunburst’s Polywood shutters. See our lifetime limited warranty.

Strong Material

Wooden plantation shutters in a Gainesville home office

The first quality to be sure of when shopping for a long-lasting window treatment is exactly what material it’s built from. For wood shutters, look for ones made from wood with a reputation for being both solid and lightweight. Both furniture grade teak and basswood (the woods used in our Ovation® shutters) meet this criteria.

If you’re in the market for engineered shutters, look for a product constructed from a solid polymer such as our Polywood® shutters. Polywood shutters are sturdier than composite shutters, which have an interior wrapped with a PVC-like compound which is more susceptible to peeling and damage. Polywood is also resistant to moisture, fire, and termites.


Top-Notch Construction

How a shutter is constructed is an important piece of its resilience. The slats of Polywood shutters keep their perfect amount of “give” by using tension control pins. Stainless steel staples coated in epoxy give added durability. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are secured and glued , resulting in tremendous sturdiness. Our Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and are made with two types of joints: mortise-and-tenon and dowel, which allows for extra stability. Sunburst is the sole company that can give you shutters constructed to last a lifetime.

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

Color Which Lasts

White plantation shutters in a Gainesville living room with dark hardwood floors.

It’s normal to want shutters that will look brand-new 20 years after the initial purchase. A good number of composite shutters tend to lose their color over the years. Sunburst’s Polywood shutters won’t ever lose their luster, due to a unique coating that blocks ultraviolet light that causes fading. All of our shutters are easy to keep spotless by easily wiping with a cloth.


Protective Warranty

When purchasing shutters and window treatments, the warranty is another key factor. When you’re in the market for a top of the line shutter, you need a warranty to guarantee your investment. Our Polywood shutters come with a limited lifetime warranty that protect you from any imperfections in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Our Ovation shutters are backed by a limited warranty which protects you from any manufacturer imperfections. 


Find Out More About Durable Plantation Shutters

Want to find out more about our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters in Gainesville? Contact us at 813-602-5966 or fill out the form below to schedule your design consultation that’s completely free and done in the comfort of your own home!