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Learn How To Select A Sturdy Shutter In Fort Lauderdale

August 08, 2016

A few weeks ago, a previous customer contacted one of our stores in Texas. The client had their home destroyed by a tornado earlier this year, but the home’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters survived. 

A home in Texas that was hit by a tornado 
The customer’s house required a complete rebuild after the storm, but there were just a few slats damaged on one shutter panel on one edge of their home. Every one of the other Polywood shutters in the house survived in pristine shape! The clients are now rebuilding their home, and before long, the Sunburst store in Texas will reinstall the very same shutters they purchased in their reconstructed home.

A pair of Polywood shutter panels that survived a twister.

Hopefully, your shutters won’t have to withstand a natural disaster. But there are some points to look for when selecting shutters in Fort Lauderdale 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. Read our lifetime warranty.

Strong Material

Hardwood plantation shutters in a Fort Lauderdale home office

The number one thing to look for when you need a long-lasting window treatment is that it’s made from an incredibly sturdy material. For wood shutters, look for ones constructed from hardwood with a reputation for being strong and resistant to warping. Our Ovation® shutters feature high-grade basswood and teak, which both have these qualities.

For faux wood shutters, choose a product built from a solid compound like our Polywood® shutters. These shutters are sturdier than composite shutters, which have a pressed-board core wrapped with a PVC-like compound which is more susceptible to chips and scratches. Polywood is also resistant to fire, moisture, and termites.

Top-Notch Construction

How a shutter is constructed plays a large part in its durability. The slats of Polywood shutters are kept tight by tension control pins. They also have epoxy-coated stainless steel staples which are incredibly hard to remove. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are fortified and glued to give spectacular strength. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and include two styles of joints: mortise-and-tenon and dowel, which allows for extra stability. We’re proud to be the sole company that can give you shutters built to last a lifetime.

Sunburst Shutters ensures that we take special care in the measuring, construction, and installation processes to make sure you get elegant custom shutters that match your windows perfectly.

Color Steadfastness

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

You want shutters that will be just as beautiful 20 years after you buy them. A good number of composite shutters are prone to fading or yellowing over their lifetime. Sunburst’s Polywood shutters won’t ever fade or yellow, due to a special coating that inhibits UV rays that causes fading. Both our Polywood and Ovation shutters are easy to keep clean by simply wiping with a cloth.


When buying shutters and window treatments, the product’s warranty is an additional major component. When choosing a high-quality shutter, you need a warranty to protect your investment. Our Polywood shutters are backed by a lifetime warranty against any defects that might occur in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are protected by a warranty which protects you from any defects. 

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Want to learn more regarding your shutter options in Fort Lauderdale? Contact us at 561-440-8535 or fill out the form below to set up your free in-home design consultation!