Learn How To Select A Sturdy Shutter In Fort Lauderdale

Danielle Micich

A few weeks ago, a previous customer contacted one of our stores in Texas. The client had lost their home to a tornado earlier this year, but the home’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters made it through the ordeal. 

A home in Texas that was demolished by a tornado 
The customer’s house required a complete rebuild after the storm, but there were just a couple of slats damaged on one shutter panel on one edge of their home. Every one of the other Polywood shutters in their house were 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 things to look for when looking for 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 and hardiness of Sunburst’s Polywood shutters. Refer to our lifetime warranty.

Strong Material

Hardwood plantation shutters in a Fort Lauderdale home office

The number one thing to look for when choosing a resilient window treatment is exactly what material it’s constructed from. For wood shutters, look for ones constructed from hardwood that’s 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 compound like our Polywood® shutters. These shutters are sturdier than composite shutters, whose weaker composition will more likely show chips and scratches. Polywood is also resistant to fire, moisture, and termites.

Superior Construction

How a shutter is constructed is an important piece of its durability. Polywood shutters are made with tension control pins that prevent the louvers from becoming loose. Stainless steel staples coated in epoxy give increased durability. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are fortified and glued , resulting in 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, creation, and installation processes to make sure you get elegant custom shutters that fit your windows perfectly.

Color Steadfastness

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

Everybody wants shutters that will be just as beautiful 20 years after you buy them. Other composite shutters tend to lose their color over their lifetime. Our Polywood shutters are covered with a protective finish that contains UV-inhibitors to prevent discoloration. Both our Polywood and Ovation shutters are easy to keep clean by simply wiping with a cloth.


When choosing shutters and window treatments, your warranty is an additional key component. When you’re in the market for 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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Need to learn more regarding your shutter options in Fort Lauderdale? Contact us at 561-440-8535 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation!