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How To Find The Most Sturdy Shutter In Clearwater

August 08, 2016

One of our locations in Texas was recently reached by a previous customer. The client had their home destroyed by a twister earlier this year, but the house’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters made it through the ordeal. 

A home in Texas that was destroyed by a tornado 
The customer’s home had to be completely rebuilt due to damage, but there were only a small number of louvers broken on one shutter panel on one edge of their residence. No other shutter even had a scratch! The clients are now rebuilding their house, and once they finish, their local Sunburst store will reinstall the original shutters in their new home.

A pair of plantation shutter panels that survived a tornado.

Hopefully, your shutters won’t need to survive a natural disaster. But there are a few points to make sure of when choosing shutters in Clearwater that are durable and will look beautiful for a lifetime.

*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 of our Polywood shutters. Refer to our lifetime warranty.

Solid Material

Wooden plantation shutters in a Clearwater home office

The first thing to be on the lookout for when choosing a resilient window treatment is exactly what material it’s constructed from. For wood shutters, look for ones made from wood that’s both solid and lightweight. Our Ovation® shutters are built from furniture grade basswood and teak, which both have these qualities.

For faux wood shutters, focus on shutters constructed from a solid polymer like our Polywood® shutters. Polywood shutters are sturdier than composite shutters, which tend to show damage more easily due to their pressed-board core structure. The material Polywood shutters are composed of is also resistant to fire, moisture, and termites.

Top-Notch Construction

How a shutter is constructed has a key role in its sturdiness over time. The louvers of Polywood shutters are kept tight by tension control pins. They also have stainless steel staples covered in epoxy which are incredibly hard to take out. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are fortified and glued to give unrivaled strength. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and utilize two different styles of joints: dowel joints and mortise and tenon joints, which allows for extra stability. We are the only place which offers shutters put together to survive the most extreme conditions.

Sunburst Shutters also takes special care in the measuring, construction, and installation processes to make sure you get picture-perfect custom shutters that match your windows perfectly.

Color That Keeps

White plantation shutters in a Clearwater living room with solid hardwood floors.

It’s normal to want shutters that will look brand-new long after installation. Other composite shutters tend to lose their color over the years. Our Polywood shutters are encased with a unique paint that contains UV-inhibitors which keeps your shutters looking brand-new. In addition, a simple once over with a cloth is all that’s necessary to keep your plantation shutters dust-free.


When buying shutters or other window coverings, your warranty is an additional major factor. When choosing a top of the line shutter, you would benefit from a warranty to protect your investment. Our Polywood shutters come with a lifetime warranty that protect you from any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Our Ovation shutters come with a warranty against any defects. 

Learn More About Long-lasting Plantation Shutters

Want to know more regarding our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters in Clearwater? Drop us a line at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home design consultation!