How To Pick A Durable Shutter In Chicago

Richard Rampton

A few weeks ago, a previous customer reached out to one of our stores in Texas. The customer had lost their home to a twister earlier this year, but the house’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters survived. 

A home in Texas that was destroyed by a twister 
The customer’s home required a complete rebuild due to damage, but there were just a small number of slats damaged on a single shutter panel on one edge of their residence. No other shutter was even dinged! The customers are currently rebuilding their home, and once they finish, the Sunburst store in Texas will revisit the home to install the very same shutters they purchased in their newly rebuilt home.

A pair of plantation shutter panels that survived a tornado.

Most likely, your shutters won’t be subject to a tornado. But there are a number of points to make sure of when choosing shutters in Chicago that are durable and will beautify your home 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 and resilience of our Polywood shutters. Read our lifetime limited warranty.

Solid Material

Wooden plantation shutters in a Chicago home office

The number one quality to be on the lookout for when you want a durable window treatment is exactly what material it’s constructed from. For wood shutters, look for ones made from wood with a reputation for being strong and resistant to warping. Both high-grade teak and basswood (the types of woods our Ovation® shutters are built with) meet this criteria.

If you’re in the market for faux wood shutters, look for shutters built from a solid polymer like our Polywood® shutters. Polywood shutters are more resilient than composite shutters, which have a pressed-board core wrapped with a PVC-like compound which more easily shows peeling and damage. Polywood shutters are also resistant to fire, moisture, and termites.

High Quality Construction

The structure of a shutter has a key role in its resilience. The slats of Polywood shutters are kept tight by tension control pins. Epoxy-coated stainless steel staples give added protection. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are fortified and glued , resulting in tremendous sturdiness. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and are made with two different styles of joints: dowel joints and mortise and tenon joints, which allows for extra stability. We are the sole company that can give you shutters put together with extreme durability in mind.

Sunburst Shutters ensures that we take the utmost consideration in the measuring, manufacturing, and installation processes to make sure you get elegant custom shutters that fit your windows without a hitch.

Color Which Lasts

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

It’s normal to want shutters that will be just as beautiful long after installation. Other composite shutters may discolor or fade over time. Our Polywood shutters are coated with a protective seal that utilizes UV-inhibitors to prevent discoloration. In addition, a simple wipe down with a dustrag is all that’s necessary to keep your plantation shutters spotless.

Protective Warranty

Warranties are one more key component when choosing shutters and window coverings. When you’re in the market for a high-quality shutter, you need a warranty to guarantee your investment. Our Polywood shutters include a limited lifetime warranty that protect you from any defects in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Our Ovation shutters include a limited warranty which protects you from any defects. 

Learn More About Our Long-lasting Plantation Shutters

Prepared to know more about our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters in Chicago? Drop us a line at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home design consultation!