How Long Will Shutters Last on Chicago Homes? Let’s talk shutter durability. The more durable your window treatments are, the less frequently you’re likely to change them. This is why we focus on long-lasting products of high quality that aren’t easily impacted by Chicago’s weather. Plantation shutters are much more durable than blinds because there are no cords to wear out, no wands to snap off, and no mechanisms to break. A well-built shutter in Chicago that is properly maintained will last you 50 years or more. A well-built blind that is properly maintained will last 3 - 5 years before cords start to wear out and colors start to fade. A low-quality, off-the-shelf blind will last only a few years before it utterly self-destructs. The cheaper materials and paint finishes used in blinds will wear down in the sun over time, becoming brittle and yellow. Fabric shades waste away with prolonged UV and UL exposure, and the fabric becomes brittle and yellow. Shutters are unmatched when it comes to the durability and longevity of window treatments. In fact, our Polywood® shutter is the only shutter with UV inhibitors in the material and the paint, protecting it from damaging sun rays. We bake on a proprietary paint finish at temperatures hotter than it might reach in Chicago. That’s why Polywood lasts longer than any other shutter. And that’s why, when it comes to durability, Polywood shutters are your best choice. We’re so confident they’ll last you a lifetime, we back up our talk with a Lifetime warranty!