How To Pick A Durable Shutter In Tampa

Eric Ramsey

One of our stores in Texas was recently contacted by a previous customer. The customer had their home destroyed by a twister earlier this year, but the home’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters held out. 

A home in Texas that was destroyed by a twister 
The client’s house required a complete rebuild due to damage, but there were just a small number of slats broken on a single shutter panel on one area of their residence. Every one of the other Polywood shutters in the home made it through in immaculate condition! The homeowners are now rebuilding their house, and before long, the Sunburst store in Texas will revisit the home to install the original shutters in their reconstructed home.

A pair of Polywood shutter panels that survived a tornado.

Hopefully, your shutters won’t have to withstand a twister. But there are some things to make sure of when selecting shutters in Tampa 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 a good example of the durability and longevity of our Polywood shutters. Read our lifetime warranty.

Sturdy Material

Wooden plantation shutters in a Tampa home office

The number one thing to be sure of when choosing a resilient window treatment is exactly what material it’s made from. For wood shutters, look for ones built from wood that is known for being strong and resistant to warping. Our Ovation® shutters feature furniture grade basswood and teak, which both have these qualities.

For engineered shutters, look for shutters built from a solid polymer like our Polywood® shutters. Polywood shutters are sturdier than composite shutters, whose weaker composition is more susceptible to damage and peeling. Polywood is also resistant to moisture, fire, and termites.

High Quality Construction

The structure of a shutter has a key role in its resilience. Polywood shutters use tension control pins that keep the louvers tight. They also have stainless steel staples covered in epoxy which are nearly impossible to remove. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are fortified and glued for spectacular toughness. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and utilize two styles of joints: mortise-and-tenon and dowel, which allows for extra stability. We’re proud to be the only place which can give you shutters put together to survive the most extreme conditions.

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

Color Which Lasts

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

Everybody wants shutters that will be just as beautiful several years after you buy them. Other composite shutters are prone to fading or yellowing over the years. Our Polywood shutters are coated with a unique paint that contains UV-inhibitors so your shutters won’t fade or yellow. In addition, a quick once over with a cloth is all you need to keep your plantation shutters clean.


When looking for shutters or other window coverings, your warranty is an additional key consideration. When selecting a high-quality shutter, you need a warranty to protect your investment. Our Polywood shutters include a lifetime warranty that protect you from any imperfections that might occur in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Our Ovation shutters include a warranty against any defects. 

Find Out More About Resilient Plantation Shutters

Ready to know more about our Polywood and Ovation plantation shutters in Tampa? Contact us at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to schedule your free in-home design consultation!