Learn How To Pick The Most Durable Shutter In Kingsport

Jacob Hayes

Recently, a previous client reached out to one of our Texas locations. The client had their house wiped out by a twister earlier this year, but the house’s Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters held out. 

A home in Texas that was hit by a twister 
The client’s home required a complete rebuild after the storm, but there were only a small number of slats broken on one shutter panel on one area of their residence. All of the other Polywood shutters in the home made it through in flawless shape! The customers are in the process of rebuilding their home, and soon, their local Sunburst store will reinstall the original shutters in their new home.

A pair of Polywood shutter panels that survived a tornado.

Most likely, your shutters won’t need to survive a twister. But there are some points to make sure of when choosing shutters in Kingsport that are durable and will look beautiful for decades.

*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 resilience of our Polywood shutters. See our lifetime warranty.

Solid Material

Hardwood plantation shutters in a Kingsport home office

The first thing to be on the lookout for when shopping for a resilient window treatment is exactly what material it’s made from. For wood shutters, look for something built from hardwood that is known for being both solid and lightweight. Both high-grade teak and basswood (the types of woods used in our Ovation® shutters) meet this criteria.

When looking into faux wood shutters, look for those constructed from a solid polymer like our Polywood® shutters. These shutters are sturdier than composite shutters, which have a pressed-board core wrapped with poly-vinyl which more easily shows chips and scratches. The material Polywood shutters are composed of is also resistant to fire, moisture, and termites.

High Quality Construction

How a shutter is constructed plays a large part in its sturdiness over time. The louvers of Polywood shutters keep their perfect amount of “give” by using tension control pins. They also have stainless steel staples covered in epoxy which are very difficult to take out. Polywood’s core is solid, and its joints are secured and glued to give unrivaled sturdiness. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters are the only five star wood shutter in the world and utilize two different varieties of joints: dowel joints and mortise and tenon joints, which adds sturdiness. We’re proud to be the only place which can give you shutters constructed to last a lifetime.

Sunburst Shutters makes it a priority to take special care in the measuring, manufacturing, and installation processes to give you picture-perfect custom shutters that match your windows perfectly.

Color That Keeps

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

Everybody wants shutters that will look brand-new several years after you buy them. Other composite shutters may discolor or fade over the years. Our Polywood shutters are encased with a protective finish that uses UV-inhibitors which keeps your shutters looking brand-new. In addition, a simple wipe down with a dustrag is all that’s necessary to keep your plantation shutters spotless.


When selecting shutters or other window coverings, the warranty is another major component. When choosing a top of the line shutter, you would benefit from a warranty to protect your investment. Our Polywood shutters include a lifetime warranty against any imperfections that might occur in materials, workmanship, paint finish, or installation. Sunburst’s Ovation shutters include a warranty which protects you from any manufacturer imperfections. 

Find Out More About Long-lasting Plantation Shutters

Want to find out more about your shutter options in Kingsport? Call us at 276-685-5343 or fill out the form below to set up your design consultation that’s completely free and done in the comfort of your own home!