October National Window Covering Safety Awareness Month

September 29, 2019 1:06 pm Published by

During the month of October, deemed National Window Covering Safety Month, Sunburst Shutters joins forces with Parents For Window Blind Safety (PFWBS™)  in efforts to raise awareness around window safety for children and at home who could be at-risk of the potential dangers that corded window treatments pose.

While, earlier this year in January, after 17 years of advocacy from PFWBS, The Window Covering Manufacturing Association, (WCMA) imposed a new safety standard that removed hazardous cords on stock window coverings in the USA.  It’s likely many homes have window coverings that do comply with the new standards, that can post a serious threats to children from infants to adolescents.

As parents attempt to reduce the risk of other home accidents for children, it’s important for them to be aware of the hazards that lurk in the least expected places.  Though, most of the accidents that occur in the home are preventable, proactive parents can play a critical role in avoiding these accidents by closely examining their own home for potential dangers.

A couple dangers inside the home that parents often overlook or treat lightly are the windows & window coverings, where incidences range from falls to, sadly, hazardous cords that can lengthen and cause strangulation.

Below are four window safety tips that can help to protect your children and even pets too!

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1- Install Windows With the Latches on Top.
If the window latch is out of your child’s reach, you can eliminate the risk of the child opening the window and falling out, or even the danger of getting caught between the window and the window sill.  Consider installing new windows in children’s rooms if you have windows with latches at the bottom of the window—within reach of children.  Installing windows with the latch on top can deter children from opening the window and exposing themselves to even more safety hazards.

2- Follow the “Four Inch” Rule.
Follow the four-inch rule means installing window stops that allow windows to open no more than four inches. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child’s head cannot typically fit through an opening in the window four inches or less.  In addition to stops, you can use window guards to prevent children from falling out of the window.  Screens are made to keep bugs out – NOT to keep small children in.  They are also designed to pop out for fire safety, and the weight of a toddler can easily push through the screen.  Using window guards or window stops–available at most home improvement stores–can help prevent a small child from falling through a frail window screen.

3-Install Cordless Window Coverings starting in bedrooms and play areas.

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A little-known and often over-looked danger in many homes is corded window blinds.  According to a recent study by Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital more than 600 young children are treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) each year for injuries related to corded window blinds between 1990 and 2015. 271 infants and young children died from accidentally strangling in window cords – and an estimated 140 children have died from strangulation in window covering cords since 2000, the year “safety devices” were implemented into the safety regulations by the window blind industry.  PFWBS, who documents extensive injury data, states that many of the recorded deaths and injuries involved products which used “safety devices” that complied with the current ANSI/WCMA A100.1 Safety Standard at the time of the incident.

PFWBS also awards window covering products by giving manufactures their unbiased  Lab Tested Mom Approved Seal when products meet the non-profit’s lab criteria for safety.  Sunburst Shutters was the first shutter company to receive this approval in 2005, as interior shutters have been deemed the safest window covering, not only because of their completely cordless nature (compared to mini blinds, shades, curtains, etc.) but in addition, it is physically impossible for a child to fit into the space between each louver of the Sunburst Shutter – while blinds with hazardous cords can often trap children in several ways by either loose inner cords,  cords tied up in safety cleats or looped cords and chains in tie down devices that break away from walls.

4- Keep Furniture Away From Windows & Window Coverings With Cords

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Even if you have followed all-of-the-above safety precautions, keeping children completely away from windows will further prevent window-related accidents.  Be sure to place cribs, playpens, beds, tables etc. against the wall and away from any windows, especially if they are covered with long corded window treatments.

Some reports of accidental strangulations involve window cords within reach of not only an infant’s crib or playpen, but even when older children, roughly between ages 5-7, are innocently playing.

It is important to note that there are no infallible solutions to child proofing, especially when it comes to your home’s windows and window treatments, as accidents can occur regardless, even with adult supervision.

But rest assured, when it comes to window safety, Sunburst’s interior shutters are optimal in offering safety; in addition to having several frame options available for complete window coverage, they are100% cordless and hazard-free.

To upgrade your home and safe-proof your window treatments with Sunburst Shutters today.

For more information about window safety visit www.sunburstshutters.com/safety-awareness & www.pfwbs.org .

 

Sunburst Shutters Earns the Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

January 21, 2011 12:57 pm Published by

LAS VEGAS, NV: Sunburst Shutters has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to providing consistently high quality customer service, as judged by the customers who hired them,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.

“We are honored to win this Super Service award from Angie’s List,” said Dix Jarman, CEO of Sunburst Shutters. “It demonstrates that our people are going above and beyond the call of duty to make our customers totally satisfied with the best window treatments in the business.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2010 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Sunburst Shutters has been servicing the Las Vegas area since 1978 and prides itself on offering the best products and service in the window treatment industry. Sunburst has been recognized locally and nationally for superior products and service. Sunburst exclusively offers the Polywood Shutter which offers the best energy savings of any window treatment on the market.

Sunburst Shutters is located at 6480 W. Flamingo Rd Suite D in Las Vegas. The showroom is open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5PM, Saturdays from 10AM -1PM. Sunburst offers a total shop-at-home program. Visit www.SunburstShutters.com for more information or call 702-367-1600.

Angie’s List collects consumer reviews on local contractors in more than 500 service categories. Currently, more than 1 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them make the best hiring decisions. Members get unlimited access to local ratings via Internet or phone, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine and help from the Angie’s List complaint resolution service. Take a quick tour of Angie’s List and view the latest Angie’s List news.

Don’t Let Money Go Out the Window

May 1, 2010 12:58 pm Published by

Windows can be one of the home’s most attractive features – but they can also be the main source of temperature loss. According to the US Department of Energy, windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of your heating bill. Fortunately, improving insulation doesn’t have to mean replacing all your windows.

Measuring Energy Efficiency
Understanding the following three terms will help you make smart choices when searching for ways to make your windows more energy efficient.

  • U-factor: The window industry measures the energy efficiency in terms of thermal transmission, also known as U-factor. The U-factor shows you how well the window keeps the air conditioned temperature inside your home from escaping outside. A low U-factor means the window will insulate your house better.
  • Solar heat gain: This measures how well the window blocks heat from the sun from getting indoors.
  • R-value: Insulating products are rated in terms of thermal resistance – how well the product resists heat loss. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation.

Insulation Options
Homeowners have several options for improving window insulation. Blinds, drapes, and shades offer minimal energy savings. Interior plantation shutters are a good way many homeowners choose to increase energy efficiency while adding distinctive style.

Ordinary shutters can allow significant airflow and heat transfer through unsealed gaps. The Polywood Shutter Insulating System was created by Sunburst Shutters to reduce temperature flow through windows. Polywood has been tested and proven to reduce heat transfer and significantly improve the U-factor, solar heat gain, and R-value of any window. Adding Polywood to a standard double paned window provides a U-factor of 0.10 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.17 – which are better ratings than most replacement windows by themselves.

The Polywood shutter’s inner core is made from materials that act as an insulator, and the panels have built-in weather stripping and a unique paint finish which reflects temperature, all of which helps block out extreme temperatures and the sun’s damaging rays. Thermal imaging tests show that Polywood offers up to 30 degrees of protection against outdoor heat and cold extremes.

To learn more about interior shutters visit www.sunburstshutters.com.

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978  and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies, and window films.

Sunburst Shutters Wins the Better Business Bureau’s Golden Apple Award

April 16, 2010 1:00 pm Published by

Sunburst Shutters awarded by BBB for a high level of customer service and satisfaction

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada awarded its prestigious Golden Apple Award to Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions.  The award was presented to Sunburst Shutters’ CEO Dix Jarman and Las Vegas General Manager Stan Nielson at a March ceremony.

The Golden Apple Award is presented annually to the company that demonstrates a high level of customer service and satisfaction.  This award was presented to Sunburst after the BBB received a customer testimonial nominating Sunburst.  BBB also researched customers about Sunburst’s track record for superior customer satisfaction.

“We are honored by this award,” said Dix Jarman, CEO.  “We’ve always tried to be the best customer service organization in town and the Golden Apple Award demonstrates that we’re achieving that goal.”

Yet, for Sunburst Shutters, the award does not mean the company has reached its objective.  “The importance of customer service to Sunburst is never ending,” said Stan Nielson, General Manager.  “This award is motivation to continue our efforts, not a sign that we’ve finished something.”

The BBB highlighted a testimonial from Jack James, a Sunburst customer in 2009.  “Sunburst Shutters gave me the best service, the best product and the best price.  Best of all, they treated me with respect and were considerate in every way,” James said.  “They did what they said they would do.  After my remodeling experience, no other company comes close to Sunburst Shutters.”

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978  and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.

Polywood® Shutters: Winterizing Your Home

November 1, 2009 1:04 pm Published by

A beautiful year-round solution for seasonal energy conservation

Winterizing your home to save on energy bills does not always have to be a seasonal hassle, or one that is repeated year after year. An important way to start preparing for winter weather is to properly insulate your windows, a common escape route for warm air inside your house.

In the past, homeowners have relied on inconvenient and temporary winterizing methods such as unsightly weather stripping, bulky extra insulation, and other less attractive techniques to keep the winter cold outside and the wanted warmth inside.  These are quick fixes that need to be updated again and again.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, windows are one of the largest sources of heat loss in the winter due to their low insulating ability and high air leakage rates. As a result, windows are typically net energy losers, and can be responsible for losing 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes.

Sunburst Shutters® offers homeowners a beautiful and permanent way to create more insulated, energy efficient windows – Polywood® interior shutters.

Polywood is a synthetic material that’s been proven to be more energy efficient than any other window treatment.  Third-party thermal conductivity research comparing the energy efficiency of Polywood shutters to that of wood shutters and aluminum mini-blinds found that Polywood shutters are 70 percent more energy efficient than wood shutters and 1,600 percent more energy efficient than aluminum mini-blinds.

Polywood shutters have the appearance of real wood, but without the problems commonly associated with wood shutters such as cracking, warping, and peeling. Polywood is a solid resin that blocks air flow through your windows.

Researchers are not the only ones aware of the energy-saving characteristics of Polywood. Homeowners across the country have had these durable shutters installed to create energy-efficient homes in both hot and cold climates.

Massachusetts resident David Mintz says he saw a 20 percent savings in his energy bill after installing Polywood interior shutters in his home.  In a state where winter temperatures regularly reach below freezing, conserving heat is a high priority for most households each winter.

“Bottom line, Polywood shutters have been an amazing investment for our home,” said Mintz. “We have had them for the past two winters, and we spent significantly less on heating bills each year. Plus they are a beautiful addition to every room of the house – we even installed them on our basement windows.”

Mintz also noted that the shutters helped block out light and sound, in addition to the cold winter air. “When the shutters are closed, our room stays pitch black and we don’t hear the sounds of traffic outside – nothing gets through.”

Polywood shutters from Sunburst are the only window treatment to bring classic beauty, value, and energy savings to your home year-round.  Instead of weather stripping your windows (or other unsightly winterizing methods) year after year, install interior shutters once to save money on your heating bill this winter.  You’ll enjoy their energy efficiency as well as the beauty they ad to your windows.  To locate a retail store near you, visit www.sunburstshutters.com.

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978  and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.

Keep Summer Heat Outside with Shutters Inside

July 1, 2009 1:00 pm Published by

Three ways interior shutters can help beat the heat this summer

(ARA) – From the intense dry heat of the Southwest to the hot, humid climate of the East Coast and Midwest, summer means battling the heat!  This time of year, homeowners across the country are fighting to lower air conditioning bills, protect furniture from the harsh rays of the sun, and keep their families cool and comfortable.

The latest trend in home decorating can solve all three problems: interior shutters made from Polywood, an engineered wood substitute.  Polywood is a synthetic material that insulates against the summer heat and blocks the sun from entering the home better than any other window covering.  Available exclusively through Sunburst Shutters and its licensed dealers, the shutters will not fade, warp, crack or discolor when exposed to extreme heat.

Shutters are not only a beautiful addition to any home’s décor, but they are practical as well.  They provide a barrier between heat entering the home and cool air leaving it.

Here are three ways that shutters can help beat the heat this summer while making your home look beautiful.

* As the cost of power increases, homeowners search for more ways to cut back on their electric bills.  Dix Jarman, CEO of Sunburst Shutters, the country’s largest shutter manufacturer, says that Polywood Shutters are one way to increase the efficiency of a home’s air conditioning system.

“We have conducted studies on the insulating properties of Polywood compared to blinds, drapes, shades, and other shutters,” says Jarman.  “When it comes to keeping out summer heat, Polywood consistently outperforms every window treatment.”

Polywood has been tested to be 70 percent more energy efficient than wood shutters and 1600 percent more energy efficient than aluminum mini-blinds.

Additional insulation against the sun’s rays equates to real savings in summer cooling bills.  Just ask Kelly Wagner of Las Vegas.

“Over the past five years that we’ve had Polywood shutters in our home, the cost of power in Las Vegas has gone up and up,” says Wagner.  “We’ve noticed that with shutters on nearly every window, instead of going up, our air conditioning costs have stayed the same.”

* Harsh summer light can cause permanent damage to carpets and furniture by fading colors and patterns.  Shutters block out these rays almost completely, unlike curtains or blinds that only provide partial coverage.

“The carpet beneath our windows that have Polywood shutters has remained a dark hunter green, while the areas that do not have shutters have faded to a light turquoise color,” said Wagner.  “Closing the shutters during the hottest time of the day has saved our carpet.”

Jarman says long-term fade protection for carpet and furniture is one of the benefits Polywood customers report years after installing shutters.

“People invest thousands of dollars into carpet and furniture, only to let them be ruined from sun streaming through their windows,” says Jarman.  “Once homeowners notice the effects, it’s too late.  Shutters are a beautiful way to protect furniture from fading right now.”

* With Polywood shutters your home can be an oasis against the summer heat.  Coming home to a cool, comfortable room is a calming experience after a long summer day.  The white, crisp look of Polywood shutters, coupled with their cooling influence against the sun, creates a comfortable atmosphere for any family to enjoy.

Phoenix resident Chad Taylor said, “When I took down my blinds and replaced them with Sunburst Shutters, I could feel an immediate difference in the temperature of the room.”

Many families avoid using certain rooms in the summer that get direct sunlight during the day and become uncomfortably hot.  Installing interior shutters helps homeowners reclaim these rooms during the warmest months of the year.

So as you aim to fight back at the summer sun, remember that windows are a major conduit of heat transfer into your home.  Choose the right window treatment and you’ll be much cooler this summer.  For more information on Polywood or Sunburst Shutters, visit www.sunburstshutters.com.

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Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions 
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978  and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.

Sunburst Shutters Expands Its Product Line To Include All Window Treatments

March 4, 2009 1:02 pm Published by

Changes its name to “Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions.”

Sunburst Shutters has added a variety of new custom window treatments to its current product line, in order to offer everything the customer needs for their windows.

To showcase this broadened product line, the company has expanded its name to Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions.

The new window treatments include wood and faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, Roman shades, roller shades, cellular shades, soft shades, woven woods, drapery treatments, panel track systems, solar window film, security window film, and exterior shutters.

These products offer various options, including room-darkening, cordless and motorized controls, valances, border treatments, solar protection, as well as hundreds of materials, patterns and colors.

“Now we offer a complete line of window treatments,” said Dix Jarman, CEO.  “Customers who have always relied on us for top quality shutters will find the same level of quality in our other products too.”

For Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions, this expansion does not take away from its core product—shutters.  “We’re still the nation’s best shutter manufacturer,” said Jarman.  “Polywood shutters are still the best treatment you can put in your windows, but now we have other options to fit every budget, every decorating style and every need.”

These products are now available at Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions stores across the country.  Sunburst’s window treatment professionals provide an in-home consultation to help customers make the best selection for their home.

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978 and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.

 

Latest Trend in Home Décor: Go Green

November 1, 2008 1:03 pm Published by

Polywood Shutters save trees and energy

(Las Vegas) – Homeowners who want to do something good for the environment but feel overwhelmed by the task are turning to “green” home products as a way to help conserve our natural resources and add beauty to their homes at the same time.

Architects and designers across the country report that clients are requesting and in some cases requiring that designers find new ways to “go green.”

“Not only do people want earth-friendly and energy efficient homes, but they are demanding them like never before,” said Nate Timms, a Salt Lake City architect. “Clients are really leading the charge when it comes to green design and architects are trying to stay one step ahead by finding new products and concepts that fit the bill.”

This trend is supported by families from Hollywood to Hillsboro, and it has even made its way into a part of the home that is never very energy efficient: the windows.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, windows are one of the largest sources of heat or air conditioning loss due to their low insulating ability and high air leakage rates. As a result, windows are typically net energy losers, and can be responsible for losing 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes.

Sunburst Shutters offers homeowners a beautiful and permanent way to create more insulated, energy efficient windows that are also good for the environment — Polywood interior shutters.

Polywood, an engineered wood substitute, has the appearance of wood without the problems commonly associated with wood such as cracking, warping, splitting or fading.  It also receives high marks for both its classic good looks and its green qualities.

“Products like Polywood do not use up our natural resources and are a great alternative to wood shutters or mini blinds that need to be replaced every few years,” says Dix Jarman, CEO of Sunburst Shutters.  “It is important for consumers to do their homework on this topic – even some synthetic products can be harmful to the environment if they are completely petroleum based. Polywood is made from recyclable synthetic material that is a by-product of natural gas, making it far more earth-friendly than other shutters.”

Some “green” products are manufactured in a way that protects the environment from pollution and waste, while others conserve energy and save valuable resources: Polywood shutters are both.

Third-party thermal conductivity research comparing the energy efficiency of Polywood shutters to that of wood shutters and aluminum mini-blinds found that Polywood shutters are 70 percent more energy efficient than wood shutters and 1,600 percent more energy efficient than aluminum mini-blinds.

Boston resident David Mintz installed Sunburst’s Polywood shutters throughout his entire house and has since witnessed a significant drop in his heating and cooling bills. “Bottom line, Polywood shutters have been an amazing investment for our home,” said Mintz. “We have had them for the past two years, and we spent approximately 20 percent less on power bills each year. Plus they are a beautiful addition to every room of the house.”

The trend toward earth-friendly design and decor is not expected to slow any time soon. Choosing products that are efficient and made of sustainable materials is one way homeowners can do their part to pitch in for the “green” cause.

Polywood shutters from Sunburst are the only “green” window treatment to bring classic beauty, value, and energy savings to your home year-round.  To locate a retail store near you, visit www.sunburstshutters.com.

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978  and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.

Sunburst Shutters Helps You Support Earth Day Every Day

April 1, 2006 1:06 pm Published by

Install Polywood Shutters as an alternative to wood

(LAS VEGAS, Nev.)—Home décor products can be both beautiful and good for the environment.  Sunburst Shutters has the solution with The Polywood® Shutter – interior shutters made from an energy-efficient, recyclable synthetic product that is a substitute for wood.

Reducing the amount of energy used and the amount of products that destroy natural resources is the premise for Earth Day, celebrated across the globe on April 22.

Sunburst’s Polywood® Shutter achieves both of these goals. Polywood is made from an engineered wood substitute that has the appearance of real wood without the problems often associated with wood including warping, cracking and splitting as a result of age and exposure to heat and cold.

Unlike other synthetic shutters, Polywood is a solid material with a baked-on paint finish.  Polywood shutters look so much like real wood that most homeowners cannot tell the difference. In addition to being a beautiful addition to any home, Polywood is also good for the environment and uses few natural resources.

“In making a real wood shutter, more than 50 percent of a tree is wasted before it even gets to your window,” says Dix Jarman, CEO of Sunburst Shutters.  “The Polywood shutter is made from a recyclable wood substitute and a by-product of natural gas, not a petroleum-based product.”

Not only are Polywood shutters safe for the environment, but they have been tested and proven to be 70 percent more energy-efficient than wood shutters. This beautiful window treatment helps homeowners save money on power bills and reduce their home’s overall energy consumption.

“During the past five years that we have had Polywood shutters in our home, the cost of power in Las Vegas has gone up and up,” says Kelly Wagner, Las Vegas resident.  “We have noticed that with Polywood shutters on every window, instead of going up with the rate increases, our heating and air conditioning costs have stayed the same.”

Phoenix resident Chad Taylor agrees.  “Once I took down my blinds and replaced them with Sunburst Shutters,” Taylor said, “you could feel an immediate difference in the temperature of the room.”

Polywood is proof that earth-friendly home products can also be beautiful.  The real-wood look and classic, clean finish of Polywood shutters compliments almost any décor, from traditional to contemporary.

“Since there were no visible differences between Polywood and painted wood shutters, we chose Polywood for its other qualities,” said Wagner. “Our shutters not only look good but they are so easy to take care of and will not warp or turn yellow in the harsh summer sun.”

For more information on Polywood, visit www.sunburstshutters.com and click on “products.”

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®.  Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com.  Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.

About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business since 1978  and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.

Sunburst Shutters Featured in Upcoming “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

March 10, 2005 1:07 pm Published by

Country’s largest shutter manufacturer makes its first reality television debut

(LAS VEGAS, NV) – When Sunburst Shutters executives took a shutter sample to the site of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition being filmed in North Las Vegas last Fall, they were confident that the company’s products would end up on an upcoming edition of ABC’s hit reality television show.

“We knew our shutters would enhance any house the show was working on,” said John Barnes, Vice President of Marketing at Sunburst Shutters. “Sunburst wanted a chance to be involved, so we brought our interior shutters on-location so the design team could see them first-hand.”

After several discussions with show executives, Sunburst was selected to provide the window treatments on the show’s next project. The company’s dedication to quality installation, its nation-wide network of stores, and its line of premium shutters made Sunburst the logical choice over other shutter manufacturers. Conveniently, the scheduled home makeover was located in New Orleans, one of the company’s 42 locations.

“This project never would have happened without lots of great companies like Sunburst Shutters who understand how important it is to do a good thing for a deserving family,” said Tom Forman, executive producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Unlike a typical Sunburst Shutters project, these shutters had to be made in advance before windows had even been built or installed in the house. The premium wood shutters that were chosen for the makeover were made at Sunburst Shutters’ Southern California facility. Measurements were sent before the house was even built so the shutters were ready to install during the seven-day makeover.

A wood shutter project of this size would normally take six to eight weeks to measure, build and install. But with the urgent deadlines that give the show its “extreme” name, the Southern California store built the shutters and shipped them to New Orleans in just two weeks.

“As the largest interior shutter manufacturer in the nation, we have the resources to make something like this happen,” said Barnes. “Every shutter we build is customized to exactly fit the window. With this project, our team worked with the show on every detail, from the coverage of the drywall to the type and thickness of texture treatment applied to the walls, as these factors affect the installation process. We also confirmed all building standards and validated measurements before building the shutters.”

The shutters used on the New Orleans project are from Sunburst’s Ovation line and are made of furniture-grade solid Teak. All parts of the shutters are kiln-dried and water-sealed for moisture control to prevent warping and cracking. They are hand-made and come in 40 varieties of colors and wood stains. The color customization options allowed the show’s designers to find a stain that matched the kitchen cabinets almost perfectly.

“The shutters were one of last elements installed in the home,” said Barnes. “They were really the finishing touch that provided a clean, classic look for this family’s home. Once they were in, everyone on the set commented on their beauty and some even wanted them in their own homes – people loved them!”

The Sunburst Shutter team did more than just install shutters during the show – they were on-hand to build furniture, haul materials and help with clean-up. “We put in about 100 labor hours for the makeover, and about one-third of those were for non-shutter related activities,” said Barnes. “We wanted this family to have the best results possible when they saw their home for the first time.”

The episode featuring Sunburst Shutters is scheduled to air on Sunday, April 3.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. The show airs Sundays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.
About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country.  It has been in business for over 30 years and has sold more than six million shutters.  In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.