What is our opinion on NormanTeak™?
I remember in 2012, we were initially concerned when Norman announced that their Sussex line of Shutters was transitioning to their own locally grown lumber named NormanTeak™. It was a valid concern, we knew very little about the new hardwood apart from the fact that it was Teak. We all know teak to be a high quality material, but we wanted to see how the new material looked, felt, and more importantly lasted when compared to the basswood that we were all used to. Since then, we have had a few years to work closely with the NormanTeak material and have grown to love the new hardwood and what it brings to the table. First of all, We love the fact that it’s sustainably grown. We also love that it has proven to be very strong, as we have yet to have a single warranty callback on the product. We back up Norman’s Warranty with our own Lifetime Service Warranty, so this is obviously VERY important to us. The most important thing of all though, is that NormanTeak™ is a beautiful hardwood. Sussex was always one of the most beautiful shutters on the market, so we are very glad to see that the change in material didn’t alter that. If anything, the teak has given the shutter a more consistent look from louver to louver in terms of coloring and grain. We still feel that NormanTeak is best showcased with a stained finish rather than a painted finish, simply due to the fact that Norman’s Normandy line offers 90% of the same benefits that NormanTeak offers when painted. We will still recommend NormanTeak on exceptionally large painted panels, just because of it’s added strength, but for most of our clients looking for painted shutters, Normandy is still the perfect option, especially since it costs less too!