Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Boston

Holly Perron

No matter where your home is, from Boston to the furthest coast, your house has a common need with just about every other home in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the layout of your home, the outdoor climate, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll usually have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

Like most homeowners know, not each window treatment is created equal as to how capably they handle moisture and water. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at effective each window treatment is at dealing with water and let you know which ones are best for the areas that see the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Stand Up To Moisture

Seasoned Boston homeowners know that a few materials just can’t handle water. Simply ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes water, as it makes wood bloat and bow, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Consistent moisture may also turn the natural cavities of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments don’t work too well with humidity either. Despite the fact that the harm to fabric may not be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, long term and frequent exposure to moisture can compromise the weave of most fabrics, and that can may result in discoloration and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Boston kitchen faux wood blinds.
Albeit not quite waterproof, window treatments in this classification aren’t susceptible to long term damage when placed in damp rooms. This level of window treatments features just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that may occur whenever the room gets too steamy.

Alternative window treatments that are able to stand up to most of the impairment from water are aluminum blinds. Though they don’t possess the same interior fashion appeal and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a huge variety of colors, with cut-out options and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for the kitchen or bathroom. However, blinds that possess cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich areas.

Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Boston bathroom.
Here’s the level you’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off water, moisture, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Boston is happy to provide one of the very few completely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated material that is completely immune to the weakening effects of dampness, whether coming from inside your home or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We can show you the extent to which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so confident in its longevity that every product is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function fantastically, without any problems.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Boston

If your home is in a coastal or humid climate, or if you want more effective window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be a top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Boston lend a hand by calling 781-352-2205 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to get more suggestions for those rooms and others, check out our new Ultimate Room Guide to learn about the most effective window treatments for every space in your Boston home!