Bathroom with plantation shutters

Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Boston

September 29, 2016

No matter where your home is, from Boston to the furthest coast, your house has a need in common with almost every other home in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the layout of your home, the outdoor climate, or the number of people who are living in your home, you’ll usually have the same rooms with humidity: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.

Like most homeowners know, not every window treatment is created equal as to how well they handle moisture and water. To help out, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at dealing with water and let you know which ones are best for the spaces that encounter the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Handle Moisture

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

Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with moisture. 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 at this level aren’t susceptible to permanent damage when used in damp rooms. This group of window treatments features just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that may occur every time the room gets too humid.

Alternative window treatments that are able to handle 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 wide range of colors, with cut-out options and privacy features, all while being a great fit for the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that possess cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich areas.

Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Boston bathroom.
 
Here’s the level homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that can shrug off water, moisture, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Boston is pleased 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 special material that is completely immune to the damaging effects of dampness, whether coming from inside your home or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We’ve seen how well Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so sure of its longevity that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down 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 help by calling 781-352-2205 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get additional 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!
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