The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in New York City

Darren Zuckerman

Anywhere you live, from New York City to the furthest coast, your space has a need in common with almost every other home in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the style of your house, the conditions outside, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll usually have the same rooms with moisture: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen.

As you may have figured, not all window treatments are made equal in regards to how capably they handle moisture and water. To help out, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at handling moisture and let you know which ones are best for the spaces that experience the most water.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Deal With Moisture

Smart New York City homeowners know that certain materials just won’t mix with moisture. Go ahead and ask any hardwood floor owner what water can do to lumber. Solid wood hates moisture, as it makes wood bloat and deform, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with water might also turn the existing hollows of the wood into breeding grounds for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should not be used in moisture-heavy areas such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t do great with water either. Even though the damage to fabric won’t be as extensive or easy to see, extended and recurrent exposure to humidity can impair the weave of several fabrics, which can lead to discoloring and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

New York City kitchen faux wood blinds.
Though not quite waterproof, window treatments here won’t be in danger of long term damage when chosen for moisture-heavy rooms. This category of window treatments features most anything designated “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the beauty of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the stress that may occur if the room gets too steamy.

Other window treatments that are able to stand up to the majority of impairment from water are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same level of style and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a wide range of hues, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, at the same time being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. But blinds that have pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-heavy areas.

Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in New York City bathroom.
Here’s the level you’ve waited for: the window treatment that completely ignores water, moisture, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters New York is happy to provide one of the only completely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are built from a special compound that is completely unaffected to the debilitating effects of humidity, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from the weather outside.

Not convinced? We can show you the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we back every product with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function fantastically, with no issues.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, New York City

If you live in a humid or rainy climate, or if you need more effective window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment ought to be a chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters New York help by calling 631-246-3930 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for additional ideas for those rooms and others, check out our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the perfect window treatments for every space in your New York City house!