Bathroom with plantation shutters

The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in New York City

September 29, 2016

Anywhere you live, from New York City to the other side of the country, your house has a common need with almost every other house in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the style of your house, the conditions outside, or the size of your family living in your home, 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 make it simpler to understand, we’ll break down successful each window treatment is at standing up to water and let you know which ones are best for the spaces that experience the most humidity.

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. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what water can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with moisture, as it makes wood bloat and deform, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with water may also turn the existing hollows of the wood into breeding grounds for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should stay far away from rooms that may get damp such as the bathroom.

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

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

New York City kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not technically waterproof, window treatments here won’t be at risk 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 contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the stress that comes if the room gets too steamy.

Other window treatments that are able to handle the majority of impairment from water are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same design appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a huge variety of shades, 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 constructed from a special compound that is completely impervious to the debilitating effects of moisture, 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 shutter 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, a waterproof window treatment should be a number one priority. Let Sunburst Shutters New York help by calling 631-246-3930 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get more suggestions for those rooms and others, check out our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to learn about the perfect window treatments for every space in your New York City house!
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