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Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in New Brunswick

September 29, 2016

Anywhere your home is, from New Brunswick to the furthest coast, your house shares a need with almost every other house in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the layout of your house, the outdoor climate, or the number of people who are living in your house, you’ll still 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 in regards to how well they handle moisture and water. To simplify it, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at standing up to moisture and find out which ones work best in the spaces that see the most moisture.

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

Experienced New Brunswick homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that can’t handle water. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood does not get along with moisture, as it can cause wood to bloat and deform, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent water can also turn the inherent pockets of the lumber into a haven for mildew. These facts suggest solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in moisture-heavy areas like the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with humidity. Despite the fact that the wear to fabric may not be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, extended and frequent exposure to water can impair the weave of many fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

New Brunswick kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not quite waterproof, window treatments at this level won’t be at risk of lasting damage when used in moisture-laden rooms. This group of window treatments includes just about every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the stress that may occur if the room starts getting too steamy.

Other window treatments that are able to stand up to the majority of wear 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 can be purchased in a wide range of colors, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, at the same time being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that possess pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-heavy rooms.

Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in New Brunswick bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that completely ignores moisture, water, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick is happy to offer one of the very few totally waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a special material that is completely resistant to the debilitating effects of water, no matter if they’re coming from inside your home or from the weather outside.

Not convinced? We’ve seen 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 superbly, with no problems.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Ready For Anything, New Brunswick

If you live in a coastal or humid climate, or if you want new window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick lend a hand by calling 732-301-6168 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to get further ideas for those rooms and beyond, peruse our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the most effective window treatments for every room in your New Brunswick home!
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