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APRIL, 2017

Window Treatments
Home Maintenance
Window Shutters

Most people that have apprehensions about wood shutters are concerned that there will be water damage when placed in bathrooms, kitchen or areas that are exposed to water and moisture. Most shutter companies will have two solutions to that: faux wood blinds or vinyl shutters.

 

Faux wood blinds are a great frugal alternative to shutters, and with vinyl shutters you don’t have to compromise the look of shutters for water resistant capabilities. However vinyl shutters longevity and durability definitely mirrors their price point.

Poly shutters however, which are a little more difficult to find and a bit more expensive, look and feel identical to solid wood shutters and have superior water resistant capabilities compared to vinyl. Poly shutters can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms to ease any consumer’s doubts.

Plantation Shutters – Master Bath
Photograph by US Shutters and Blinds

When introduced to poly, because it is of a higher price point, customers think they need it for their whole home, but should they? The answer is no, poly is great and durable but so is solid wood and to pay a higher price to get water resistant throughout your home is not necessary.

Things that you do need to keep an eye out for however, is if the “wood” a company is trying to sell you is composite or solid. Solid wood, if correctly painted and sealed can hold up to water and moisture fairly well however composite because it is made of wood chips bound together is terrible when exposed to moisture.

Photograph by US Shutters and Blinds

Being a more educated and conscious consumer can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Know what you like and what your home and home’s location needs. Therefore knowing you need water resistant window treatments and knowing all the options that are out there, such as poly, will guarantee you’re not settling for mediocre products.

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