The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Houston09/29/2016Cory Cryer Wherever you live, from Houston to the furthest coast, your home has a common need with almost every other one in the country: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the layout of your home, the outdoor weather, or the number of people who are living in your house, you’ll still have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms. Like most homeowners know, not all window coverings are created equal as to how well they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll dive into proficient each window treatment is at handling water and let you know which ones work best in the spaces that experience the most moisture. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Water Smart Houston homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that won’t mix with moisture. Go ahead and ask the owner of a hardwood floor what moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it can cause wood to expand and deform, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent moisture might also turn the natural pockets of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should probably not be chosen for spaces that get wet such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with water. Although the harm to fabric won’t be as extensive or visible, prolonged and recurrent exposure to humidity can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this category aren’t susceptible to lasting damage when chosen for damp rooms. This level of window treatments comprises just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the beauty of a solid wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the stress that homeowners might get if the room becomes too humid. Alternative window treatments that tend to handle most of the 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 versatile. They can be purchased in a huge variety of colors, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, all while being a great fit for rooms that see moisture. However, blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich spaces. Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that completely ignores humidity, dampness, liquid and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Houston is happy to provide one of the small number of completely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfect for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a formulated compound that is completely unaffected to the weakening effects of water, no matter if they’re produced inside your home or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We know the lengths at which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so sure of its longevity that every installation is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform like new, without any problems. Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Houston If your home is in a humid or rainy climate, or if you need more effective window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your top concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Houston give an assist by calling 713-853-9629 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to get additional ideas for those rooms and others, peruse our new Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the best window treatments for every space in your Houston house!