The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Gainesville09/29/2016Eric Ramsey Anywhere you live, from Gainesville to hundreds of miles away, your home has a common need with almost every other home in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the style of your house, the outdoor conditions, or how many people are living in your home, you’ll usually have the same rooms with humidity: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Like most homeowners know, not all window treatments are made equal in regards to how effectively they handle water and humidity. To help out, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at standing up to water and let you know which products work best in the rooms that experience the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Handle Water Experienced Gainesville homeowners know that some materials just don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood hates water, as it can cause wood to bloat and bow, which usually makes wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture might also turn the natural pockets of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should stay far away from rooms that may get damp such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments don’t do great with water either. Even though the wear to fabric may not be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, long term and repeated exposure to moisture can damage the weave of many fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments in this category aren’t in danger of long term damage when placed in moisture-laden rooms. This group of window treatments comprises just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the aesthetic of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the headache that comes if the room becomes too humid. Other window treatments that can resist the majority of damage from water are aluminum blinds. Though not offering quite the level of style and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a huge variety of hues, with cut-out options and privacy features, at the same time being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that have pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-heavy spaces. Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that you’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Gainesville is happy to offer one of the only 100% waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are built from a formulated composite that is completely immune to the debilitating effects of dampness, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so confident in its durability that every product is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function fantastically, without any problems. Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Gainesville If you live in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your number one priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Gainesville lend a hand by calling 813-602-5966 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive additional inspiration for those rooms and beyond, read through our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the perfect window treatments for every space in your Gainesville house!