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The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Charlotte

September 29, 2016

Anywhere your home is, from Charlotte to the other side of the country, your house has a common need with almost every other house in America: waterproof window treatments. No matter the structure of your home, the outdoor conditions, or how many people are living with you, you’ll typically have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen.

Obviously, not each window treatment is made equal when it comes to how capably they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at handling water and tell you which products work best in the spaces that encounter the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Deal With Moisture

Seasoned Charlotte homeowners know that a few materials just won’t mix with moisture. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as it makes wood expand and warp, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Frequent water can also turn the existing pockets of the lumber into breeding grounds for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should probably not be chosen for rooms that may get damp such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments don’t do too well with humidity either. Even though the wear to fabric might not be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, extended and recurrent exposure to moisture can damage the weave of many fabrics, and that can cause color fading and fabric deterioration.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Charlotte kitchen faux wood blinds.
Though not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of long term damage when used in humid rooms. This group of window treatments comprises most every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the beauty of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the worry that homeowners might get whenever the room starts getting too steamy.

More window treatments that are able to handle the majority of damage from moisture are aluminum blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the level of style and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a large variety of shades, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being perfect for those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich rooms.

Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Charlotte bathroom.
This is what we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Charlotte is pleased to offer one of the few 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated compound that is completely impervious to the debilitating effects of humidity, no matter if they’re produced inside your home or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We can show you the extent to which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so sure of its resilience that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform like new, without any issues.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Charlotte

If you live in a coastal or humid area, or if you need more effective window treatments for the areas of your home with moisture, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a top concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Charlotte help by calling 980-231-1116 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for further inspiration for those rooms and beyond, check out our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to find the perfect window treatments for every room in your Charlotte house!