The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Charlotte09/29/2016Neil Blackwelder Anywhere your home is, from Charlotte to the furthest coast, your house has a common need with just about every other house in America: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the style of your home, the outdoor conditions, or the number of people who are living with you, you’ll still have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. As you may have figured, not every window treatment is made equal when it comes to how well they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll break down successful each window treatment is at standing up to water and help you find which products work best in the spaces that see the most moisture. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’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 humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as it makes wood expand and warp, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Frequent water can also turn the existing pockets of the lumber into the perfect home 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 work too well with humidity either. Even though the harm to fabric might not be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, prolonged and recurrent exposure to moisture can compromise the weave of several fabrics, and that can lead to color fading and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of permanent damage when placed in moisture-laden rooms. This group of window treatments includes 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 anxiety that homeowners might get every time the room becomes too steamy. More window treatments that are able to handle the majority of wear from moisture are aluminum blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a large variety of hues, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, all while being perfect for those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that possess pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich rooms. Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Charlotte is happy to offer one of the few completely 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 special compound that is completely impervious to the debilitating effects of moisture, no matter if they’re produced inside your home or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We can show you how well 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, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn 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 lend a hand by calling 980-292-3933 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get further inspiration for those rooms and more, check out our new Ultimate Room Guide to find the perfect window treatments for every room in your Charlotte house!