Bathroom with plantation shutters

The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Tampa

September 29, 2016

Wherever your home is, from Tampa to the other side of the country, your home has a common need with every other home in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the style of your home, the climate outside, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll usually have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

Like most homeowners know, not each window treatment is created equal when it comes to how effectively they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at proficient each window treatment is at handling water and let you know which ones work best in the spaces that see the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture

Experienced Tampa homeowners know that there are certain materials that don’t do well with water. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with moisture, as causes wood to bloat and deform, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture can also turn the natural hollows of the lumber into breeding grounds for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should stay far away from spaces that get wet like the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t work great with humidity either. Despite the fact that the wear to fabric may not be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, extended and frequent contact with water can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric deterioration.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Tampa kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments here won’t be at risk of lasting damage when chosen for moisture-heavy rooms. This group of window treatments comprises almost every product labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the beauty of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that homeowners might get if the room gets too humid.

More window treatments that are able to stand up to the majority of impairment from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though not offering quite the interior fashion appeal and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are versatile. They can be found in a huge variety of shades, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, all while being well-suited to rooms that see moisture. Remember though that blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Tampa bathroom.
 
This is what you’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off water, moisture, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Tampa is proud to offer one of the few completely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfectly suited to the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are constructed from a particular material that is completely impervious to the debilitating effects of moisture, whether originating inside your house or from the weather outside.

Don’t believe it? We’ve seen how well Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so satisfied with its resilience that we back every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still function perfectly, without any problems.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Tampa

If you live in a rainy or coastal area, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Tampa help by calling 813-580-7288 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive further suggestions for those rooms and others, dive into our new Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the perfect window treatments for every room in your Tampa home!
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