The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Tampa09/29/2016Eric Ramsey Wherever your home is, from Tampa to the furthest coast, your home has a need in common with every other house in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the structure of your home, the weather outside, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll usually have the same rooms with moisture: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms. Like most homeowners know, not each window treatment is created equal when it comes to how effectively they handle water and humidity. To help out, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at handling moisture 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 moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with moisture, as causes wood to bloat and warp, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture can also turn the existing pockets of the lumber into the perfect home for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet like the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t work great with humidity either. Despite the fact that the harm to fabric may not be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, prolonged and frequent contact with humidity can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments here won’t be at risk of lasting damage when chosen for moisture-heavy rooms. This level 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 worry that homeowners might get if the room gets too humid. Alternative window treatments that are able to stand up to almost all impairment from moisture are aluminum blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the interior fashion appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, 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 are not optimal for moisture-rich rooms. Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level homeowners have 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 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfectly suited to the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a particular material that is completely unaffected to the debilitating effects of humidity, whether originating inside your house or from the weather outside. Don’t believe it? We’ve seen how well Polywood can survive the elements, 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. Make Sure Your Windows Are Ready For Anything, Tampa If you live in a humid or rainy part of the country, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Tampa lend a hand by calling 813-580-7288 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to receive further suggestions for those rooms and others, take a look at our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the best window treatments for every room in your Tampa home!