Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Cleveland09/29/2016Nate Gromen No matter where you live, from Cleveland to the furthest coast, your house shares a need with every other one in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the layout of your house, the outdoor conditions, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll likely have the same rooms with humidity: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. Like most homeowners know, not all window coverings are made equal when it comes to how capably they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at handling wetness and find out which products work best in the rooms that experience the most moisture. Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture Seasoned Cleveland homeowners are aware that there are a number of materials that won’t mix with moisture. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what water does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as causes wood to swell and deform, which may render wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture might also turn the natural cavities of the wood into breeding grounds for mildew. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should probably not be chosen for moisture-heavy areas like the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t work great with humidity either. Though the wear to fabric might not be as extensive or visible, long term and recurring exposure to water can damage the weave of several fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments here aren’t at risk of long term damage when chosen for humid rooms. This category of window treatments features just about anything labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that homeowners might get whenever the room gets too steamy. Other window treatments that tend to resist most of the wear from moisture are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer the same design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a wide range of shades, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for the kitchen or bathroom. But blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-heavy spaces. Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level you’ve waited for: the window treatment that completely ignores moisture, water, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Cleveland is happy to provide one of the few entirely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are built from a particular material that is completely resistant to the damaging effects of water, no matter if they’re coming from inside your house or from outdoors. Not convinced? We can show you the lengths at which Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that we guarantee 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 superbly, with no issues. Get Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Cleveland If you live in a humid or rainy area, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a chief concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Cleveland give an assist by calling 440-561-6787 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And for more inspiration for those rooms and beyond, read through our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to discover the most effective window treatments for every room in your Cleveland home!