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Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Cleveland

September 29, 2016

No matter where you live, from Cleveland to the furthest coast, your house shares a need with every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the layout of your house, the outdoor conditions, or the number of people who are living in your house, you’ll likely have the same rooms with humidity: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.

Like most homeowners know, not all window coverings are made equal when it comes to how capably they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll dive into successful 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 Stand Up To Moisture

Seasoned Cleveland homeowners are aware that there are certain 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 may also turn the existing cavities of the wood into the perfect home for mildew. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should probably not be chosen for rooms that may get damp like the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t do great with humidity either. Though the wear to fabric may not be as intense or easy to see, long term and recurring exposure to humidity can compromise the weave of many fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Cleveland kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments here aren’t in danger of permanent 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 aesthetic of a natural wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the worry that homeowners might get whenever the room gets too steamy.

Other window treatments that can resist most of the wear from moisture are metal blinds. Though not offering the same level of style and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a huge variety of shades, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for the kitchen or bathroom. But blinds that possess pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-heavy rooms.

Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Cleveland bathroom.
 
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 pleased 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 survive the elements, 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 perfectly, with no issues.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Prepared For Anything, Cleveland

If your home is 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 chief concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Cleveland give an assist by calling 440-561-6787 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to get more inspiration for those rooms and more, read through our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to discover the most effective window treatments for every room in your Cleveland home!
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