Why You Need A Waterproof Window Treatment in Miami09/29/2016David White Wherever you call home, from Miami to the other side of the country, your home has a need in common with every other house in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the age of your home, the conditions outside, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll usually have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. As you may have figured, not all window coverings are made equal as to how well they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll dive into successful each window treatment is at handling water and find out which products are best for the areas that see the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Stand Up To Water Seasoned Miami homeowners are aware that certain materials just can’t handle moisture. Go ahead and ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it can cause wood to swell and bow, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture may also turn the natural cavities of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments are also not great with moisture. Though the wear to fabric won’t be as intense or obvious to the naked eye, long term and frequent contact with moisture can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can cause color fading and fabric weakening. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments here aren’t 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 can give you the beauty of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that homeowners might get if the room gets too steamy. More window treatments that tend to resist the majority of wear from water are metal blinds. Though not offering the same level of style and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a huge variety of colors, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being a great fit for rooms that see moisture. Remember though that blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-heavy spaces. Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments This is what we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Miami is pleased to offer one of the small number of 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a special compound that is completely immune to the weakening effects of water, whether coming from inside your house or from outdoors. Not convinced? We know the extent to which Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we back every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still perform fantastically, with no problems. Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Miami If your home is in a humid or rainy area, or if you need new window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Miami help by calling 305-520-7515 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive additional ideas for those rooms and beyond, read through our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every room in your Miami home!