Bathroom with plantation shutters

Why You Need A Waterproof Window Treatment in Miami

September 29, 2016

Wherever you call home, from Miami to the other side of the country, your home has a need in common with every other home 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 home, you’ll usually have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.

As you may have figured, not all window coverings are made equal as to how well they handle water and humidity. To help out, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at standing up to water and find out which products are best for the areas that see the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Stand Up To Water

Experienced Miami homeowners are aware that there are some materials that don’t do well with moisture. Go ahead and ask the owner of a hardwood floor what moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it can cause wood to bloat and bow, which usually makes wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture might also turn the existing cavities of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should stay far away from spaces that get wet such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments are also not great with humidity. Although the harm to fabric won’t be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, long term and frequent contact with moisture can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can lead to color fading and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Miami kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments here aren’t in danger of permanent damage when used in moisture-laden rooms. This level of window treatments comprises most every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer 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 damage from water are metal blinds. Though not offering the same level of style and coverage that different window treatments do, 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-laden rooms.

Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Miami bathroom.
 
This is what we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Miami is pleased to offer one of the very few 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated compound that is completely immune to the damaging effects of water, whether produced 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 product 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 part of the country, or if you need new window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Miami lend a hand by calling 305-520-7515 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive more suggestions for those rooms and more, read through our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every room in your Miami home!
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