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The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Cincinnati

September 29, 2016

Anywhere your home is, from Cincinnati to the other side of the country, your house has a common need with every other house in America: waterproof window treatments. No matter the structure of your home, the conditions outside, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll still have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

As you may have figured, not all window treatments are made equal when it comes to how well they handle moisture and water. To help out, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at dealing with water and help you find which products are best for the spaces that experience the most water.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Deal With Moisture

Smart Cincinnati homeowners know that there are certain materials that don’t do well with water. Go ahead and ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood hates moisture, as it can cause wood to expand and warp, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture may also turn the inherent hollows of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should not be used in rooms that may get damp such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t work too well with moisture either. Despite the fact that the harm to fabric might not be as extensive or visible, prolonged and recurring contact with water can impair the weave of several fabrics, which can cause discoloring and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Cincinnati kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of permanent damage when used in damp rooms. This level of window treatments features almost anything designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the headache that homeowners might get if it starts getting too steamy.

More window treatments that tend to stand up to most of the wear from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though not offering the same design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a wide range of hues, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that have pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Cincinnati bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that completely ignores water, moisture, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati is pleased to offer one of the small number of entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfect for the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are constructed from a particular compound that is completely immune to the damaging effects of moisture, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from the weather outside.

Not convinced? We know the extent to which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform fantastically, without any problems.

Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Cincinnati

If your home is in a coastal or humid climate, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati give an assist by calling 513-216-9740 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive additional ideas for those rooms and others, take a look at our new Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every room in your Cincinnati home!
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