The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Cincinnati09/29/2016Lisa Renee Nieberding Anywhere you call home, from Cincinnati to the other side of the country, your house has a common need with every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the structure of your home, the conditions outside, or the size of your family living in your home, 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 capably they handle moisture and water. To help out, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at dealing with water and tell you which products are best for the spaces that experience the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Deal With Moisture Smart Cincinnati homeowners know that there are a number of 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 causes wood to expand and warp, which usually makes wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture might also turn the inherent hollows of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should not be used in moisture-heavy areas such as the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t work too well with humidity either. Despite the fact that the wear to fabric may not be as intense or easy to see, prolonged and recurring exposure to humidity can impair the weave of several fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of permanent damage when placed in damp rooms. This group of window treatments features almost anything designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the headache that homeowners might get if it becomes 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 level of style and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a wide range of shades, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, all while being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that have pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich spaces. Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that you’ve waited for: the window treatment that completely ignores water, moisture, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati is happy to offer one of the small number of entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfectly suited to the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are built from a particular compound that is completely immune to the weakening effects of moisture, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from the weather outside. Not convinced? We know how well Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we guarantee every product 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 more effective 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 more 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!