The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in St. George09/29/2016Kasey Udy No matter where your home is, from St. George to the furthest coast, your home has a common need with just about every other one in the country: waterproof window treatments. No matter the structure of your house, the outdoor weather, or the size of your family living with you, you’ll still have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. As you may have figured, not every window treatment is made equal when it comes to how capably they handle moisture and water. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at effective each window treatment is at standing up to moisture and tell you which ones are best for the rooms that experience the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Handle Moisture Seasoned St. George homeowners know that a few materials just can’t handle water. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water can do to lumber. Solid wood does not get along with moisture, as it makes wood swell and bow, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent moisture might also turn the existing cavities 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 kitchen. Fabric window treatments are also not great with humidity. Although the wear to fabric won’t be as considerable or visible, long term and recurring contact with humidity can damage the weave of several fabrics, which can cause discoloration and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not technically waterproof, window treatments here won’t be in danger of long term damage when chosen for damp rooms. This group of window treatments features just about every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the beauty 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 can resist most of the impairment from water are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same interior fashion appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a large variety of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being well-suited to the kitchen or bathroom. However, blinds that feature cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-rich areas. Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments This is what you’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters St. George is happy to offer one of the only 100% waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfectly suited to the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are built from a special material that is completely resistant to the debilitating effects of humidity, no matter if they’re originating inside your house or from outdoors. Not convinced? We’ve seen the extent to which Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so sure of its durability that we back every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still function superbly, without any problems. Get Your Windows Prepared For Anything, St. George If your home is in a rainy or coastal part of the country, or if you need new window treatments for the areas of your home with moisture, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your chief concern. Let Sunburst Shutters St. George help by calling 435-485-9332 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for more ideas for those rooms and others, read through our new Ultimate Room Guide to discover the best window treatments for every space in your St. George house!