Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Orlando09/29/2016Todd Hansen Anywhere you live, from Orlando to the furthest coast, your home has a need in common with every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the age of your home, the outdoor conditions, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll still have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Obviously, not all window coverings are created equal when it comes to how effectively they handle water and humidity. To make it easier to understand, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at standing up to water and help you find which products work best in the rooms that encounter the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Stand Up To Water Experienced Orlando homeowners are aware that there are certain materials that don’t do well with water. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as causes wood to bloat and warp, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with water may also turn the natural cavities of the lumber into breeding grounds for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should stay far away from spaces that get wet like the kitchen. Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with water. Even though the damage to fabric may not be as extensive or visible, extended and recurrent exposure to moisture can compromise the weave of most fabrics, which can lead to discoloration and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of long term damage when placed in moisture-heavy rooms. This level of window treatments includes just about every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the headache that homeowners might get whenever it gets too steamed up. Alternative window treatments that are able to stand up to most of the wear from moisture are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess quite the design appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a huge variety of shades, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that possess pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-laden rooms. Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Orlando is proud to provide one of the only entirely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfect for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are made from a special composite that is completely impervious to the damaging effects of water, whether originating inside your home or from the weather outside. Don’t believe it? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so confident in its longevity that every installation is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still function like new, with no issues. Make Sure Your Windows Are Prepared For Anything, Orlando If you live in a coastal or humid area, or if you want more effective window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Orlando help by calling 407-630-7011 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to get further ideas for those rooms and beyond, check out our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the most effective window treatments for every room in your Orlando home!