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The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Orlando

September 29, 2016

Anywhere you live, from Orlando to the other side of the country, your home has a need in common with every other one in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the age of your home, the outdoor conditions, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll typically have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen.

Obviously, not all window coverings are created equal as to how effectively they handle humidity and moisture. To make it simpler to understand, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at standing up to moisture and tell you which products work best in the rooms that see the most water.

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

Seasoned Orlando homeowners are aware that there are a number of 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 moisture, as causes wood to swell and deform, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with water may also turn the natural cavities of the lumber into breeding grounds for bacteria. Due to these facts, 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 damage the weave of most fabrics, and that can lead to color fading and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Orlando kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Albeit not quite waterproof, window treatments at this level won’t be at risk of long term damage when used in moisture-heavy rooms. This group of window treatments comprises just about every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the headache that homeowners might get every time it gets too steamed up.

More 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 that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a huge variety 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 feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-heavy rooms.

Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Orlando bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like nothing else. Sunburst Shutters Orlando is proud to provide one of the only entirely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfect for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated compound that is completely unaffected to the damaging effects of water, whether originating inside your home or from the weather outside.

Don’t believe it? We can show you the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so sure of 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.

Get Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Orlando

If you live in a coastal or humid part of the country, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your number one priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Orlando lend a hand by calling 407-630-7011 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to get further ideas for those rooms and more, read through our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to learn about the most effective window treatments for every room in your Orlando home!
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