How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Boise09/29/2016Spencer Madsen Anywhere you call home, from Boise to the furthest coast, your space has a need in common with almost every other house in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the age of your home, the weather outside, or the number of people who are living in your house, you’ll likely have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. Like most homeowners know, not every window treatment is made equal as to how well they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at standing up to water and let you know which products are best for the rooms that encounter the most humidity. Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Deal With Moisture Seasoned Boise homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what water can do to lumber. Solid wood hates water, as it makes wood swell and warp, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture might also turn the natural pockets of the wood into breeding grounds for mildew. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should stay far away from spaces that get wet such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments don’t fare too well with moisture either. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric might not be as considerable or visible, prolonged and repeated exposure to water can impair the weave of many fabrics, and that can cause discoloration and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments in this category won’t be susceptible to permanent damage when chosen for moisture-heavy rooms. This category of window treatments comprises almost anything designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the stress that comes whenever the room becomes too humid. More window treatments that can stand up to the majority of wear from moisture are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the design appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a huge variety of hues, 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 cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich rooms. Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is happy to provide one of the very few totally waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are built from a particular compound that is completely impervious to the damaging effects of moisture, whether coming from inside your house or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We know the extent to which Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform superbly, with no problems. Get Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Boise If your home is in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions lend a hand by calling 208-609-9129 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive further suggestions for those rooms and others, check out our new Ultimate Room Guide to discover the best window treatments for every space in your Boise house!