Bathroom with plantation shutters

How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Boise

September 29, 2016

Anywhere you call home, from Boise to the furthest coast, your house has a need in common with almost every other home in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the age of your home, the weather outside, or the number of people who are living in your home, you’ll likely have the same rooms with humidity: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

Like most homeowners know, not each window treatment is made equal as to how capably they handle water and humidity. To make it easier to understand, we’ll take a look at proficient each window treatment is at handling moisture and let you know which products are best for the rooms that see the most water.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Deal With Moisture

Experienced Boise homeowners are aware that a few materials just don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what water can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as it makes wood bloat and warp, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture might also turn the existing hollows of the wood into breeding grounds for mildew. For these reasons, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments don’t fare too well with humidity either. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric may not be as considerable or visible, extended and repeated exposure to humidity can impair the weave of several fabrics, and that can lead to color fading and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Boise kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Albeit not quite 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 much-needed privacy, without the stress that may occur whenever the room becomes too steamy.

Alternative window treatments that can handle almost all damage from moisture are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the level of style and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a huge variety of hues, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, all while being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that possess cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich rooms.

Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Boise bathroom.
 
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 pleased to provide one of the small number of 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 unaffected to the weakening effects of humidity, 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 every product is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform perfectly, with no problems.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Prepared For Anything, Boise

If your home is in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your chief concern. Let Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions help by calling 208-609-9129 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to receive further ideas 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!
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