The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Hartford09/29/2016Holly Perron No matter where you call home, from Hartford to hundreds of miles away, your space shares a need with every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. No matter the structure of your home, the weather outside, or the number of people who are living with you, you’ll usually have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. As you may have figured, not all window treatments are created equal when it comes to how effectively they handle humidity and moisture. To simplify it, we’ll dive into proficient each window treatment is at handling water and help you find which ones work best in the areas that encounter the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Deal With Water Seasoned Hartford homeowners are aware that there are certain materials that can’t handle water. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what water does to lumber. Solid wood dislikes water, as it can cause wood to bloat and deform, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Constant exposure to moisture can also turn the existing pockets of the wood into breeding grounds for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should stay far away from moisture-heavy areas like the kitchen. Fabric window treatments don’t do great with humidity either. Though the wear to fabric might not be as intense or obvious to the naked eye, long term and repeated exposure to water can damage the weave of many fabrics, and that can lead to color fading and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments here aren’t at risk of permanent damage when used in damp rooms. This level of window treatments comprises just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that comes whenever it gets too steamed up. More window treatments that tend to handle most of the damage 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 can be found in a wide range of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being perfect for the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that have pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich rooms. Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that can shrug off water, moisture, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Hartford is happy to offer one of the only 100% waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated material that is completely unaffected to the weakening effects of dampness, whether originating inside your home or from the weather outside. Don’t believe it? We can show you how well Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so sure of its resilience that we guarantee every product with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still function perfectly, without any issues. Make Sure Your Windows Are Prepared For Anything, Hartford If your home is in a humid or rainy part of the country, or if you need more effective window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be your chief concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Hartford give an assist by calling 860-266-5459 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive additional inspiration for those rooms and more, dive into our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to find the best window treatments for every room in your Hartford house!