Bathroom with plantation shutters

How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Fort Lauderdale

September 29, 2016

Wherever you live, from Fort Lauderdale to the other side of the country, your house shares a need with just about every other one in the country: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the structure of your home, the outdoor climate, or the size of your family living with you, 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 take a look at effective each window treatment is at dealing with moisture and find out which products are best for the areas that experience the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Water

Experienced Fort Lauderdale homeowners know that there are some materials that don’t do well with moisture. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood hates water, as it can cause wood to bloat and deform, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with water can also turn the existing pockets of the wood into the perfect home for mildew. Due to these facts, solid wood window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with humidity. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric might not be as considerable or easy to see, prolonged and recurrent contact with moisture can damage the weave of several fabrics, and that can may result in discoloration and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Fort Lauderdale kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments at this level won’t be in danger of lasting damage when placed in moisture-heavy 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 privacy as well, without the worry that comes if it starts getting too steamy.

Alternative window treatments that can handle most of the wear from water are metal blinds. Though not offering quite the design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a huge variety of hues, with cut-out options and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for rooms that see moisture. Remember though that blinds that have pull cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-laden rooms.

Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Fort Lauderdale bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like nothing else. Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale is proud to offer one of the few totally 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 impervious to the debilitating effects of humidity, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from the weather outside.

Don’t believe it? We know the extent to which Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so sure of its resilience that we back every product with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still function like new, with no problems.

Make Your Windows Ready For Anything, Fort Lauderdale

If your home is in a coastal or humid part of the country, or if you want more effective window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale help by calling 561-440-8535 to set up your free in-home consultation. And for further inspiration for those rooms and more, take a look at our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to find the best window treatments for every room in your Fort Lauderdale house!
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