How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Fort Lauderdale09/29/2016Danielle Micich Wherever you live, from Fort Lauderdale to the other side of the country, your space shares a need with just about every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the style of your home, the outdoor weather, or the size of your family living with you, 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 when it comes to how capably they handle water and humidity. 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 spaces 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 swell and deform, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Constant exposure to water can also turn the existing hollows of the wood into breeding grounds for mildew. For these reasons, 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 moisture. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric may not be as considerable or easy to see, prolonged and recurrent contact with moisture can compromise the weave of many fabrics, and that can may result in color fading and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be at risk of lasting damage when placed in moisture-heavy rooms. This group of window treatments comprises just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the anxiety that may occur if it starts getting too steamy. More window treatments that can stand up to most of the wear from water are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the level of style 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, all while 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: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale is proud to offer one of the few totally waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated material that is completely unaffected 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 how well Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so sure of its resilience that every installation is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn 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 new Ultimate Room Guide to find the perfect window treatments for every room in your Fort Lauderdale house!