The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Chicago09/29/2016Richard Rampton Anywhere you live, from Chicago to the furthest coast, your house shares a need with just about every other one in America: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the style of your home, the outdoor weather, or how many people are living with you, you’ll likely have the same rooms with humidity: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms. Like most homeowners know, not every window treatment is made equal in regards to how effectively they handle humidity and moisture. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at proficient each window treatment is at standing up to wetness and let you know which ones work best in the rooms that experience the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Stand Up To Water Smart Chicago homeowners know that a few materials just won’t mix with water. Go ahead and ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water does to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it can cause wood to bloat and bow, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with moisture can also turn the existing hollows of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in rooms that may get damp such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments don’t fare great with moisture either. Despite the fact that the wear to fabric may not be as considerable or visible, prolonged and frequent exposure to moisture can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can cause discoloring and fabric weakening. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be at risk of lasting damage when used in moisture-heavy rooms. This group of window treatments includes just about anything labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the aesthetic of a natural wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the worry that comes whenever it gets too steamy. More window treatments that can stand up to the majority of wear from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though not offering quite the interior fashion appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a wide range of shades, with cut-out options and privacy features, all while being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that have cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-heavy rooms. Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level you’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Chicago is happy to provide one of the very few entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfect for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a special material that is completely immune to the damaging effects of moisture, no matter if they’re originating inside your house or from outdoors. Not convinced? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so sure of its longevity that we guarantee every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform perfectly, without any issues. Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Chicago If you live in a humid or rainy area, or if you want new window treatments for the areas of your home with moisture, a waterproof window treatment should be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Chicago help by calling 847-250-6544 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for additional inspiration for those rooms and beyond, peruse our new Ultimate Room Guide to learn about the best window treatments for every space in your Chicago home!