Why You Need A Waterproof Window Treatment in Austin09/29/2016Tyler Jorgensen No matter where your home is, from Austin to hundreds of miles away, your space shares a need with almost every other home in the country: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the structure of your house, the outdoor weather, or the number of people who are living with you, you’ll likely have the same rooms with moisture: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms. As you may have figured, not all window treatments are created equal when it comes to how effectively they handle water and humidity. To help out, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at dealing with moisture and let you know which ones work best in the spaces that encounter the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Water Smart Austin homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that can’t handle moisture. Simply ask the owner of a hardwood floor what moisture can do to lumber. Solid wood hates moisture, as causes wood to swell and deform, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent water can also turn the existing cavities of the wood into a haven for mildew. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should stay far away from rooms that may get damp like the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t do great with moisture either. Despite the fact that the wear to fabric may not be as extensive or obvious to the naked eye, extended and repeated contact with humidity can compromise the weave of several fabrics, and that can lead to discoloring and fabric weakening. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments here aren’t in danger of permanent damage when used in moisture-laden rooms. This level of window treatments features just about anything designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the headache that may occur whenever the room becomes too steamy. Alternative window treatments that tend to stand up to the majority of wear from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though not offering the same level of style and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a wide range of shades, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being well-suited to the kitchen or bathroom. However, blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-heavy spaces. Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that you’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Austin is proud to offer one of the few 100% waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are made from a particular composite that is completely invulnerable to the weakening effects of humidity, no matter if they’re produced inside your home or from outdoors. Not convinced? We’ve seen the extent to which Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that every product is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still perform like new, with no issues. Make Your Windows Ready For Anything, Austin If your home is in a coastal or humid area, or if you need new window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be your top concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Austin give an assist by calling 512-549-6077 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get more ideas for those rooms and more, read through our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to find the most effective window treatments for every space in your Austin home!