How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Kingsport09/29/2016Jacob Hayes Wherever your home is, from Kingsport to the furthest coast, your space has a common need with every other one in America: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the age of your home, the weather outside, or how many people are living in your home, you’ll typically have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Like most homeowners know, not every window treatment is made equal as to how effectively they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at standing up to water and help you find which ones work best in the spaces that encounter the most humidity. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Deal With Water Seasoned Kingsport homeowners are aware that some materials just won’t mix with water. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with moisture, as causes wood to swell and warp, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Constant exposure to water might also turn the natural cavities of the lumber into breeding grounds for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should stay far away from moisture-heavy areas such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments don’t work great with humidity either. Although the damage to fabric may not be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, long term and recurring exposure to moisture can damage the weave of many fabrics, which can lead to discoloring and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not quite waterproof, window treatments in this classification aren’t susceptible to long term damage when chosen for damp rooms. This group of window treatments comprises almost every product designated “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that comes every time it gets too steamy. Other window treatments that can resist most of the wear from water are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the design appeal and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are versatile. They can be found in a huge variety of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being perfect for rooms that see moisture. But blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich spaces. Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level you’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that completely ignores water, moisture, humidity and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters Kingsport is pleased to provide one of the small number of completely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are built from a formulated compound that is completely resistant to the damaging effects of moisture, no matter if they’re coming from inside your house or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We can show you how well Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so sure of its resilience that every product is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function fantastically, without any problems. Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Kingsport If you live in a coastal or humid climate, or if you want better window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Kingsport help by calling 276-378-7422 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for further suggestions for those rooms and others, take a look at our new Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every space in your Kingsport home!