Bathroom with plantation shutters

How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Kingsport

September 29, 2016

No matter where you call home, from Kingsport to the other side of the country, your house has a need in common 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 with humidity: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen.

Like most homeowners know, not each window treatment is made equal as to how effectively they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at standing up to moisture and tell you which ones work best in the spaces that see the most water.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Deal With Water

Seasoned Kingsport homeowners are aware that a number of materials just won’t mix with water. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what moisture does to lumber. Solid wood hates moisture, as causes wood to swell and deform, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Constant exposure to water may also turn the natural cavities of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should not be used in moisture-heavy areas such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments don’t do 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 several fabrics, which can cause discoloring and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Kingsport kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification aren’t susceptible to long term damage when chosen for damp rooms. This level of window treatments includes almost every product designated “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the worry that comes every time it gets too humid.

Other window treatments that can resist most of the damage from water are metal blinds. Though not offering 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, all while being perfect for the kitchen or bathroom. But blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Kingsport bathroom.
 
This is what homeowners have 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 very few 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a special compound that is completely invulnerable to the damaging effects of moisture, whether produced inside your house or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We can show you how well Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so confident in its durability that every product is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down 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 more effective window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Kingsport lend a hand by calling 276-685-5343 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get further suggestions for those rooms and others, take a look at our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to discover the best window treatments for every space in your Kingsport home!
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