Why You Need A Waterproof Window Treatment in Atlanta09/29/2016Dan Taylor No matter where you live, from Atlanta to the other side of the country, your space has a need in common with just about every other house in the country: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the style of your house, the outdoor conditions, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll typically have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Like most homeowners know, not all window coverings are made equal as to how well they handle water and humidity. To help out, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at handling water and find out which products are best for the rooms that see the most humidity. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Stand Up To Water Experienced Atlanta homeowners know that there are some materials that don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what water does to lumber. Solid wood does not get along with water, as causes wood to bloat and warp, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture might also turn the inherent cavities of the wood into a haven for mildew. For these reasons, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should stay far away from spaces that get wet such as the bathroom. Fabric window treatments are also not great with water. Though the harm to fabric won’t be as intense or obvious to the naked eye, extended and frequent exposure to water can compromise the weave of many fabrics, and that can may result in color fading and fabric weakening. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of permanent damage when chosen for humid rooms. This level of window treatments comprises almost every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the stress that may occur whenever the room starts getting too steamed up. Other window treatments that tend to handle almost all damage from moisture are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer the same interior fashion appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a large variety of shades, with cut-out options and privacy features, all while being well-suited to the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that feature cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-heavy areas. Level 3: 100% 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 Atlanta is happy to offer one of the very few completely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are built from a particular composite that is completely invulnerable to the debilitating effects of dampness, no matter if they’re originating inside your house or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We can show you the extent to which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so satisfied with 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 perform fantastically, with no issues. Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Atlanta If your home is in a humid or rainy part of the country, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Atlanta lend a hand by calling 404-962-8517 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for further suggestions for those rooms and more, check out our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to learn about the perfect window treatments for every space in your Atlanta home!