How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Jacksonville09/29/2016Kevin McCormack No matter where you call home, from Jacksonville to the furthest coast, your home has a common need with almost every other home in the country: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the layout of your home, the outdoor weather, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll likely have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. As you may have figured, not every window treatment is made equal when it comes to how capably they handle moisture and water. To simplify it, we’ll break down successful each window treatment is at handling moisture and let you know which ones are best for the areas that encounter the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Deal With Moisture Seasoned Jacksonville homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that don’t do well with moisture. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it makes wood swell and deform, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent water can also turn the natural cavities of the wood into the perfect home for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should stay far away from rooms that may get damp such as the bathroom. Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with moisture. Even though the damage to fabric won’t be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, prolonged and repeated exposure to moisture can impair the weave of several fabrics, and that can cause color fading and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not technically waterproof, window treatments in this classification aren’t in danger of permanent damage when used in moisture-heavy rooms. This level of window treatments features just about every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the anxiety that may occur if it gets too steamy. Alternative window treatments that are able to resist almost all damage from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though not offering quite the design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a huge variety of hues, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being perfect for the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that possess cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich rooms. Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that homeowners have waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville is happy to offer one of the few completely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are made from a special material that is completely impervious to the weakening effects of humidity, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from the weather outside. Don’t believe it? We’ve seen the extent to which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its durability 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 perfectly, with no issues. Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Jacksonville If your home is in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville help by calling 904-289-1663 to set up your free in-home consultation. And to get more inspiration for those rooms and more, read through our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to find the most effective window treatments for every space in your Jacksonville house!