How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Phoenix09/29/2016Greg Arnett Anywhere your home is, from Phoenix to hundreds of miles away, your home has a need in common with every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. No matter the style of your home, the outdoor conditions, or how many people are living in your home, you’ll typically have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. As you may have figured, not all window treatments are made equal as to how capably they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll dive into successful each window treatment is at standing up to water and tell you which ones work best in the rooms that experience the most moisture. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Handle Water Smart Phoenix homeowners are aware that certain materials just can’t handle water. Simply ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water does to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as causes wood to expand and warp, which may render wood window treatments unusable. Frequent water can also turn the existing hollows of the wood into the perfect home for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should not be used in rooms that may get damp such as the bathroom. Fabric window treatments are also not great with water. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric may not be as extensive or visible, extended and recurrent contact with water can compromise the weave of many fabrics, and that can lead to discoloring and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments at this level aren’t in danger of permanent damage when chosen for humid rooms. This group of window treatments features just about anything labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the headache that comes every time the room gets too steamy. More window treatments that tend to stand up to almost all wear from moisture are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a wide range of hues, with cut-out options and privacy features, all while being perfect for those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that possess cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-rich spaces. Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that homeowners have waited for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like nothing else. Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is proud to provide one of the few entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are built from a formulated material that is completely resistant to the damaging effects of dampness, whether originating inside your house or from outdoors. Don’t believe it? We know the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity 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, without any problems. Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Phoenix If your home is in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you need better window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a number one priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Phoenix help by calling 480-485-7743 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And for additional inspiration for those rooms and others, take a look at our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every space in your Phoenix house!