The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Denver09/29/2016Gary Harding No matter where you live, from Denver to hundreds of miles away, your house has a common need with just about every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the layout of your home, the outdoor weather, or the number of people who are living with you, you’ll still have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room. Like most homeowners know, not every window treatment is created equal as to how well they handle humidity and moisture. To simplify it, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at dealing with moisture and let you know which ones work best in the rooms that see the most moisture. Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture Smart Denver homeowners are aware that a few materials just don’t do well with water. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water does to lumber. Solid wood dislikes water, as it makes wood expand and deform, which usually makes wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture might also turn the existing hollows of the wood into a haven for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t do great with humidity either. Even though the wear to fabric won’t be as intense or visible, extended and repeated exposure to humidity can impair the weave of many fabrics, which can lead to discoloration and fabric weakening. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments here aren’t at risk of lasting damage when used in humid rooms. This level of window treatments features just about anything labeled as “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 anxiety that may occur whenever it becomes too steamy. More window treatments that are able to resist most of the wear 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 offered in a huge variety of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, at the same time being perfect for the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that have cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-laden rooms. Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off water, moisture, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Denver is proud to provide one of the only totally waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are built from a special compound that is completely impervious to the debilitating effects of water, no matter if they’re coming from inside your home or from the weather outside. Not convinced? We’ve seen the extent to which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that every installation is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform fantastically, with no problems. Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Denver If you live in a rainy or coastal area, or if you need more effective window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be a number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Denver give an assist by calling 720-538-0182 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get further suggestions for those rooms and more, peruse our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to find the perfect window treatments for every room in your Denver home!