The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Minneapolis09/29/2016George Christ Wherever you call home, from Minneapolis to hundreds of miles away, your home has a common need with every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the age of your home, the outdoor weather, or the number of people who are living with you, you’ll usually have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Like most homeowners know, not each window treatment is created equal as to how capably they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll break down successful each window treatment is at standing up to wetness and let you know which ones work best in the spaces that experience the most humidity. Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Deal With Moisture Experienced Minneapolis homeowners know that there are a number of materials that don’t do well with water. Go ahead and ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes water, as it can cause wood to swell and deform, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with water may also turn the inherent hollows of the wood into breeding grounds for mildew. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should probably not be chosen for moisture-heavy areas such as the kitchen. Fabric window treatments don’t work great with water either. Even though the damage to fabric won’t be as considerable or visible, extended and recurrent contact with humidity can damage the weave of several fabrics, and that can cause color fading and fabric deterioration. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Albeit not quite waterproof, window treatments at this level won’t be in danger of permanent damage when used in moisture-heavy rooms. This level of window treatments includes most every product labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the aesthetic of a natural wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the worry that comes every time it gets too steamy. Alternative window treatments that can stand up to most of the damage from water are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer the same design appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are versatile. They’re offered in a large variety of colors, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, at the same time being perfect for rooms that see moisture. But blinds that feature cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich areas. Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level homeowners have waited for: the window treatment that completely ignores moisture, water, humidity and more like nothing else. Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis is pleased to provide one of the few completely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfectly suited to the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a particular compound that is completely invulnerable to the damaging effects of humidity, no matter if they’re coming from inside your house or from the weather outside. Don’t believe it? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so confident in its longevity that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform like new, with no issues. Make Your Windows Ready For Anything, Minneapolis If you live in a humid or rainy area, or if you want better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis give an assist by calling 952-856-8130 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And to receive more suggestions for those rooms and beyond, check out our new Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the perfect window treatments for every room in your Minneapolis home!