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How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Detroit

September 29, 2016

Wherever you call home, from Detroit to the other side of the country, your house has a common need with every other house in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the structure of your home, the outdoor weather, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll usually have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.

As you may have figured, not all window coverings are made equal when it comes to how capably they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll dive into proficient each window treatment is at standing up to water and find out which ones work best in the areas that see the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Deal With Moisture

Seasoned Detroit homeowners know that there are some materials that don’t do well with moisture. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as causes wood to bloat and deform, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Consistent water can also turn the natural hollows of the wood into the perfect home for mildew. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t fare great with water either. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric may not be as intense or visible, long term and frequent contact with water can impair the weave of many fabrics, and that can cause discoloration and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Detroit kitchen faux wood blinds.
Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this category aren’t susceptible to lasting damage when placed in damp rooms. This level of window treatments features most every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the worry that may occur whenever the room gets too steamed up.

Alternative window treatments that tend to resist almost all damage from moisture are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess quite the level of style and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a huge variety of hues, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for rooms that see moisture. However, blinds that feature cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Detroit bathroom.
This is what you’ve waited for: the window treatment that completely ignores water, moisture, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Detroit is proud to provide one of the few 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are built from a special material that is completely immune to the damaging effects of water, no matter if they’re originating inside your house or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We know how well Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so confident in its longevity that we back every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still perform perfectly, without any issues.

Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Detroit

If you live in a humid or rainy climate, or if you want new window treatments for the bathroom, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a top concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Detroit give an assist by calling 248-429-9294 to set up your free in-home consultation. And to get additional suggestions for those rooms and others, take a look at our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to discover the best window treatments for every space in your Detroit home!