How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Fort Myers09/29/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker Anywhere you live, from Fort Myers to the furthest coast, your house shares a need with just about every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the layout of your house, the weather outside, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll typically have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. As you may have figured, not each window treatment is created equal when it comes to how well they handle water and humidity. To make it simpler to understand, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at handling moisture and find out which products work best in the spaces that see the most humidity. Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Moisture Experienced Fort Myers homeowners are aware that some materials just won’t mix with moisture. Just ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as it makes wood expand and warp, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture can also turn the existing hollows of the wood into breeding grounds for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should probably not be chosen for rooms that may get damp like the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t work great with moisture either. Though the wear to fabric won’t be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, extended and recurring exposure to humidity can impair the weave of most fabrics, which can may result in color fading and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not technically waterproof, window treatments here won’t be in danger of permanent damage when used in moisture-laden rooms. This category of window treatments comprises almost every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the anxiety that may occur whenever it gets too steamy. Alternative window treatments that tend to resist most of the impairment from water are metal blinds. Though not offering the same interior fashion appeal and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a wide range of shades, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, at the same time being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that feature cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich spaces. Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments Here’s the level we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that completely ignores moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers is pleased to provide one of the very few 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a special material that is completely invulnerable to the weakening effects of dampness, whether produced inside your home or from the weather outside. Not convinced? We know the lengths at which Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so sure of its durability that we guarantee every product with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function perfectly, without any issues. Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Fort Myers If you live in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you want new window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be your top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers lend a hand by calling 239-208-6577 to set up your free in-home consultation. And to receive more ideas for those rooms and more, dive into our new Ultimate Room Guide to find the best window treatments for every space in your Fort Myers house!