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Why You Need A Waterproof Window Treatment in Indianapolis

September 29, 2016

No matter where you call home, from Indianapolis to hundreds of miles away, your space shares a need with just about every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. No matter the style of your house, the outdoor climate, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll typically have the same rooms with humidity: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

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 easier to understand, we’ll break down effective each window treatment is at dealing with moisture and tell you which ones work best in the areas that see the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Water

Seasoned Indianapolis homeowners are aware that a number of materials just can’t handle water. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what moisture does to lumber. Solid wood does not get along with moisture, as it makes wood bloat and warp, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Extended contact with moisture can also turn the inherent cavities of the wood into a haven for mildew. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with water. Although the damage to fabric won’t be as considerable or easy to see, long term and repeated contact with water can compromise the weave of most fabrics, and that can may result in color fading and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Indianapolis kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be susceptible to permanent damage when used in humid rooms. This level of window treatments includes most anything designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the beauty of a natural wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the anxiety that may occur every time the room gets too steamy.

Alternative window treatments that can resist the majority of impairment from water are aluminum blinds. Though not offering the same interior fashion appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a huge variety of hues, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, all while being well-suited to the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Indianapolis bathroom.
 
This is what homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis is proud to offer one of the small number of entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A fantastic window treatment for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are constructed from a formulated material that is completely unaffected to the weakening effects of dampness, no matter if they’re coming from inside your house or from outdoors.

Not convinced? We’ve seen how well Polywood can handle moisture, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we guarantee every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform fantastically, without any issues.

Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Indianapolis

If you live in a coastal or humid climate, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis give an assist by calling 317-558-9066 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get further suggestions for those rooms and more, dive into our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the most effective window treatments for every room in your Indianapolis house!
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