Wherever you call home, from San Diego to the other side of the country, your house shares a need with every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the style of your home, the conditions outside, or the number of people who are living in your home, you’ll typically have the same rooms with humidity: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.
As you may have figured, not every window treatment is created equal when it comes to how capably they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at dealing with water and find out which products work best in the rooms that experience the most water.
Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Handle Moisture
Experienced San Diego homeowners know that there are a few materials that won’t mix with moisture. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as causes wood to bloat and bow, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture can also turn the natural pockets of the lumber into the perfect home for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should probably not be chosen for spaces that get wet like the kitchen.
Fabric window treatments don’t work great with moisture either. Even though the wear to fabric won’t be as intense or visible, prolonged and recurrent contact with water can damage the weave of many fabrics, and that can cause discoloring and fabric weakening.
Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments
Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be susceptible to lasting damage when used in damp rooms. This category of window treatments includes most anything designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds
. Faux wood blinds offer the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the headache that comes whenever it gets too humid.
Alternative window treatments that tend to stand up to the majority of impairment from water are aluminum blinds. Although they don’t offer quite the level of style and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a large variety of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being well-suited to rooms that see moisture. But blinds that possess cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-heavy rooms.
Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments
Here’s the level homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like no other product. Sunburst Shutters San Diego is proud to offer one of the very few totally waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters
. A great addition to the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are built from a formulated material that is completely immune to the debilitating effects of moisture, no matter if they’re produced inside your house or from outdoors.
Not convinced? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that we back every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform perfectly, with no issues.
Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, San Diego
If your home is in a humid or rainy climate, or if you need more effective window treatments for the areas of your home with moisture, a waterproof window treatment should be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters San Diego lend a hand by calling 760-405-8887
to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to receive more inspiration for those rooms and beyond, take a look at our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide
to discover the most effective window treatments for every room in your San Diego home!