The Importance Of A Waterproof Window Treatment in Sacramento09/29/2016Curtis Orton Anywhere you live, from Sacramento to hundreds of miles away, your home shares a need with just about every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the age of your house, the conditions outside, or how many people are living with you, you’ll usually have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. As you may have figured, not all window treatments are created equal in regards to how well they handle water and humidity. To simplify it, we’ll break down proficient each window treatment is at standing up to water and find out which products are best for the areas that encounter the most water. Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture Seasoned Sacramento homeowners are aware that there are certain materials that won’t mix with moisture. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as causes wood to swell and deform, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture may also turn the existing cavities of the lumber into a haven for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in spaces that get wet like the kitchen. Fabric window treatments are also not great with water. Despite the fact that the harm to fabric won’t be as extensive or easy to see, extended and recurrent exposure to humidity can compromise the weave of most fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric weakening. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments here aren’t susceptible to permanent damage when placed in moisture-heavy rooms. This level of window treatments includes most anything designated “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the aesthetic of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the anxiety that comes if the room gets too humid. More window treatments that are able to resist almost all wear from moisture are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess quite the interior fashion appeal and coverage that different window treatments do, aluminum blinds are versatile. They’re available in a wide range of hues, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that have cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-heavy rooms. Level 3: Certified Waterproof Window Treatments Finally, the category that we’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off water, moisture, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Sacramento is proud to provide one of the small number of totally waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a formulated compound that is completely impervious to the weakening effects of water, no matter if they’re originating 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 product with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function perfectly, with no issues. Make Sure Your Windows Are Ready For Anything, Sacramento If you live in a coastal or humid part of the country, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Sacramento help by calling 916-250-0758 to set up your free in-home consultation. And to get additional ideas for those rooms and others, peruse our new Ultimate Room Guide to find the most effective window treatments for every room in your Sacramento house!