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Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Sacramento

September 29, 2016

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 the number of people who 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 capably they handle humidity and moisture. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at proficient each window treatment is at handling water and find out which ones are best for the spaces that encounter the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture

Experienced Sacramento homeowners are aware that there are certain materials that won’t mix with moisture. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what moisture does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with moisture, as it can cause wood to bloat and warp, which can make wood window treatments unusable. Frequent moisture may also turn the natural 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 bathroom.

Fabric window treatments are also not great with water. Despite the fact that the wear to fabric won’t be as extensive or visible, extended and recurrent exposure to humidity can compromise the weave of most fabrics, which can may result in discoloring and fabric deterioration.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Sacramento kitchen faux wood blinds.
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments here aren’t susceptible to permanent damage when placed in moisture-heavy rooms. This group of window treatments comprises most anything designated “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that may occur if the room gets too steamy.

Alternative 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 as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are versatile. They’re available in a wide range of hues, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, all while being perfect for those possible problem rooms. Remember though that blinds that have cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-laden rooms.

Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Sacramento bathroom.
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 very few totally waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are built from a special composite that is completely unaffected to the damaging effects of water, no matter if they’re originating inside your house or from the weather outside.

Not convinced? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so sure of its longevity that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still function superbly, with no issues.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Sacramento

If you live in a coastal or humid area, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be your chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Sacramento lend a hand by calling 916-665-0078 to set up your free in-home consultation. And for additional ideas for those rooms and others, peruse our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to find the most effective window treatments for every room in your Sacramento house!