Bathroom with plantation shutters

Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Houston

September 29, 2016

No matter where you live, from Houston to the other side of the country, your home has a need in common with almost every other one in the country: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the layout of your home, the outdoor weather, or the number of people who are living in your home, you’ll typically have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the kitchen, the laundry room, and your bathrooms.

Like most homeowners know, not all window coverings are created equal when it comes to how capably they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll dive into proficient each window treatment is at handling moisture and let you know which products work best in the areas that encounter the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Water

Smart Houston homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that won’t mix with moisture. Go ahead and ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as causes wood to expand and deform, which usually makes wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent water might also turn the existing hollows of the wood into a haven for bacteria. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should probably not be chosen for spaces that get wet such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with water. Although the harm to fabric won’t be as intense or easy to see, prolonged and recurrent exposure to humidity can impair the weave of most fabrics, and that can may result in discoloring and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Houston kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this category aren’t susceptible to lasting damage when chosen for damp rooms. This level of window treatments comprises just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the beauty of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the stress that homeowners might get if the room becomes too humid.

More window treatments that tend to stand up to most of the wear from water are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same level of style and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are versatile. They can be purchased in a wide range of colors, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, while simultaneously being a great fit for the kitchen or bathroom. Remember though that blinds that feature pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: Totally Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Houston bathroom.
 
This is what you’ve been waiting for: the window treatment that completely ignores moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Houston is pleased to provide one of the small number of 100% waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. Perfectly suited to the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are constructed from a special composite that is completely impervious to the damaging effects of water, no matter if they’re produced inside your home or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We know the lengths at which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so sure of its longevity that every product is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform like new, without any problems.

Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Houston

If your home is in a humid or rainy climate, or if you need better window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your top concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Houston give an assist by calling 713-853-9629 to set up your free in-home design consultation. And to get additional ideas for those rooms and others, peruse our new Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the perfect window treatments for every space in your Houston house!
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