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How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Southern California

September 29, 2016

Wherever your home is, from Southern California to the other side of the country, your home has a need in common with just about every other house in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the layout of your home, the outdoor climate, or the number of people who are living in your house, you’ll likely have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

As you may have figured, not each window treatment is made equal when it comes to how capably they handle moisture and water. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at effective each window treatment is at standing up to water and let you know which ones are best for the areas that see the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Deal With Moisture

Seasoned Southern California homeowners are aware that there are a few materials that can’t handle moisture. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it makes wood swell and warp, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Frequent water can also turn the natural cavities of the wood into the perfect home for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood window treatments should not be used in moisture-heavy areas such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments are also not on great terms with moisture. Even though the damage to fabric won’t be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, prolonged and recurring exposure to moisture can impair the weave of several fabrics, and that can lead to color fading and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Southern California kitchen faux wood blinds.
Though not quite waterproof, window treatments at this level aren’t at risk of long term damage when placed in moisture-heavy rooms. This group of window treatments features most every product designated “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the anxiety that comes if it gets too humid.

Alternative window treatments that are able to resist the majority of damage from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though not offering quite the design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be purchased in a huge variety of hues, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, while simultaneously being well-suited to rooms that see moisture. However, blinds that feature cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Southern California bathroom.
Finally, the category that homeowners have been waiting for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is pleased to offer one of the few 100% waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a formulated material that is completely unaffected to the weakening effects of moisture, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from the weather outside.

Don’t believe it? We can show you the extent to which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its resilience that we back every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform superbly, with no issues.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Southern California

If your home is in a humid or rainy climate, or if you need better window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your top priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Southern CA help by calling 888-611-2474 to set up your free in-home consultation. And for more inspiration for those rooms and beyond, check out our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to find the most effective window treatments for every space in your Southern California house!