Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Southern California09/29/2016Kimball Jones Wherever you call home, from Southern California to hundreds of miles away, your home shares a need with almost every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. Whatever the structure of your house, the outdoor weather, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll likely have the same moisture-heavy rooms: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen. As you may have figured, not all window coverings are created equal as to how effectively they handle humidity and moisture. To help out, we’ll break down successful each window treatment is at standing up to water and let you know which products work best in the areas that see the most moisture. Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture Experienced Southern California homeowners know that there are some materials that won’t mix with water. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as it can cause wood to swell and bow, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with water might also turn the inherent hollows of the lumber into the perfect home for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood furnishings and window treatments should probably not be chosen for moisture-heavy areas such as the bathroom. Fabric window treatments don’t work too well with water either. Despite the fact that the harm to fabric won’t be as considerable or obvious to the naked eye, long term and recurring contact with water can damage the weave of many fabrics, which can cause discoloring and fabric thinning. Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be at risk of permanent damage when placed in damp rooms. This category of window treatments features most anything labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding contemporary fashion to your bathroom and much-needed privacy, without the anxiety that may occur whenever the room starts getting too steamed up. Other window treatments that can handle the majority of wear from water are aluminum blinds. Though they don’t possess quite the level of style and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are versatile. They can be purchased in a large variety of hues, with cut-out options and privacy features, at the same time being a great fit for rooms that see moisture. Remember though that blinds that possess pull cords or fabric bands are not optimal for moisture-laden areas. Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments This is what you’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off humidity, dampness, liquid and more like nothing else. Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is pleased to provide one of the very few entirely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are made from a special composite that is completely invulnerable to the debilitating effects of water, no matter if they’re coming from inside your home or from the weather outside. Don’t believe it? We’ve seen how well Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we back every installation with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform superbly, without any issues. Make Sure Your Windows Are Prepared For Anything, Southern California If you live in a coastal or humid area, or if you need more effective window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be your number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Southern CA lend a hand by calling 888-611-2474 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And for further ideas for those rooms and others, take a look at our new Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the perfect window treatments for every space in your Southern California house!