Bathroom with plantation shutters

How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Phoenix

September 29, 2016

Anywhere your home is, from Phoenix to hundreds of miles away, your home has a need in common with every other house in America: waterproof window treatments. No matter the style of your house, the outdoor conditions, or how many people are living in your house, you’ll typically have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

As you may have figured, not all window treatments are made equal when it comes to how well they handle humidity and moisture. To simplify it, we’ll dive into successful each window treatment is at handling moisture and tell you which ones work best in the rooms that experience the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Won’t Stand Up To Water

Smart Phoenix homeowners are aware that certain materials just don’t do well with water. Go ahead and ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water can do to lumber. Solid wood dislikes moisture, as it can cause wood to expand and deform, which may render wood window treatments unusable. Frequent water can also turn the natural pockets of the wood into the perfect home for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood window treatments should stay far away from rooms that may get damp such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments are also not great with water. Despite the fact that the damage to fabric might not be as intense or visible, extended and recurrent contact with water can damage the weave of many fabrics, and that can cause discoloring and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Phoenix kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments at this level aren’t at risk of long term damage when chosen for humid rooms. This level of window treatments features most anything labeled as “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the aesthetic of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the headache that comes whenever the room gets too humid.

More window treatments that can handle almost all wear from moisture are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a wide range of shades, with cut-out options and privacy features, all while being well-suited to those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that feature cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-rich spaces.

Level 3: Completely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Phoenix bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that you’ve waited for: the window treatment that laughs off moisture, water, humidity and more like nothing else. Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is proud to provide one of the few entirely waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the kitchen or bathroom, Polywood shutters are built from a special material that is completely invulnerable to the damaging effects of dampness, whether originating inside your house or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We know the extent to which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that every installation is backed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, Polywood shutters could be hosed down and they’d still perform superbly, without any problems.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Ready For Anything, Phoenix

If your home is in a rainy or coastal climate, or if you need better window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Phoenix help by calling 480-485-7743 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And for additional inspiration for those rooms and others, take a look at our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to discover the perfect window treatments for every space in your Phoenix house!
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