Bathroom with plantation shutters

How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Dallas

September 29, 2016

Anywhere you call home, from Dallas to hundreds of miles away, your house shares a need with every other one in the U.S.: waterproof window treatments. No matter the style of your house, the outdoor climate, or the size of your family living in your home, you’ll usually have the same rooms with humidity: the basement, bathrooms, and the kitchen.

Obviously, not each window treatment is created equal as to how well they handle moisture and water. To help out, we’ll take a look at proficient each window treatment is at handling moisture and find out which ones work best in the areas that encounter the most water.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Moisture

Seasoned Dallas homeowners know that there are some materials that don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask any hardwood floor owner what water can do to lumber. Solid wood does not get along with moisture, as it makes wood bloat and bow, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Consistent water can also turn the existing cavities of the wood into breeding grounds for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood furnishings and window treatments should not be used in moisture-heavy areas such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments are also not great with moisture. Despite the fact that the harm to fabric might not be as intense or visible, prolonged and repeated exposure to water can damage the weave of many fabrics, and that can lead to color fading and fabric thinning.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Dallas kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this category aren’t in danger of long term damage when chosen for damp rooms. This group of window treatments includes just about anything labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds can give you the look of a natural wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the headache that homeowners might get whenever it gets too steamed up.

More window treatments that tend to resist the majority of wear from water are metal blinds. Though they don’t possess the same design appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are versatile. They’re available in a wide range of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, all while being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that possess cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-rich areas.

Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Dallas bathroom.
 
This is what we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Dallas is happy to provide one of the only totally waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. A great addition to the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are made from a particular composite that is completely invulnerable to the weakening effects of water, whether originating inside your house or from the weather outside.

Don’t believe it? We can show you how well Polywood can handle wear, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform perfectly, with no issues.

Get Your Windows Ready For Anything, Dallas

If your home is in a coastal or humid climate, or if you want new window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment needs to be a chief priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Dallas lend a hand by calling 214-301-5066 to set up your free in-home consultation. And for further inspiration for those rooms and beyond, check out our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to get the lowdown on the most effective window treatments for every room in your Dallas house!
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