Bathroom with plantation shutters

Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Denver

September 29, 2016

Wherever you live, from Denver to hundreds of miles away, your space has a common need with just about every other home in America: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the layout of your home, the outdoor weather, or the number of people who are living with you, you’ll typically have the same rooms with moisture: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

Like most homeowners know, not every window treatment is created equal when it comes to how well they handle water and humidity. To help out, we’ll take a look at effective each window treatment is at dealing with moisture and let you know which ones work best in the rooms that see the most moisture.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture

Smart Denver homeowners are aware that a few materials just can’t handle water. Just ask the owner of a hardwood floor what water does to lumber. Solid wood dislikes water, as it makes wood expand and deform, which can make wood window treatments inoperable. Extended contact with moisture might also turn the existing hollows of the wood into a haven for bacteria. For these reasons, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should stay far away from spaces that get wet such as the bathroom.

Fabric window treatments don’t work great with humidity either. Even though the wear to fabric won’t be as extensive or easy to see, prolonged and recurring exposure to water can impair the weave of several fabrics, which can cause color fading and fabric weakening.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Denver kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Albeit not strictly waterproof, window treatments here aren’t in danger of lasting damage when used in moisture-laden rooms. This group of window treatments features most anything labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds offer the look of a solid wood window treatment, adding style to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the worry that may occur every time it becomes too steamy.

Alternative window treatments that are able to resist most of the damage from moisture are metal blinds. Although they don’t offer the same interior fashion appeal and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re offered in a huge variety of colors, with cut-out options and additional features for privacy, at the same time being well-suited to rooms that see moisture. However, blinds that have cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-laden rooms.

Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Denver bathroom.
 
This is what we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off water, moisture, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Denver is proud to provide one of the only totally waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are constructed from a formulated compound that is completely impervious to the debilitating effects of water, no matter if they’re coming from inside your home or from the weather outside.

Not convinced? We’ve seen the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its longevity that every installation is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still perform fantastically, with no problems.

Make Your Windows Prepared For Anything, Denver

If you live in a rainy or coastal part of the country, or if you need more effective window treatments for the bathroom or kitchen, a waterproof window treatment ought to be a chief concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Denver give an assist by calling 720-538-0182 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And for further ideas for those rooms and more, peruse our new Ultimate Room Guide to find the best window treatments for every room in your Denver home!
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