Tips For Choosing A Waterproof Window Treatment in Philadelphia

Holly Perron

Wherever your home is, from Philadelphia to hundreds of miles away, your home has a common need with just about every other home in the country: waterproof window treatments. No matter the layout of your home, the weather outside, or the size of your family living in your house, you’ll typically have the same rooms with humidity: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

As you may have figured, not all window treatments are made equal in regards to how well they handle moisture and water. To simplify it, we’ll take a look at successful each window treatment is at dealing with wetness and find out which products work best in the spaces that experience the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Can’t Handle Moisture

Experienced Philadelphia homeowners are aware that some materials just don’t do well with moisture. Simply ask the owner of a hardwood floor what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as causes wood to swell and bow, which usually makes wood window treatments unusable. Consistent water can also turn the existing pockets of the lumber into breeding grounds for mildew. Due to these facts, solid wood furnishings and window treatments should probably not be chosen for spaces that get wet such as the kitchen.

Fabric window treatments don’t do too well with humidity either. Even though the wear to fabric won’t be as intense or obvious to the naked eye, extended and recurrent exposure to water can compromise the weave of many fabrics, and that can lead to discoloration and fabric deterioration.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Philadelphia kitchen faux wood blinds.
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments here aren’t in danger of permanent damage when chosen for humid rooms. This category of window treatments comprises almost every product designated “faux wood,” such as faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the beauty of a solid wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy to boot, without the headache that may occur whenever it becomes too steamy.

Alternative window treatments that are able to handle the majority of wear from moisture are aluminum blinds. Though they don’t possess quite the design appeal and coverage as some other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They’re available in a wide range of hues, with available cut out possibilities and additional features for privacy, at the same time being a great fit for rooms that see moisture. Remember though that blinds that possess pull cords or fabric bands may not be optimal for moisture-laden spaces.

Level 3: 100% Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Philadelphia bathroom.
Finally, the category that we’ve waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like no other window treatment. Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia is proud to offer one of the few entirely waterproof window treatments available in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the laundry room or kitchen, Polywood shutters are built from a special material that is completely immune to the debilitating effects of humidity, no matter if they’re originating inside your home or from outdoors.

Don’t believe it? We know the lengths at which Polywood can weather the elements, and we’re so satisfied with its durability that every product is guaranteed with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, you could hose Polywood shutters off in your lawn and they’d still function like new, without any issues.

Make Your Windows Ready For Anything, Philadelphia

If your home is in a humid or rainy area, or if you need new window treatments for the areas of your home with moisture, a waterproof window treatment ought to be your number one priority. Let Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia lend a hand by calling 215-874-4897 to set up your free in-homewindow treatment consultation. And for additional suggestions for those rooms and others, read through our exclusive Ultimate Room Guide to find the most effective window treatments for every room in your Philadelphia house!