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How To Choose A Waterproof Window Treatment in Las Vegas

September 29, 2016

Anywhere you live, from Las Vegas to hundreds of miles away, your space shares a need with almost every other one in America: waterproof window treatments. Regardless of the structure of your house, the outdoor conditions, or the size of your family living with you, you’ll typically have the same rooms that benefit from waterproofing: the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

As you may have figured, not every window treatment is created equal as to how well they handle water and humidity. To make it easier to understand, we’ll dive into effective each window treatment is at handling wetness and find out which products are best for the rooms that see the most humidity.

Level 1: Window Treatments That Don’t Handle Water

Experienced Las Vegas homeowners are aware that a few materials just don’t do well with moisture. Go ahead and ask any hardwood floor owner what humidity does to lumber. Solid wood has a bad relationship with water, as it can cause wood to expand and bow, which may render wood window treatments inoperable. Constant exposure to water can also turn the existing cavities of the wood into breeding grounds for bacteria. These facts suggest solid wood 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 damage to fabric won’t be as intense or obvious to the naked eye, prolonged and repeated contact with water can compromise the weave of many fabrics, which can may result in color fading and fabric deterioration.

Level 2: Water-resistant Window Treatments

Las Vegas kitchen faux wood blinds.
 
Though not strictly waterproof, window treatments in this classification won’t be in danger of long term damage when chosen for damp rooms. This group of window treatments includes just about every product labeled as “faux wood,” like faux wood blinds. Faux wood blinds add the beauty of a natural wood window treatment, adding top-notch fashion to your bathroom and privacy as well, without the worry that may occur whenever it becomes too steamy.

Other window treatments that are able to handle the majority of impairment from moisture are metal blinds. Though not offering quite the level of style and coverage offered by other window treatments, aluminum blinds are adaptable. They can be found in a huge variety of shades, with available cut out possibilities and privacy features, all while being a great fit for those possible problem rooms. However, blinds that possess cords or fabric bands usually aren’t optimal for moisture-heavy spaces.

Level 3: Entirely Waterproof Window Treatments

Plantation shutters in Las Vegas bathroom.
 
Finally, the category that homeowners have waited for: the window treatment that can shrug off moisture, water, humidity and more like they were nothing. Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas is happy to provide one of the few totally waterproof window treatments on the market in our Polywood® plantation shutters. The best partner for the bathroom or laundry room, Polywood shutters are built from a particular composite that is completely unaffected to the damaging effects of moisture, whether coming from inside your home or from the weather outside.

Don’t believe it? We can show you the lengths at which Polywood can survive the elements, and we’re so confident in its longevity that we guarantee every shutter with our Lifetime Limited Warranty. In fact, if you wanted to, you could blast Polywood shutters with a hose and they’d still function like new, with no problems.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Ready For Anything, Las Vegas

If you live in a humid or rainy climate, or if you want more effective window treatments for the kitchen, a waterproof window treatment should be a number one concern. Let Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas give an assist by calling 702-850-6619 to set up your free in-home consultation. And to receive further suggestions for those rooms and more, read through our in-depth Ultimate Room Guide to find the perfect window treatments for every space in your Las Vegas home!
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