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Which Window Treatments are Best for High Humidity Rooms?

Some climates have high humidity, and if you live in an older home or you have yet to upgrade to double-paned glass to make your home more airtight and energy efficient, you might suffer some amount of moisture indoors.  Then there are rooms in the home that experience moisture by simple virtue of their purpose, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, for example.

Unfortunately, humid conditions can wreak havoc on your window treatments, causing mold on drapes, warping and rot of wooden shutters, rusting of metal blinds, and so on.  With so many potential issues to contend with, you might wonder if there are any window treatments that will work in rooms or geographic locations that suffer high humidity.

The answer is yes, of course there are appropriate window dressings – otherwise every home in Florida would have bare windows.  Which window treatments are best for the high humidity rooms in your home?  Here are a few great options to consider.

Faux Wood Shutters or Blinds

This is generally considered the best window treatment for humid areas for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, composite or faux wood materials are not as susceptible to the ravages of moisture as natural wood is.  They shouldn’t warp or suffer other damage due to constant exposure to humidity

In addition, these classic additions to your décor will go with a vast range of architectural styles and their durable nature will ensure they last for years to come, no matter which rooms you put them in.  They offer optimal lighting and privacy control, as well.  With versatile composite shutters or blinds, you’ll enjoy an aesthetically pleasing window treatment that stands the test of time, despite humid conditions.

Solar Shades

If heat and humidity are both issues because of the region you live in, solar shades are an excellent option.  They not only curb the ingress of the sun’s heat-producing rays by up to 99%, but they’re also woven from synthetic materials like vinyl-coated fiberglass that will not suffer any damage from humidity.

There are a variety of other advantages to be gained from solar shades, as well.  When they keep out the heat and help to regulate interior temperatures, you should see reduced energy bills for cooling your home as a result.  They also offer different levels of translucency, allowing you to take in the view, even when shades are drawn.

Lightweight Fabrics

You don’t want to put heavy drapes anywhere there is high humidity as they will hold the moisture, leading to mold, mildew, and rot.  Lighter materials may be fine, though.  Just consider the light and airy café curtains often used in kitchen décor.

For bathrooms that have excessive moisture from showers and baths, even lighter fabrics may not be wise.  Although they dry faster than heavier textiles, it still might not be fast enough to avoid common problems like mold or mildew.

If you’re struggling to find the right window treatments for humid rooms in your home, contact the experts at The Blinds Side today at 410-402-5158 or [email protected] to learn more and schedule your free consultation.