The Right Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Colorado Springs02/08/2017Gary Harding Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s a scenario Colorado Springs pet owners are all too familiar with: leaving your house only to glance back and see your furry friend’s face in the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, frequent trips to the window might mean trouble, as pets can make for some of the worst harm to your window treatments. So what can you do to prevent pet damage? The easiest way is to choose a pet-friendly window covering that can handle even the most excitable pets. Here are some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners in Colorado. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners shouldn’t have in the home. Corded Window Coverings As is the case with window safety for children, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are known to play with dangling cords, which may result in damage to your window treatment or in some cases, injury to your pet. Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that feature a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automatic. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds are probably the worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do they typically operate via cord, but they’re incredibly susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, and even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole window treatment. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics may be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the style of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like curtains can “puddle” on the floor, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window treatments also frequently collect pet hair which nullifies any fashion value they might add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, which means trouble for cat owners. Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t mix well with pets, let’s dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Most of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. Even if your pet wants to peek through the window, resilient wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Moreover, their typically wider slats make it harder for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in between them. But, make sure that if you opt for wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones without cords. Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters might minimize those concerns. Because they mount directly onto the window, there are no dangling cords or fabric that might cause issues. And, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely durable so damage is rarely a concern. Plantation shutters keep your pets happy as well. Have a dog that likes to look out the window as you head out? Shutters can let it do so without any chance of damage. Does the kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Simply tilt the louvers and let the light come through without giving up your privacy. Simply put, plantation shutters are the best window treatment for homeowners with pets. Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project Ready to get a new window treatment that’s the right fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs at 303-625-6431 today to see about your window treatment options. Your pet will thank you for it.