Best Window Treatments For Kids And Pets01/17/2019Kevin McCormack It’s finally Saturday in Jacksonville, and you’re savoring a lazy morning sleeping in. Then, out of the blue, a loud noise from the kids’ room snaps you back into reality. Sprinting through the house, you find the damage -- broken blind slats on the floor. The children have vanished, but with kids and pets, broken window treatments are not a surprise. Is there a sturdier window treatment for children and animals that can better hold up to an active lifestyle? Faux wood plantation shutters can help. The Argument Against Blinds And Draperies Blinds are flimsy because of how they are made. The majority of blinds use a series of thin slats that are suspended on each side by a strip of cord. Blinds are supposed to be light and pliable but can easily become damaged when kids roughhouse. A sharp hit can tear a slat from the cord or snap it in two. Your pet may appear sweet nosing through your blinds surveying the neighborhood, but you will have to buy a new blind when a squirrel scampers by. And any cords hanging down can become a strangulation hazard for infants. Drapes and curtains may not hold up much better with children or pets. Because they are attached loosely from one rod above the window opening, they can be pulled down fairly easily. Ones that touch the floor are the perfect height for young kids or energetic animals to pull down. Cleaning also becomes a problem, as handprints and muddy pawprints might only disappear when brought to the dry cleaners, if that. Plantation Shutters Can Withstand Kids And Pets Those who opt for something sturdier for their kids and pets should look at plantation shutters, especially when they are use quality faux-wood, like Polywood®. Shutters bring natural light in, like other window treatments, but use study materials instead of employing unstable cords and slats. With solid louvers and a centered tilt rod, they can hold up to roughhousing kids and unpredictable pets. Faux wood is also wonderful for children and animals because it’s simpler to clean and won’t warp, splinter or crack. The strong composite material can stand up to almost everything thrown at them, no matter what your kids can concoct. Polywood also has the nice feature of being cord-free, making it a lot safer for your family. Let a Sunburst Representative Help You Family-Proof Your Windows You could just leave the blinds up and keep fussing with the draperies. Or, you can let a Sunburst representative demonstrate how plantation shutters can be the perfect window covering for your kids and pets. To schedule a personal in-home consultation, call 904-289-1663 today.