The Right Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Jacksonville02/08/2017Kevin McCormack Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s an image Jacksonville pet owners know all too well: leaving your home only to look behind and see your pet’s face in the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, regular trips to the window may spell disaster, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst and lasting damage to your window treatments. So what can you do to protect against pet damage? The easiest way is to pick a pet-friendly window covering that can stand up to even the most excitable pets. Let’s learn about some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners in FL. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners should avoid. Corded Window Treatments Similar to children’s window safety, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are known to play with hanging cords, which can result in damage to your window covering or worse, injury to your pet. Look into window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a top-down bottom-up configuration or are motorized. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds might be the absolute worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do the blinds usually operate by cord, but they’re extremely susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, or even snap the weak slats, so you’ll have to replace the entire thing. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the style of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the floor, making them easy for dirty paws to stain. Fabric window treatments also usually end up collecting pet hair which nullifies any fashion value they can add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. Top Recommendations for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that you’ve seen which window coverings don’t mix well with pets, let’s go over some pet-friendly window treatments. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. No matter if your dog or cat wants to poke its face through the window, sturdier wood blinds can handle more abuse than aluminum blinds. In addition, their wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get their bodies tangled in them. However, make sure that if you buy wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones without cords. Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters may minimize those worries. Since they mount directly into the window frame, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that might cause trouble. And, even if your dog or cat is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely sturdy so damage is almost never a concern. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does the kitten want a patch of sunlight to nap in? Just adjust the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without losing any privacy. In short, plantation shutters are the most ideal window treatment for homes with pets. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Want to find a new window covering that’s a great fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville at 904-289-1663 now to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will be glad you did.