Each Jacksonville home is unique, every one with its own style and its own needs. Similarly, all the windows in your Jacksonville home are different as well. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and influence the type of window treatment that suits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window might be the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are our team’s picks for window treatments to match the specialty window types found in Jacksonville homes.
Sidelights are the long, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Finding the right window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a few reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from the postman to guests to door-to-door salesmen–are going to see them up close, which means that a great window covering all the more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a common sight connected to decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Jacksonville homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they need a durable window treatment that will still let you regulate how much light you let come through the window.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the window and are extremely durable, shutters are a great window treatment for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows there are in Jacksonville homes. With their unique geometry, homeowners would be remiss to cover them up with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, go with a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so you can always get the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit snugly in an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and appeal. Likewise, window film adheres directly to the window pane, keeping the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4 feet. That covers full wall windows that stretch way beyond what standard window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Jacksonville homeowners might want to think about how effectively a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Finally, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of space that they have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their subdued look works well with wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a tad better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.
Rake or angled windows are popping up a lot more in modern home design. A problem with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that matches your unique window shape. Bear in mind as well that many angled windows are in spots that are harder to reach, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to operate often is usually best for angled windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can typically be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - perfect for windows in hard to reach spots.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you buy for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to stand up to the frequent action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Panel tracks and shutters both make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you an array of designs and textures to choose from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be built in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering.
Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The tall panes, convex layout, and ample view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus need some special consideration when shopping for a window treatment. Jacksonville homeowners should look at window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching geometry, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Lucky for us, there are a number of window treatments that can do it all.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows as each shade covers an individual pane, offering some flexibility in how much window area you need covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be hard to put window treatments on. In many cases, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. So Jacksonville homeowners with high ceiling windows might want to go with a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or operate remotely. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from coming in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut with the quick flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both options solve the biggest problem of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are often found above other, standard rectangular windows. Due to their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do in regards to finding the perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades hide the unique shape and any lengthy window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Because shutters are able to be custom-built to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re far and away the best option for this window type.
Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, typically via a lever or crank. With this unique opening mechanism, casements need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Jacksonville?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for a lever or crank–which lets you open and close your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, but you may have to work around the shade when you want to open and shut it.
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There is always more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Jacksonville. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 904-289-1663 now.