Pet-friendly Window Treatments in Hartford02/08/2017Holly Perron Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s a scenario Hartford pet owners probably know too well: leaving your home only to look behind and see your dog or cat’s face looking at you as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, regular trips to the window may mean trouble, as pets can cause some of the worst harm to your window treatments. So how do you avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to pick a pet-friendly window covering that can handle even the rowdiest pets. Here are some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners in Connecticut. Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Let’s start by taking a look at which window treatments pet owners should avoid. Window Coverings With Cords As is the case with window safety for children, cords are a problem for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with hanging cords, which may mean damage to your window treatment or in some cases, injury to your pet. Look into window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that attach to the window frame or other window treatments that operate by a top-down bottom-up configuration or are automatic. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds are possibly the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do they usually operate via cord, but they’re incredibly vulnerable to damage from even the most well-behaved pets. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, and even snap the flimsy slats, so you’ll have to replace the entire set of blinds. Fabric Window Treatments Depending on your pet and the type of window covering, fabrics may or may not be something to stay away from. Long fabrics like draperies can “pool” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also frequently collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they could add. Finally, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. Our Picks for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, we’ll go over some pet-friendly window coverings. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your dog or cat wants to peek through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Plus, their typically wider slats make it less likely for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in them. But, make sure that if you choose wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters may reduce those concerns. Because they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there are no hanging cords or fabric that might cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pet is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly sturdy so damage is almost never an issue. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to look out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without risking damage. Does your cat want a patch of sunlight to sleep in? Simply adjust the louvers to let the light come through without giving up your privacy. In short, plantation shutters are the best window covering for homes with pets. Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project Want to find a new window treatment that’s a good fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Hartford at 860-266-5459 today to learn about your window covering options. Your pet will be happy you did.