The Right Window Treatments for Pet Owners in Cleveland02/08/2017Nate Gromen Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s an image Cleveland pet owners are all too familiar with: leaving your house only to look back and see your pet’s face in the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window treatments, regular trips to the window could mean trouble, as dogs and cats can cause some of the worst and lasting harm to your window treatments. So how do you avoid pet damage? The easiest way is to pick a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the rowdiest pets. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout OH. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at which window treatments pet owners should not choose. Corded Window Treatments Similar to window safety for children, cords can be a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with dangling cords, which can result in damage to your window treatment or worse, injury to your pet. Look into window treatments without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window treatments that have a top-down bottom-up configuration or are motorized. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds are possibly the worst window treatment for homeowners with pets. Not only do the blinds typically operate by cord, but they’re very vulnerable to damage from even the most gentle pets. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can bend, warp, or even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole set of blinds. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics may be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the style of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “pool” on the ground, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stain. Fabric window treatments also frequently collect pet hair which eliminates any fashion value they can add. Finally, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll take a look at the most pet-friendly window treatments. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. Even if your pet wants to peek through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. In addition, their wide slats make it less likely for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in between them. But, make sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones without cords. Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters can help assuage those concerns. Since they mount directly into the window frame, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that can cause issues. 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 rarely an issue. Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Have a dog that likes to poke its head out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without much risk of damage. Does your kitten want a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Just tilt the louvers to let the light come through without giving up your privacy. In effect, plantation shutters are the perfect window covering for pet owners. Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project Ready to find a new window covering that’s a good fit for both you and your furry friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Cleveland at 440-561-6787 now to learn all your window covering options. Your pet will be happy you did.