Pet-friendly Window Treatments in Dallas02/08/2017Collins Jones Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s an image Dallas pet owners probably know too well: leaving your house only to glance behind and see your furry friend’s face peeking through the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window treatments, frequent trips to the window may spell disaster, as pets can cause some of the worst accidental damage to your window treatments. So how do you protect against pet damage? The simplest way is to install 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 across Texas. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments homeowners with pets shouldn’t have in the home. Corded Window Treatments As is the case with window safety for children, cords can be a problem for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with dangling cords, which might result in damage to your window covering or worse, injury to your pet. Opt instead for window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a bottom-up top-down 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 they typically operate by cord, but they’re extremely vulnerable to damage from even the smallest of pets. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the thin slats, resulting in you having to replace the entire window treatment. Fabric Window Treatments Depending on your pet and the style of window covering, fabrics might or might not be something to stay away from. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stain. Fabric window coverings also frequently collect pet hair which eliminates any aesthetic value they might add. Finally, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws. Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, let’s dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds All of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds solve for pet owners. No matter if your dog or cat likes to peek through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than metal blinds. Moreover, their usual wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get tangled in between them. However, be sure that if you buy wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones without cords. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment has you worried, plantation shutters may minimize those worries. Since they’re mounted directly onto the window, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that can cause issues. What’s more, even if your pets are able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and sturdy so damage is hardly an issue. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to poke its head out the window as you head out? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does your cat want a patch of sunlight to nap in? Just adjust the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without compromising privacy. Put simply, plantation shutters are the best window covering for homeowners with pets. Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project Ready to find a new window covering that’s right for both you and your furry friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Dallas at 214-301-5066 now to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will be happy you did.