The Right Window Treatments for Pet Owners in St. George02/08/2017Kasey Udy Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s a scenario pet owners in St. George are all too familiar with: leaving your house only to glance behind and see your furry friend’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain window coverings, regular trips to the window may spell disaster, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst and lasting harm to your window treatments. So what can you do to prevent pet damage? The easiest way is to install a pet-friendly window treatment that can handle even the most finicky pets. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners throughout UT. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly Let’s start by taking a look at which window treatments homeowners with pets should avoid. Window Coverings With Cords Just like with window safety for children, cords are a problem for pet owners. Pets–especially cats–are known to play with hanging cords, which might mean 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 treatments that have a bottom-up top-down configuration or are motorized. Metal Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for homeowners with pets. Not only do the blinds typically operate by cord, but they’re extremely vulnerable to damage from even the most gentle animals. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, and even snap the flimsy slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole thing. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics may be something to avoid, depending on your pet and the style of window covering. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the ground, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window treatments also tend to collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they can add. Finally, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. The Most Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that you’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, we’ll dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds All of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. No matter if your pet wants to poke its face through the window, resilient wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Plus, their typical wide slats make it less likely for pets to get tangled in between them. However, be sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with 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 might assuage those worries. Because they mount directly into the window frame, there aren’t any dangling cords or fabric able to cause trouble. What’s more, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and sturdy so damage is hardly an issue. Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Have a dog that likes to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can make it easy without any chance of damage. Does the kitten like to have a patch of sunlight to nap in? Simply tilt the louvers to let the light come through without losing any privacy. In effect, plantation shutters are the most ideal window covering for pet owners. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Ready to find a new window treatment that’s the right fit for both you and your furry friend? Call Sunburst Shutters St. George at 435-485-9332 today to see all your window covering options. Your pet will thank you for it.