Sidelights are the long, thin windows typically found on either side of the front door in several homes. Getting the right window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your house, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from your postman to guests to traveling salespeople–will see them up close, which makes a sidelight window covering all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they offer your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
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French doors are a typical sight connected to back decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panes, so St. George residents have a serious opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, so they should have a durable window treatment that still lets you control the amount of light you let come through the window.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are super resilient, shutters are a great window treatment for French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
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Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows we see in St. George homes. With their unique shape, you would be remiss to mask them with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, go with a window treatment that you can custom-built to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagon window.
What we recommend for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass pane, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
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When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4 feet. That includes full wall windows that stretch way beyond what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, St. George homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their simple look works well with especially wide windows. A panel track is a type of shade with large fabric panels that move along a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little more privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.
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Angled or rake windows are popping up more and more in modern home design. A problem with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique shape. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to open and close often is typically best for rake windows.
What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, perfect angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows in hard to reach spots.
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Similar to french doors, the window treatment you pick for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to handle the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy pass through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Either one can make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of patterns and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be built in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment on the market.
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Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and broad view offered by bay windows are distinct from any other window, and thus need some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. St. George homeowners should look at window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, offer privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a couple of window treatments that fill all those roles.
What we recommend for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows because each shade covers a single pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but can still give you even more adaptability in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
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Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be hard to put window treatments on. In many cases, the tops of the windows are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that homeowners in St. George with taller windows might want to choose a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and shut remotely. It would be a bonus if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from pouring through.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can operate with the simple flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever move them from that spot. Both choices tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!
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Eyebrow windows are the curved windows often positioned above other, standard rectangular windows. Because of their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows face some issues that few other windows do when it comes to choosing the perfect window treatment.
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when put on eyebrow windows. Shades, blinds, and drapes mask the unique shape and a lengthy window treatment can cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window under it. Since shutters are able to be custom-made to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re easily the best option for this window type.
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Casement windows are unlike the majority of windows. Casement windows have a hinge on one side, and open and close by swinging in and out, typically by crank or lever. Because of this unique operating mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in St. George?
What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for a lever or crank–which will allow you to open and close your window without any hassle. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the shade when you want to open or close it.
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There’s more to think about than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in St. George. Take a peek at our top picks for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person recommendations by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 435-485-9332 now.