Pet-friendly Window Coverings in Charlotte02/08/2017Neil Blackwelder Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s a scenario pet owners in Charlotte know all too well: leaving your home only to glance back and see your furry friend’s face looking at you as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, frequent trips to the window may spell disaster, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst accidental harm to your window treatments. So how can you protect against pet damage? The easiest way is to install a pet-friendly window treatment that can stand up to even the most finicky pets. Let’s learn about some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners across NC. Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at which window treatments homeowners with pets should not choose. Window Coverings With Cords As is the case with children’s window safety, cords can be a big issue for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are known to play with dangling cords, which may result in damage to your window treatment or in some cases, injury to your pet. Opt instead for window treatments without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automatic. Metal Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Metal blinds might be the absolute worst window treatment for homes with pets. Not only do the blinds typically operate via cord, but they’re incredibly vulnerable to damage from even the most gentle animals. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the weak slats, so you’ll have to replace the entire set of blinds. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics may be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the type of window treatment. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the ground, making them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window treatments also tend to collect pet hair which eliminates any aesthetic value they can 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 treatments don’t mix well with pets, we’ll take a look at the most pet-friendly window treatments. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds solve for pet owners. Even if your dog or cat wants to poke its face through the window, sturdier wood blinds can handle more abuse than metal blinds. In addition, their typically wider slats make it harder for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in them. But, make sure that if you purchase wood or faux-wood blinds that you opt for ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters may minimize those concerns. Since they’re mounted directly onto the window, there are no dangling cords or fabric that may cause issues. What’s more, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely sturdy so damage is hardly a concern. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants 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 lounge in? Simply adjust the louvers and let the light come through without compromising privacy. In short, plantation shutters are the best window covering for pet owners. Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project Ready to find a new window treatment that’s a great fit for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte at 980-231-1116 today to learn all your window treatment options. Your pet will be happy you did.