Window Coverings for Southern California Pet Owners02/08/2017Kimball Jones Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s an image Southern California pet owners are all too familiar with: leaving your house only to glance back and see your furry friend’s face peeking through the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, frequent trips to the window may mean trouble, as pets can cause some of the worst harm to your window treatments. So what can you do to 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. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across California. Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments homeowners with pets should avoid. Corded Window Treatments Just like with window safety for children, cords can be a big issue for pet owners. Both dogs and cats are known to play with dangling cords, which may 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 coverings that have a top-down bottom-up configuration or are automated. 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 they typically operate by cord, but they’re incredibly susceptible to damage from even the most gentle animals. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the thin slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole thing. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics might be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the style of window covering. Long fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the ground, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also tend to collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they could add. Lastly, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws. Top Recommendations for Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t mix well with pets, let’s go over some pet-friendly window coverings. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds resolve for pet owners. No matter if your pet likes to poke its face through the window, resilient wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than metal blinds. Moreover, their usual wide slats make it harder for pets to get tangled in them. However, be sure that if you buy wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment If injury to your pet or damage to your window treatment has you worried, plantation shutters may minimize those concerns. Because they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric able to cause issues. And, even if your pets are able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and extremely durable so damage is rarely an issue. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to peek out the window as you leave? Shutters can let it do so without any chance of damage. Does your kitten want a patch of sunlight to sleep in? Just adjust the louvers to let the sunbeams come through without losing any privacy. In effect, plantation shutters are the most ideal window covering for homes with pets. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Ready to get a new window treatment that’s a great fit for both you and your furry friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 today to learn about your window covering options. Your pet will be glad you did.