Window Treatments for Tampa Pet Owners02/08/2017Eric Ramsey Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s a scenario pet owners in Tampa are all too familiar with: leaving your home only to look back and see your four-legged friend’s face in the window as you walk away. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, daily trips to the window could spell disaster, as pets can make for some of the worst harm to your window treatments. So how can you protect against pet damage? The simplest way is to pick 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 coverings for pet owners across FL. Window Coverings That Aren’t Pet-Friendly Let’s start by taking a look at what window treatments homeowners with pets should not choose. Window Coverings With Cords Similar to children’s window safety, cords can be one of the biggest issues for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with dangling cords, which can mean damage to your window covering or worse, injury to your pet. Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window treatments 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 pet owners. Not only do the blinds typically operate via cord, but they’re incredibly susceptible to damage from even the most gentle pets. Dogs or cats peeking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole window treatment. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics may be something to stay away from, depending on your pet and the type of window covering. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “puddle” on the ground, which makes them easy for dirty paws to stain. Fabric window coverings also tend to collect pet hair which eliminates any aesthetic value they can add. Finally, fabrics can tear, which means trouble for cat owners. The Most 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. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Almost all of the problems aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. Even if your dog or cat wants to poke its head through the window, sturdier wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than aluminum blinds. Also, their typically wider slats make it less likely for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in them. However, be sure that if you buy wood or faux-wood blinds that you go with ones without cords. Plantation Shutters - The Best Window Treatment for Pets If damage to your window treatment or injury to your pet has you concerned, plantation shutters may assuage those concerns. Since they’re mounted directly into the window frame, there aren’t any dangling cords or fabric that might cause trouble. And, even if your pet is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are scratch resistant and incredibly sturdy so damage is rarely a concern. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy too. Does your dog want to poke its head out the window as you head out? Shutters can let it do so without any chance of damage. Does the cat want a patch of sunlight to sleep in? Just adjust the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without losing any privacy. In short, plantation shutters are the best window covering for pet owners. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Want to find a new window treatment that’s the right fit for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Tampa at 813-580-7288 today to see all your window treatment options. Your pet will thank you for it.