Window Coverings for Pet Owners in Phoenix02/08/2017Greg Arnett Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s a scenario Phoenix pet owners know all too well: leaving your house only to look back and see your pet’s face in the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain window coverings, regular trips to the window may mean trouble, as dogs and cats can make for some of the worst and lasting harm to your window treatments. So what can you do to avoid pet damage? The simplest way is to install a pet-friendly window covering that can handle even the most excitable pets. We’ve rounded up some of the best (and worst) window coverings for pet owners throughout AZ. Non Pet-Friendly Window Coverings Let’s start by taking a look at what window treatments pet owners should avoid. Corded Window Coverings Similar to children’s window safety, cords are a problem for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with hanging cords, which may mean damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet. Look into window treatments without cords, such as shutters that fit in the window frame or other window coverings that operate by a top-down bottom-up configuration or are automated. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds might be the worst window treatment for homeowners with pets. Not only do the blinds typically operate via cord, but they’re extremely susceptible to damage from even the most well-behaved animals. Dogs or cats poking their heads through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the flimsy slats, so you’ll have to replace the entire window treatment. Fabric Window Treatments Depending on your pet and the style of window covering, fabrics might or might not be something to avoid. Lengthy fabrics like drapes can “puddle” on the floor, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window coverings also usually end up collecting pet hair which nullifies any fashion value they may add. Finally, fabrics can tear, something cat owners know all too well. Our Recommended Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window treatments don’t get along with pets, let’s go over some pet-friendly window coverings. Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds All of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds solve for pet owners. Even if your pet wants to peek through the window, durable wood blinds can stand up to more abuse than aluminum blinds. In addition, their wide slats make it less likely for pets to get tangled in between them. However, make sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you get ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - The Most Pet Friendly Window Treatment If you’re worried at all about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters may minimize those worries. Because they’re mounted directly onto the window, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that might cause issues. And, even if your dog or cat is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely sturdy so damage is almost never a concern. Plantation shutters can help keep pets happy as well. Have a dog that likes to look out the window as you head out? Shutters can make it easy without much risk of damage. Does your cat like to have a patch of sunlight to lounge in? You can easily adjust the louvers and let the sunbeams come through without losing any privacy. Simply put, plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment for pet owners. Make New Window Coverings Your Pet Project Want to find a new window treatment that’s right for both you and your four-legged friend? Call Sunburst Shutters Phoenix at 480-485-7743 today to see all your window treatment options. Your pet will thank you for it.