The Best Window Coverings for Pet Owners in Miami02/08/2017David White Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) There’s a scenario pet owners in Miami probably know too well: leaving your home only to glance behind and see your four-legged friend’s face in the window as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, regular trips to the window may mean trouble, as dogs and cats can cause some of the worst accidental damage to your window treatments. So how can you avoid pet damage? The easiest way is to pick a pet-friendly window covering that can stand up to even the rowdiest pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners across Florida. Window Treatments That Aren’t Pet-Friendly We’ll start by taking a look at which window treatments pet owners should avoid. Corded Window Treatments As is the case with window safety for children, cords are a big issue for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with hanging cords, which might result in damage to your window treatment or in some cases, injury to your pet. Opt instead for window treatments without cords, whether they’re shutters that attach to the window frame or other window treatments that feature a top-down bottom-up configuration or are motorized. Metal Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Metal blinds are probably the absolute worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do the blinds usually 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, and even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole thing. Fabric Window Coverings Fabrics may be something to avoid, depending on your pet and the type of window covering. Lengthy fabrics like curtains can “pool” on the floor, which makes them easy for dirty paws to walk all over. Fabric window treatments also have a tendency to collect pet hair which nullifies any style value they can add. Lastly, 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 get along with pets, we’ll dive into the more pet-friendly window coverings. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Many of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds fix for pet owners. Even if your dog or cat wants to look through the window, durable wood blinds can handle more abuse than metal blinds. In addition, their typical wide slats make it harder for pets to get their bodies tangled in between them. But, make sure that if you opt for wood or faux-wood blinds that you opt for ones that are cordless. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment 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 onto the window, there aren’t any hanging cords or fabric that may cause issues. And, even if your dog or cat is able to reach them, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and extremely durable so damage is almost never a concern. Plantation shutters keep your pets happy too. Own a pooch that wants to peek out the window as you head out? Shutters can make it easy without risking damage. Does your cat like to have a patch of sunlight to sleep in? Simply tilt the louvers to let the light come through without compromising privacy. Put simply, plantation shutters are the most ideal window covering 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 dog or cat? Call Sunburst Shutters Miami at 305-520-7515 now to see about your window treatment options. Your pet will be grateful.