Pet-friendly Window Coverings in Minneapolis02/08/2017George Christ Photo courtesy patchattack via Flickr (Creative Commons) It’s an image Minneapolis pet owners know all too well: leaving your home only to look behind and see your dog or cat’s face looking at you as you leave. For pet owners with certain types of window coverings, frequent trips to the window could spell disaster, as pets can make for some of the worst and lasting damage to your window treatments. So how can you protect against pet damage? The simplest way is to install a pet-friendly window covering that can handle even the rowdiest pets. Let’s dive into some of the best (and worst) window treatments for pet owners throughout MN. Non Pet-Friendly Window Treatments We’ll start by taking a look at what window treatments homeowners with pets should avoid. Window Coverings With Cords Similar to children’s window safety, cords can be a big issue for pet owners. Dogs and cats alike are known to play with hanging cords, which might mean damage to your window covering or in some cases, injury to your pet. Instead, choose a window treatment without cords, such as shutters that attach to the window frame or other window coverings that feature a bottom-up top-down configuration or are automated. Aluminum Blinds Photo courtesy Carlos Castro via Flickr (Creative Commons). Aluminum blinds are possibly the worst window treatment for pet owners. Not only do they typically operate via cord, but they’re very vulnerable to damage from even the most gentle pets. Dogs or cats looking through aluminum blinds can warp, bend, or even snap the weak slats, which means you’ll need to replace the whole thing. Fabric Window Coverings Depending on your pet and the type of window treatment, fabrics may or may not be something to stay away from. Lengthy fabrics like draperies can “pool” on the ground, making them easy for dirty paws to stomp on. Fabric window treatments also have a tendency to collect pet hair which eliminates any aesthetic value they may add. Finally, fabrics can tear, making them perfect targets for cat claws. The Most Pet-Friendly Window Treatments Now that we’ve seen which window coverings don’t get along with pets, let’s go over some pet-friendly window treatments. Real Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds Almost all of the issues aluminum blinds have, wood and faux-wood blinds solve for pet owners. No matter if your pet wants to look through the window, resilient wood blinds can handle more abuse than their aluminum counterparts. Moreover, their usual wide slats make it more difficult for pets to get their arms or necks tangled in between them. However, make sure that if you go with wood or faux-wood blinds that you choose ones without cords. Plantation Shutters - A Pet Owner’s Best Window Treatment If you’re concerned about damage to your window treatments or injury to your pet caused by window treatments, plantation shutters can help assuage those worries. Because they mount directly into the window frame, there are no dangling cords or fabric that may cause issues. And, even if your dog or cat is able to climb up, Polywood® plantation shutters are resistant to scratches and sturdy so damage is rarely an issue. Plantation shutters keep your pets happy as well. Own a pooch that wants to poke its head out the window as you head out? Shutters can make it easy without much risk of damage. Does the cat want a patch of sunlight to lounge in? Simply adjust the louvers to let the sunbeams come through without compromising privacy. In effect, plantation shutters are the perfect window treatment for homeowners with pets. Make New Window Treatments Your Pet Project Want to find a new window covering that’s right for both you and your pet? Call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis at 952-856-8130 now to learn about your window treatment options. Your pet will thank you for it.