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What You Need To Know About Window Coverings

Buying a brand new set of custom windows is a great feeling. Once you have them all installed, you may think they’re a little naked without some window coverings. Or perhaps you didn’t get new windows, but you’d like to freshen up the ones you have.

Window coverings not only help you control the amount of light that gets into a room, they can also control privacy and reduce heating and cooling costs. Depending on the type of windows you have, or the type of window coverings you want, there are a few things you’ll need to know.

michael-mroczek-366773-unsplashWindow Covering Mounting Options

There are a few different ways you can go about mounting your window coverings, but it will depend on the type of covering, the type of window you have, and how it was installed. Windows that are completely flush to the interior wall will have a different set of mounting requirements to a window that has an inset or windowsill that is six inches or more.

Generally speaking, there are two main types of mounting options: inside mounting and outside mounting.

With inside mounting, you’re going to be putting the window coverings inside the window frame and can mount them as deep or shallow as you like. Outside mounting means that you’re placing the window covering outside the frame, and essentially mounting it to the wall to hang or close over the window.

Inside mounting is really common for coverings like Venetian blinds that are custom sized, while outside mounting is more common for curtains that hang from a rod over top of the window.

Blinds, Curtains, Shades and Shutters

There are many types of window coverings, and the style will very much depend on your tastes. By far, the most common type of window covering is one that raises up and down to control the amount of light and privacy you get. However, there are different styles of each, and we’ll touch on that here.

What are Blinds?

Blinds are usually made of vinyl, wood, or some type of plastic, and have slats that let the sun through. Although you often can fully raise or lower the blinds, you’re also able to rotate the slats to control the exact amount of light and privacy you would like.

What are Shades?

A window shade is a solid piece of material, that may be semi-translucent or opaque. Quite often window shades are used for blocking light or using translucent ones to create privacy. Unlike blinds, they only operate up or down.

What are Curtains?

Like window shades, curtains – sometimes called drapes or drapery – can be made of almost any type of fabric and are hung from a rod. Curtains are then pulled to the side and open or closed as required. The best place for curtains is usually large windows, or doors – like patio doors or french doors. Curtains and drapes are also used more decoratively, where their function may be limited.

What are Shutters?

Shutters are the least common window treatment, but they can also be the most beautiful. A shutter can either be mounted on the inside or outside of a window and will often function like a set of french doors. They may or may not come with adjustable slats like a blind would. Decades ago shutters were used to protect windows, but with advancements in window durability, they’re mostly used as a design element now except in cases where tornadoes and hurricanes are common.

Which one is right for you? Well, that is quite a personal decision. If you’re looking for ideas or suggestions, Pinterest is a great place to get ideas. And if your window coverings turn out to be a whole lot nicer than the windows they’re covering, contact us and we can help with that too. 🙂