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Choosing the Right Window Treatment

The windows of your home are more than just a structural addition. They are a necessity, functional and aesthetic. They connect directly toward our level of happiness—as science has proven how natural light can improve our mood and health. Most of us will spend years in our homes, including with our windows. That means choosing the right window treatments is essential to ensure you enjoy looking at and using your windows for decades. 

However, the biggest question you may have as a homeowner is which window treatment is proper for you. Luckily, we have some expert tips and considerations to suggest to help you pick the perfect treatments! 

Step One: The Windows You Have

The first step in choosing a window treatment that is right for you is to take note of the windows you want to dress or maintain. What shape is your window? Does it have an arc? Is it a circle, rectangle, bay, double-hung, sliding, casement, or awning? How does the window open? Are they floor-to-ceiling? 

The most common types of windows most of us will have in our homes will be arched, circular, rectangular, or bay. 

  • Awning windows: Hinged at the top, they open from the bottom and outward.
  • Casement windows: These windows are attached to a frame and hinged on one side. They open like a door.
  • Double and single-hung windows: These are the most traditional style and are commonly installed in many homes. They slide vertically open from the bottom and upward.
  • Sliding windows: As the name implies, these windows slide from side to side and are generally used for porch or patio doors. 

Additionally, take measurements of your windows and note that they are in a safe place you can find later. When you find a window treatment you like, you won't have to worry about which size to order or accidentally order something too small or too big. Not sure how to measure your windows or window screens? Check out: Measuring Window Screen Basics. 

Step Two: What Do You Want the Treatment to Do? 

What would you like your window treatments to do for you and your home? What's the function you are seeking? While aesthetics are part of it, you should first focus on what needs you want to be met—do you want fade prevention, privacy, durability, blackout, retractable, adjustable, or pet, and toddler-resistant screens? Write or make a note of everything you want your treatments to do. 

  • South-facing windows – If your windows face south, chances are your home will be flooded with light during good weather. While sunlight is good for you, there is such a thing as too much light. Trying to watch TV or use a PC in a bright room with the sun in your eyes or reflecting off the screen doesn't sound that pleasant. There's also your carpets and furniture, as too much time in unfiltered sunlight can cause fading and damage. In the case of south-facing windows, you may want UV ray blocking in the form of solar screens, blinds, or solar shades. Either option will help stop the damaging rays of sunlight from fading furniture, carpet, and walls—while screens, blinds, or shades will let in natural light or create a barrier between the heat and protect from the glare of unfiltered sunlight. 
  • Exterior Aesthetic – Are your window screens and frames already faded from sun damage? Are there tiny holes starting in the screens or tears? Is there rust? Are bugs creeping in? An easy way to spruce up the look of your home while addressing issues with insects is by considering a fresh new window screen. 
  • Interior Aesthetic: Perhaps your home came with blinds, and you want to spruce up a bedroom or living room. A brand new interior roller shade of Sheerweave may be all you need.
  • Energy Saving – Are there noticeable drafts coming from your window during the winter, or do you find they letting in the hot air in summer? Check your window's seal and weather stripping; they may need replacement. 

Once you've narrowed down what you want your window treatments to do, function, UV blocking, interior or exterior aesthetic, or energy-saving maintenance, you're now well-informed to make the best decision for you and your home. 

Do you still have questions about window treatments? We at Quality Window Screens are always happy to help you! If you have any questions or concerns about what window treatments are right for you, don't hesitate to contact us today.