Many homeowners believe that their residential windows need window treatments to either hide their aging frames or to help keep heat from getting in their homes. However, not knowing what type of window treatment you need for your home could result in spending more than necessary! These tips can help you avoid wasting your hard-earned cash on the wrong window treatments.
Tip #1: Know the Difference Between Curtains and Drapes
Many people are surprised when they are told that curtains and drapes are actually two different things. These terms are usually used interchangeably, but there’s a difference between the two.
Curtains are generally less formal and are often made of fabrics that are lighter in weight. They are usually cheaper, too. Drapes, on the other hand, are meant to block out light during daytime and add a layer of insulation during winter, so they are made of much heavier fabrics and are often lined.
Tip #2: Consider the Type and Opening Mechanism of Your Windows
You need to take into account how your windows open because not all window treatments can work for any type of window. For instance, if you have casement or awning windows, you should choose window treatments like a Roman shade that is wall-mounted, but valances and curtains may also be considered. Single and double hung windows will look best with curtains or Roman shades mounted inside the frame, while sliding windows look and work better with outside-mounted window treatments.
Tip #3: Skip the Window Treatments Altogether
Window treatments are not always necessary. If you are using them merely as a means of blocking heat from the sun during the day, you should consider low-emissivity window glass instead, if you are already in the market for new windows. Thanks to a microscopically thin metal oxide coating, a low-E window is able to block heat from the sun without impeding natural light.
Renewal by Andersen of Dallas/Fort Worth is your leading choice for top-quality custom windows made exactly to address whatever requirements and preferences you might have. Talk to one of our window experts today by calling (877) 605-2922 to get started! We serve Dallas, TX, and the surrounding communities.