One of the most overlooked aspects of window replacement is what type of window treatments homeowners will ultimately buy for their new vinyl windows. With a variety of options and combinations, it can be difficult to choose the most appropriate one. Many homeowners choose to keep the same treatments that they currently have on their windows, and while this can work most of the time, it is important to speak to contractors as the new windows are sometimes different in size from the older ones .
With locations across Canada, Ecoline Windows is very familiar with the replacement of windows and doors and renovations, and understands the needs of the homeowner. Window treatments are an equally large part of the window itself and offer shade, privacy and the possibility of furnishing each room and window individually.
When should new treatments be ordered?
Ecoline Windows suggests ordering new treatments after the installation of the new windows is complete, as the measurements are most accurate at this point. While this may take some time before old treatments or no treatments at all, there is a risk that the new treatments will be cut only slightly smaller than the actual window, especially if they are made to measure. If they are a bit large, they can always be shortened, but this will also take some time, so it is best to have them made afterwards. It is also best to see the installed windows to better assess what kind of window treatment would look best with the new vinyl windows.
There are different types of colors, each with its own style and purpose. Umbrellas are very often offered in hardware stores and in specialty shops for window treatments and have the additional advantage that they are available in standard and special sizes. They can be easily installed without a contractor, are economical and most are relatively maintenance-free.
Roller shutters are the most common, can be placed directly over the window and can be used either via a string system or simply by pulling down and then quickly pulling and releasing them to get them up again. They are simple and offer good sun protection, ideal for bedrooms, offices and other rooms with smaller windows. Cell shades are similar, but they consist of two or more layers of fabric that provide additional protection from the sun and can serve as insulation, says Ecoline Windows. They are also low-maintenance and are often made from dust and dirt-repellent material. Roman tones are another option with overlapping pleats that give a classy, elegant look.
The two most common types of vinyl window blinds are horizontal and vertical blinds, both of which have their own special use. Mini blinds are also used, but not as often as in the past few years as not as energy efficient. Horizontal or “blinds” are most commonly used on tall, narrow windows and offer the highest level of privacy. Ecoline Windows explains that this is due to the fact that they do not move very often and that they are often used in conjunction with curtains that represent the highest light barrier. They are available in different colors and designs and consist of different materials such as wood, vinyl and aluminum. They are easy to use with rope and pulley systems and can either be fully opened or adjusted horizontally to let in some light.
Vertical blinds are commonly used on wide windows or more often on sliding glass doors or patio doors. They let in a lot of light when they are open and can easily be compressed to one end to give access to the door. Mini blinds are a popular option as they require little maintenance as they sit between two pieces of glass, but as mentioned earlier, they significantly reduce energy efficiency.
Shutters have become quite popular in the past ten years because of their contemporary look and easy accessibility. They are mounted in a vertical frame directly on the window’s outer cladding, and horizontal slats (similar to horizontal blinds) can be moved up and down to allow airflow and sunlight. The disadvantage of roller shutters is that they are bulky and are not the best option in tight or small spaces. In warmer climates, shutters can be installed on the outside of the window and offer protection from the elements.
Both curtains and drapes are popular options for adding accessories and style to the space in which they are placed. Both are hanging fabrics, usually from a pole that can be installed directly over the window or even as high as the ceiling. help provide some shade and privacy.
Curtains are generally lighter and are best used in combination with blinds to add color to a room. Curtains are a bit heavier and offer more protection than curtains. They are also hung on a pole above the window and can be kept open with a string or metal holder on the side of the window. When open, curtains often take up space due to the amount of fabric and are more suitable for more open spaces.
Final thoughts from Ecoline Windows
When your home is being renovated, it can be difficult to know what decisions to make. This also applies to vinyl windows and understanding which window treatment option is best. Ecoline Windows recommends consulting a professional if you are unsure which option is best for your home.