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One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of window replacements is what type of window treatments homeowners will eventually purchase for their new vinyl windows. With a myriad of options and combinations available, it can be difficult to choose which would work best. Many homeowners opt to keep the same treatments that they currently have for their windows and while this can work a majority of the time, it is important to speak with the contractors, as sometimes the new windows may be a different size from the older ones.

With locations across Canada, Ecoline Windows is well-versed in window and door replacements and renovations, and understands homeowner’s needs. Window treatments are just as big a part of the window itself, helping provide shade, privacy, and an opportunity to accessorize each room and window individually.

When should new treatments be ordered?

Ecoline Windows suggests ordering new treatments after installation of the new windows has been completed, as measurements will be most accurate at this time. While this may leave a period of time having to use old treatments or without treatments at all, it takes out the risk of having the new treatments cut just a bit smaller than the actual window, especially if they were custom-made. If they are a bit large, they can always be cut down, but this will also take time, so it is best to have them made afterwards. It’s also best to see the windows installed to get a better appreciation of what type of window treatment would look best on the new vinyl windows.

Shades

There are a few different types of shades, each with their own style and purpose. Shades are carried very commonly in home improvement stores, as well as specialty window treatment stores and have the added advantage of being available in standard and custom-made sizes. They can be easily installed without the need for a contractor, are economical, and most are relatively maintenance free.

Roller shades are the most common, can be attached just above the window, and can be used through either a string system or simply by pulling down on them and then a quick pull and release to have them go up again. They are simple and provide good sun protection, ideal for bedrooms, offices, and other rooms with smaller windows. Cellular shades are similar, but are made up of two or more layers of fabric, which can help provide additional protection from the sun, as well as work as insulation, says Ecoline Windows. They are also low maintenance, many times being made with material that repels dust and dirt. Roman shades are another option that has overlapping folds, giving a classy, elegant look.

Blinds

The two most common types of blinds for vinyl windows are horizontal and vertical blinds, both having their own particular use. Mini-blinds are also used, but not as much in recent years as they are not as energy-efficient. Horizontal, or “Venetian” blinds are most commonly used on tall, narrow windows and provide the most amount of privacy. Ecoline Windows explains that this is due to the fact that they do not move very often and it is fairly common to see them used in conjunction with curtains, which provides the highest barrier against light. They come in a variety of different colours and finishes and are made of various different materials such as wood, vinyl, and aluminum. They are easily used through rope and pulley systems and can either be opened all the way or can be set to horizontal to let in some amount of light.

Vertical blinds are used commonly on wide windows or more commonly on sliding glass or patio doors. They allow for lots of light to get in when open and can be easily compacted to one end to allow for 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, reduce energy efficiency greatly.

Shutters

Shutters have become fairly popular in the past decade for their contemporary look and ease of access. They are installed directly to the outer casing of the window in a vertical frame and horizontal slats (similar to that of horizontal blinds) can be moved up and down allowing for airflow and sunlight. The disadvantage of shutters is they are space consuming and not the best option in tight or small rooms. In warmer climates, shutters can be installed on the outside of the window and can provide protection from the elements.

Curtains

Both curtains and drapes are popular options for helping to accessorize and add some style to the room they are being placed in. They are both hung fabrics, usually from a rod that can be installed just above the window or even as high as the ceiling, helping to provide some shade and privacy.

Curtains are generally more lightweight and are best used in combination with blinds to add some colour to a room. Drapes are a bit heavier and provide more protection than curtains. They are also hung above the window on a rod and can be held open with a cord or a metal tieback attached to the side of the windows. When open, drapes do tend to take up space due to the bulk of fabric and are better suited for more open rooms.

Final Thoughts from Ecoline Windows

When your home is undergoing renovations, it can be difficult to know what decisions to make as you go along. This also relates to vinyl windows and understanding which window treatment option is best. Ecoline Windows suggests consulting a professional if you are unsure which option would be best for your home.