Selecting Window Coverings

March 2, 2013 | By

Many factors play a role in selecting the right covering for your window. The main reasons as to why you should install window coverings are light control and privacy. Other factors include durability, life expectancy, cleaning, formality, versatility, safety, and the price.

Light Control

The most difficult factor to control is light, with most window coverings falling into one of five categories:

  1. Transparent. Clear, without obstruction.
  2. Translucent. Diffused light, which prevents the perception of distinct images.
  3. Filtered. Muted light in bright conditions.
  4. Semi-Opaque. Surfaces imprenetrable by light, yet it also allows some light through the gaps.
  5. Opaque. This is where all light is blocked.

Privacy

Privacy can be best achieved with almost any type of window covering. The window treatment simply needs to be translucent or better to diffuse images. Frosted glass or glass block can even help to give adequate levels of privacy.

Durability

A window opening by nature is a harsh environment that is subject to direct sunlight, humidity, and even temperatures. Add these factors to frequent use and its simple to understand why windows need to be constructed well. The life expectancy is normally less for fabric window treatment that can fade with time. Solid coverings, such as shutters, have a long life span.

Cleaning

Each and every window covering will collect dust and dirt. Fabric coverings are the most difficult to clean, and are subject to stains. The furniture quality window coverings will normally wipe clean with a light solution.

Versatility

Some coverings will work well in formal settings, while others will work best in casual living settings. Alternate styles are versatile and blend in well with almost any style of room.

Safety

Small children in the home will usually come in contact with windows and their coverings. Some coverings will have cords to raise or lower for better visibility. Although they are handy to have, they can be dangerous if they come within reach of a child.

Price

While there is a discrepancy in the costs of window coverings, it?s very important to weigh the overall value involved. The term ?value? is often overused, although when purchasing long term household items it is necessary to consider the return on the investment.

Window coverings on the low end of the price spectrum will normally have a short life expectancy and low durability. The higher priced coverings, such as shutters, are designed to last the life of the home, all while retaining the original character.

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