When you are choosing a window covering in Los Altos, CA for each of the windows in your home, one of the most important things that you will look for is durability. It does not matter how stunning or eye-catching window coverings are if they are not made of durable materials and installed by professional window covering experts to ensure that they will last for a long time.
It might surprise you to know that one of the factors in the durability of window coverings is maintenance. Generally, the easier it is to maintain window coverings, the more durable they will be. For instance, if you have window coverings that can be cleaned only by machine washing, then they likely will not be as durable as window coverings that require nothing more than a simple wipe down to keep them clean.
You might not think about some of these top candidates for durable window coverings that take very little effort to maintain, but these are the most common places where durable window coverings will be needed.
If you have children and pets in your home, then you will need durable window coverings. If you own rental property or vacation rentals, then you need durable window coverings. If you have a workshop, you need durable window coverings.
Essentially, any place in your home, at your home, and that you own that sees high traffic and high levels of activity needs durable window coverings. Why?
Window covering is a good investment that is durable and needs to be replaced less often, so by having durable window coverings installed you save money. Additionally, durable window coverings save time because they do not have to be constantly and elaborately fussed over to keep them in excellent shape.
So, what are considered to be the least durable and most high-maintenance window coverings?
Heavy fabric curtains are very difficult to keep clean. In addition, because they are susceptible to mold, mildew, dust mites, and odors, you will need to clean them often, increasing the wear and tear on the fabric itself.
Sheer curtains are another low durability type of window covering. Because of the material used to make these curtains sheer, they can tear easily, even when you wash them by hand (machine washing them is usually not advised), and you often get less than a year’s worth of use out of them.
The most durable and most easy to maintain window coverings are as follows:
- Cordless window shades – Cordless window shades are more durable because they are not corded. Corded window shades have many more moving parts – which can be damaged over time and affect the operation of the shades – than cordless window shades. Maintenance is very easy, and cordless window shades are a safer window covering option for your home if you have children and pets.
- Faux wood blinds – Faux wood blinds are a very durable and low-maintenance window covering for your home. Unlike real wood window blinds, which can absorb moisture, causing warping, mildew growth, and mold growth, faux window blinds look like real wood, but they are moisture-proof, so they will operate beautifully for a long time. Cleanup is a breeze, requiring nothing more than a damp soft cloth to wipe them down and a dry soft cloth to dry them.
- Roller shades – Roller shades are a very simple window covering that comes in many styles and colors. Operation is easy, which makes them a durable window covering option, and maintenance is equally as easy.
If you’d like to learn about choosing a window covering or types of durable window coverings in Los Altos, CA, you can speak with our experienced staff at Windows & Beyond, Inc.