Low Maintenance Window Treatments For Your House
Gone are the days when window treatments were relegated to fabric. Nowadays, there are so many different materials that you can choose. And also, there are many different styles of low-maintenance window treatments are on the market. Here are some of them. Traditional pleated draperies are a mainstay of soft window treatments. Lined draperies installed correctly on a well-constructed traverse rod provide years of low-maintenance window coverage. Opt for room-darkening or thermal lining to extend the life of draperies that are exposed to weather extremes and to decrease your room’s exposure to harmful ultra-violet rays. Choose sill-height curtains to minimize dust that is attracted to full-length drapery hemlines. A lined, board-mounted Roman shade, a soft-fold shade that makes neat overlapping folds that require little maintenance beyond an occasional dusting, has an installed cord lock for easy height adjustment.
Factory-made window treatments are available in a wide assortment of low-maintenance choices. Honeycomb shades provide energy-efficient window coverage with contemporary cellular pleats, much like their name suggests. Vertical blinds provide a low-maintenance alternative, with traversing and rotating slats that resist dust and signs of aging, especially in the solid vinyl styles. Horizontal blinds are available in vinyl, metal, wood and wood alternative products, but regular dusting of blind slats is required. Some manufacturers offer features such as anti-dust, ultra-violet ray blockage and anti-microbial finishes on certain products. These added benefits can further reduce the need for maintenance or early replacement, but they can increase costs.