San Diego Specialty Window Treatment Guide
Every San Diego home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your San Diego home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment fits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window may be the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to match the unique window varieties found in San Diego homes.
Sidelights are the long, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Picking a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from the postman to guests to traveling salesmen–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment that much more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.
What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re installed directly onto the window and are very damage-resistant, shutters are the perfect solution for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in San Diego homes. With their special shape, you would be remiss to mask them with a run-of-the-mill window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, go with a window treatment that you can customized to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.
What we recommend for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.
What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works well with especially wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a tad better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.
Rake or angled windows are popping up a lot more in contemporary home design. An issue with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that fits your unique window shape. Bear in mind as well that several angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and close often is usually best for angled windows.
What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to stand up to the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you an array of styles and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters are available in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window treatment.
Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and wide view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. San Diego homeowners should focus on window treatments that match a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, offer privacy, and look gorgeous in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a few window treatments that can do it all.
What we recommend for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows since each shade covers an individual pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more adaptability in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are located close to your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. Normally, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. So homeowners in San Diego with high ceiling windows might want to choose a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or operate from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from pouring in.
What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can operate with the easy push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to tilt the louvers to a single ideal position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both choices tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!
What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades obscure the interesting shape and any lengthy window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters can be custom-made to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re definitely the best option for this window shape.
What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window without any hassle. Both Roman and cellular shades will also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the fabric when you want to open or shut the window.
Get More San Diego Window Treatment Tips
There is always more to think about than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in San Diego. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 760-405-8887 today.