The Ideal Window Treatments For Your Garage In Chicago

Richard Rampton

When thinking about your Chicago home’s window coverings, many folks might neglect the garage. After all, you usually only enter the garage when you need your car, and then you could be running late to work or hauling groceries into the house. But if you spend any time in a garage-based workshop or gym, you will see that sunlight can refract off of dust, exhaust, and wood shavings. You also might want to install treatments in those garage windows so no one can tell your at-home status.

Picking out a window covering for the garage in Chicago can be tricky. There’s a lot to consider regarding appearance, durability, and functionality. The coverings should try to complement the rest of your windows while still being easy to use, even when the windows are set in an awkward spot. Above all else, your window treatments should come clean easily.  

So with these details in mind, what are the best window treatments for your garage in Chicago?

Faux Wood Plantation Shutters Are Perfect In The Garage

Small Windows in a Chicago Garage with Plantation Shutters 

Faux wood plantation shutters meet all the requirements, making shutters the best garage window coverings. Shutters are strong enough to handle dust, dirt and exhaust, which is needed for the garage, while still maintaining their timeless and versatile design. You can open the shutters simply by using a center tilt rod, which works much better than fooling with cords in a poorly lit and possibly tight space. Shutters even offer some energy efficiency to your garage which sees the greatest amount of heat loss.

Polywood shutters are also easy to keep clean. Inside dust and outside leaves, grass, and pollen can collect on your plantation shutters.  The good news is you can take a damp cloth and lightly scrub your faux wood plantation shutters to remove all that garage dirt. A quality faux wood, like Polywood, also means that your plantation shutters shouldn’t chip, crack, warp or split -- even if your garage is dank or without conditioned air or heat.

What Window Treatments Should You Avoid For A Garage In Chicago?

While plantation shutters work perfectly in your garage windows, you might be tempted into using a cheaper product. However, that might not be the best idea, even for an overlooked space.

For instance, don’t get anything that uses cloth. Cloth treatments, like curtains or Roman shades, will take in all the odors and grime from your car’s exhaust.  After a short time, the treatment will begin to look old and worn out. You can replace the soiled coverings with fresh treatments, but you’ll just wind up with more oily curtains.

Vinyl blinds may also look appealing, as they are inexpensive and easy to install. But don’t discount the pressure internal cords take in your high-humidity garage. Just like cloth coverings, the cords on vinyl treatments can immediately absorb the wetness and become soggy.  Extreme heat and humidity may even melt the vinyl! Eventually those vinyl blinds can lose slats or become permanently unhinged on one side. Now you shed all curb appeal with your garage looking like a hurricane has hit the subpar shades.  

Sunburst Can Help You Outfit Your Garage With Polywood Shutters

Let Sunburst help you get the best window treatments for your garage windows by showing you our line of Polywood plantation shutters. We will demonstrate to you how simple these shutters are to open and clean, and how they enhance your garage’s curb appeal. Call 847-250-6544 today or fill out the form below for your in-home consultation.