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The Ideal Window Treatments For Your Garage In Chicago

May 23, 2019

When thinking about your Chicago home’s window coverings, many folks might overlook the garage. After all, you generally only use the garage when you want to use your car, and then you might be running late to work or carrying 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 some sort of covering up to prevent potential burglars from knowing if you’re at home.

Picking out a window covering for the garage in Chicago can be tricky. There’s a lot to consider regarding style, durability, and functionality. The coverings should try to work with 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 be easy to clean.  

So with these details in hand, 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 them the ideal garage window coverings. Shutters have plenty of timeless style, but still are stable enough for the garage. You can open the shutters through a center tilt rod, which is much easier than fumbling around with cords in a poorly lit and possibly tight space. Shutters even offer some energy efficiency to a room that experiences the most heat loss.

Polywood shutters are also easy to keep clean. Car exhaust, dust, and wood shavings from a table saw can build up on your window treatments.  The good news is you can use a wet rag 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 damp or unheated.

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

While plantation shutters hold up the best to your garage’s humid climate, you might be considering installing 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 smoke from your car’s exhaust.  In a short while, the curtain or shade will begin to look ratty and worn. You can replace the soiled coverings with fresh treatments, but you’ll just end up with more oily curtains.

Vinyl blinds may also seem tempting, as they are inexpensive and easy to install. But they just don’t hold up with any consistency. Just like cloth curtains, the cords on vinyl blinds will immediately absorb the wetness and become sticky or frayed.  Extreme heat and humidity may even melt the vinyl! Pretty soon those vinyl blinds can lose slats or break a cord, making it look unhinged on one side. The result is a haphazard mess that makes your attached garage seem different from the rest of the house.  

Sunburst Can Help You Outfit Your Garage With Polywood Shutters

Let Sunburst help you get the best window treatments for your garage 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.

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