Every Detroit home is unique, each with its own charm and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Detroit home are unique as well. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence the style of window treatment that suits them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style may be the most important for determining your ideal window treatment. These are our picks for window treatments to fit the specialty window varieties found in Detroit houses.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in Detroit homes. Finding the right window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. First, sidelights are a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from the mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–are going to see them up close, which makes a fantastic window treatment that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight opening up to decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Detroit homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you regulate the amount of light you let into your home.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re able to be installed directly onto the window and are very damage-resistant, shutters are the perfect partner for French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.
Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows there are in Detroit homes. With their special geometry, you would be careless to cover them up with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, pick a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so you’re always able to get the benefits of your octagon window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly in an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch far beyond what standard window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Detroit homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of window area that they need to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works well with wider windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that slide along a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little more energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.
Angled windows (or “rake” windows) are popping up more and more in contemporary home design. An issue with angled window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that matches your unique window shape. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t have to open and shut often is usually best for rake windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.
Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for your sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to stand up to the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Shutters and panel tracks both make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also offer an array of designs and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window covering on the market.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The tall panes, convex layout, and broad view you get from bay windows are unlike almost other windows, so they require some special consideration when shopping for a window treatment. Detroit homeowners should focus on window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching layout, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that meet all these requirements.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows because each shade can cover an individual pane, granting you some flexibility in how much surface area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are near your ceiling can be difficult to treat. Usually, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. So Detroit homeowners with high ceiling windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or operate remotely. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the quick push of a button, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters many homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both choices tackle the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are the curved windows that are often positioned above other, standard rectangular windows. Due to their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do when it comes to picking your perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds hide the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window under it. Because shutters can be custom-made to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re easily the best option for this window type.
Casement windows are unlike other windows. Casements have a hinge on a side, and open and close by swinging in and out, sometimes via crank or lever. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casement windows need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So what do you choose for casement windows in Detroit?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and close your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, but you may have to work around the fabric when you want to open or close the window.
Find More Detroit Window Treatment Picks
There is always more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Detroit. Take a peek at our top picks for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 248-429-9294 today.