5 Window Treatment Myths Get Busted

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Perhaps you are considering new window treatments for your home. Perhaps you are hesitating because a well-meaning family member has convinced you that one of these window treatment myths are true. Perhaps you had a friend that had a bad experience with window treatments once upon a time.

If you will allow it, I will put on my fedora, channel my inner Adam Savage (star of Discovery Channel’s Myth Busters), and set the record straight on these window treatment myths.

Myth #1: You don’t need to pay for a professional installer to hang your window treatments.

Actually, hiring a professional window treatment installer is one of the most cost-effective solutions available. A professional window treatment installer knows what type of screws or anchors will work best with the type of window treatment you have purchased. A professional window treatment installer has been trained on the correct way to install a wide variety of window treatment types and brands. A professional window treatment installer can complete the installation in less time than a regular handyman or your neighbor which allows you to get back to your regular schedule faster.

Myth #2: Your windows are all “standard” sizes. You don’t need anyone to come out to take measurements.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a standard window. While it is true that if you went to the Pella window factory, or the Andersen window factory and you purchased 100 windows that were all the same, you would have 100 windows that were actually all the same. However, once that window is inserted into the wall of your home and the drywall guy comes through and does his bit around the window, and then the trim guy comes through and does his bit and then the painters come through and do their bit the dimensions of your window openings can change as much as ½ inch from one window to the next. Many times the measurements needed to order window treatments can also depend on the type of window treatment you are looking for. A window treatment professional will know which measurements are needed. They can accurately measure your windows to give your window treatments the best fit possible.

Myth #3: Buying motorized shades requires hiring an electrician.

This is only partly true. If you want motorized shades that are permanently hardwired into your home’s electrical system, then yes, you will need an electrician to run wires through the walls to the windows. This is usually best done when the home is still under construction. However, there are a large number of window treatments, including roller shades, honeycomb shades, and drapery rods that can be powered by battery packs, rechargeable motor systems, or plug-and-play systems using standard wall outlets.

Myth #4: Nobody is using curtains anymore.

Draperies and curtains (what’s the difference?) are still in great demand. Like all trends, there are peaks and lulls in popularity. Functional or traversing drapery gives you control over the amount of light coming into the room. When closed they provide an increased level of insulation. This can help lower your heating and cooling costs. Stationary drapery panels provide a splash of color or texture to accent the area surrounding your windows. There is a wide range of styles of drapery hardware on the market with new collections being introduced every year.

Myth #5: You’ll lose your view if you cover your windows.

Well, technically, if you draw your draperies across the window, or you close the louvers on your shutters and leave them like that, then yes, you will “technically” lose your view. However, when opened, most window treatments will only minimally interfere with your “view-through.” Some window treatments will even enhance your view by reducing glare as well as adding a level of privacy that would not be available without window coverings.

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