Each San Antonio home is unique, every one with its own charm and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your San Antonio home are unique too. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment complements them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. Here are our team’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window types found in San Antonio houses.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several homes. Picking the right window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. First, they’re 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 traveling salespeople–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a great window covering all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just give your home classy looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight opening up to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels San Antonio homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they would do best with a resilient window treatment that will still let you regulate how much light you let come through the window.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they can be installed directly onto the window frame and are very sturdy, shutters are a great solution for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in San Antonio homes. With their special geometry, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a square window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, pick a window treatment that can be custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you’ll always reap 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 octagon frame, bolstering its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window glass, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That includes full wall windows that stretch further than what typical window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, San Antonio homeowners might want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, since there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their subdued look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a bit better privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters may be your go-to.
Rake or angled windows are appearing a lot more in modern home design. An issue with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is getting one that fits your unique window shape. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to open and close often is oftentimes best for angled windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, perfect 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 your sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to withstand the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat pass through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can block energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of patterns and textures to choose from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment available.
Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are unlike almost other windows, so they require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. San Antonio homeowners should consider window treatments that enhance a bay window’s eye-catching geometry, offer privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a couple of window treatments that fill all those roles.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows since each shade covers an individual pane, granting you a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you’d like covered. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are located near your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. Usually, the window tops are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that homeowners in San Antonio with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or open and shut from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from coming in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut with the simple flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and rarely if ever move them from that spot. Both choices address the biggest problem of tall windows!
Eyebrow windows are the curved windows usually found above other, usually square windows. Due to their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do in regards to finding the perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, drapes and blinds mask the interesting shape and a long window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Because shutters are able to be custom-built to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re definitely the best option for this unique window type.
Casement windows are unlike most windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, usually by a lever or crank. With this unique opening mechanism, casement windows need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in San Antonio?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built 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, although you might have to work around the material when you want to open and close the window.
Find More San Antonio Window Treatment Recommendations
There may be more to think about than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in San Antonio. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 210-876-0377 today.