Houston Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments09/21/2016Cory Cryer Unique window types can be the most visually striking qualities of houses in Houston - and one of the most attention-drawing examples of those unique windows are bay windows. From either inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a feeling of comfort and fashion all at the same time - granted that they’re partnered with the right window covering. But how does a homeowner know which window covering to pick? Just as with other specialty windows, bay windows have individual factors to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Houston will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the top picks for your Houston bay windows. What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, generic window treatment might hide the beauty of a bay window. Go with a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s unique shape. Control your light and temperature levels - Bay windows can let in a lot of heat and light from the sun. Select a window treatment that will keep your house cozy and allows you to control the climate. Privacy - Just like a window treatment should accentuate a bay window’s shape, it also needs to control how much you’re able to see outside your window, and how clearly others are able to see inside. The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments Aluminum blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hurt the appeal of uniquely-shaped windows, which can make them seem somewhat generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency. Drapes - Like blinds, drapes hurt the charm of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their main benefits. Control over brightness is also a zero sum game with drapes. No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The only upside to no window treatment is increased visibility, but it reduces your energy efficiency and light control, and will let passersby get a clear look inside your home at all hours. Top Picks For Houston Bay Windows Bay Window Cellular Shades Stylish, easy on the wallet, and easy to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available in a range of cell sizes, from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and come with a top-down/bottom-up system that allows you to raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get your perfect view while allowing for control of light levels. Our cellular shades can be purchased in a range of transparencies, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is never a concern. Also, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the top or at the side of the window when open, since they collapse so easily. That makes it so you’re able to keep the elegant look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use. Bay Window Plantation Shutters Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Houston homeowners the chance to showcase their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters surpass cellular shades however, by giving you even more effective control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-made for your windows, you can have even greater freedom in how you add to their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations. Due to the fact that bay windows tend to be some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive draw. Polywood shutters can restrict up to 30 degrees of heat flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your space is a simple tilt away. For that classic wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can complement the wood frame around bay windows. Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Houston! You may be doing your home a disservice if you aren’t getting a huge visual impact from your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Houston help your windows soar with our professional experience. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Houston team today by calling 713-853-9629 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and have product samples brought right to your house!