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The Ideal Window Coverings For Your Garage In New York City

May 23, 2019

When choosing your New York City home’s window treatments, some homeowners might overlook the garage. After all, you generally only use the garage when you use your car, and then you may be running late to work or carrying groceries into the house. But if you have a garage-based workshop or gym, you will see that errant sunlight can refract off of dust, exhaust, and wood shavings. You also may want to put some sort of window treatment in those garage windows so unwanted visitors can’t guess your at-home status.

Picking out a window treatment for the garage in New York City can be tough. There’s a delicate balancing act between appearance, durability, and performance. The treatments should try to work with the rest of your house while still being easy to use, even when the windows are set in an awkward spot. Above all else, your window coverings should come clean easily.  

And with these ideas in hand, what are the best window treatments for your garage in New York City?

Polywood Plantation Shutters Work Best In The Garage

Square Windows in a New York City Garage with Polywood Shutters 

Faux wood plantation shutters check off all the requirements, making them the perfect garage window coverings. Shutters are strong enough to handle dust, dirt and exhaust, which is needed for the garage, while maintaining their timeless and versatile design. You open and close the shutters simply by using a center tilt rod, which is simpler than fooling with cords in a dank and crowded space. Shutters even offer some energy efficiency to the one space that struggles with the most heat loss.

Polywood plantation shutters are also very easy to clean. All the muck that comes into the garage can show on your window treatments.  However, you can take a damp cloth and wipe down your faux wood plantation shutters and they will always look great. A quality faux wood, like Polywood, also means that your shutters won’t chip, crack, warp or split -- no matter if your garage is dank or without conditioned air or heat.

What Window Coverings Should You Avoid For Your Garage In New York City?

While plantation shutters work wonderfully in the widows of your garage, you could be tempted into buying an off-the-shelf product. However, that might not be the most prudent choice, even for a dirty space.

First, avoid anything that makes use of fabric. Cloth treatments, like curtains or Roman shades, will absorb all the smells and grime from your car’s exhaust.  After a short time, the treatment will definately look old and worn out. You can replace the curtains with new ones, but you’ll just get more ratty looking curtains.

Vinyl blinds may also seem tempting, as they are inexpensive and easy to install. But don’t overlook the beating internal cords take in your high-humidity garage. Just like cloth curtains, the cords on vinyl blinds can start to absorb excess moisture and become dilapidated.  Garage heat and humidity may even warp the slats! Pretty soon those vinyl blinds will lose slats or become permanently unhinged on one side. And while the main house looks catalog ready, your garage looks like a mess.  

Sunburst Can Help You Dress Your Garage With Polywood Shutters

Let Sunburst help you pick the perfect window treatments for your garage windows by showing you our line of Polywood plantation shutters. We will demonstrate to you how simple these shutters are to use and clean, and how they enhance your garage’s curb appeal. Call 631-246-3930 now or fill out the form below for your in-home consultation.

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