5 Things to Consider Before Choosing Window Treatments for Your Rental Property
Window treatments add beauty and function to any space and are a valuable addition to rental properties as well.
Everyone wants a place to stay that is warm and inviting. Window treatments are the best way to add a level of comfort to a room by providing light control, temperature control, and privacy.
For rental properties, window treatments will also be part of the appeal to tenants and occupants. Window treatments are also an easy renovation option that will help increase the value and appearance of your space.
In this article, we are going to discuss five important questions to ask yourself before deciding what window treatments are best for your rental properties.
Consideration #1: Durability and Longevity of the Window Treatments
One of the most important factors when considering window treatments for a rental property is how well those treatments will hold up over time.
Rental properties will see a lot more traffic coming through on a regular basis which means general wear and tear will be accelerated as well.
Durability and longevity of window treatments is a must in order to ensure your window treatments stay beautiful and functional.
When it comes to durability, cordless is a must! There are a lot of moving parts that have to work together in corded window treatments. Anytime one of those pieces wears down or breaks, the window treatment is no longer operational. Even with an easy replacement, it still takes time and money which can detract from the appeal of a rental property.
Some of the best window treatment options for a rental property in terms of durability are the following:
- Cordless Cellular Shades
- Roller Shades
- Solar Shades
- Composite or Vinyl Shutters
Consideration #2: Cost to Repair or Replace the Window Treatments
Accidents happen and in rental properties, which typically see a higher volume of tenants and traffic, repairs are bound to be a regular necessity.
Repairing window treatments is usually a cheaper option than replacing the entire treatment, but they still take time. Some repairs can happen quickly while on the premises, but other times the entire treatment must be removed to be properly fixed offsite. This can increase the cost of the repair as well as be an inconvenience for the tenants.
Once again, cordless window treatments are going to be less costly to repair since there are less moving parts. Restringing corded window treatments can be a time consuming and costly process. Eliminating the cords helps to prevent this possible issue.
Other parts that are easily damaged are the slats or vanes that tilt to open and close. The parts themselves are often inexpensive to replace, depending on the materials, but it is the knowledge of how to take apart and remove the damaged pieces that takes some experience and may end up costing more.
Finding window treatments that do not have a lot of complexity is the key to keeping the cost of repairs low. For rental properties, repairs should be an expected expense, so save yourself by installing cost effective window treatments that are both functional and aesthetically appealing.
Some of the lowest costing window treatments options to repair or replace are the following:
- Cellular Shades
- Vertical Blinds
- Pleated Shades
Consideration #3: Energy Efficiency of the Window Treatments
Keeping utilities and additional expenses low, while keeping guests and tenants comfortable, should be an important consideration for owners of rental properties.
Energy efficient window treatments are one of the best ways to prevent energy loss through windows and maintain a comfortable interior temperature.
Not all window treatments are created the same. The type of treatment and material will determine how much insulation is provided.
Hands down, the most energy efficient window treatment available is cellular shades. These are also known as “honeycomb” shades due to the hexagonal pockets within the material of this window treatment.
Cellular shades have a built in honeycomb structure between multiple layers of pleated material. The air trapped within these cells creates extra insulation between the window and the rest of the room which helps prevent a transfer of heat between the two.
Another way to improve the energy efficiency of an existing window treatment is to add an additional liner. Adding a blackout liner, for example, adds a second layer and drastically improves the density of the overall treatment. This also adds extra insulation to the windows to help prevent energy loss.
Other window treatments are also incredibly energy efficient. It will all come down to the choice of material of the treatment. In most cases, the thicker the material, the more insulation it will provide, but that may not always be the case.
Be sure to talk to your Gotcha Covered Design Consultant and they will be more than happy to discuss the benefits of certain fabrics and materials over others.
The best energy efficient window treatments to consider for rental property are the following:
- Cellular Shades
- Roller Shades
- Blackout Liners
Consideration #4: Comfort Level Provided by the Window Treatments
Energy efficient window treatments add a level of comfort to a space, but let’s discuss the benefits of light control and privacy. Both light control and privacy are critical to creating a comfortable environment.
Early morning sun or harsh afternoon glare is not pleasant for anyone. Easily accessible ways to control the amount of light coming through the windows is the best way to handle any extreme lighting situations.
No one feels quite comfortable with large uncovered windows. While the views may be spectacular, windows also provide a view looking in. Even in the most secluded locations, it is nice to know that a level of privacy can be achieved as needed. Window treatments are the best way to provide coverage to any window.
For both light control and privacy, accessibility is the key. A window treatment that is out of reach or requires a step stool or ladder in order to open or close is simply a hassle. Once the treatment is closed, they may not be reopened in order to avoid the inconvenience. What is the point of having big, beautiful windows to only have them covered?
If the windows are not reachable, motorization might be the best option available. Motorization is a fantastic way to add accessibility with the push of a button! There are a wide variety of operating options for motorization, but for owners of rental properties, we strongly recommend having the control panel mounted to the wall. Not only does this make it easier for guests to see exactly where to find access, but it also prevents them from inadvertently misplacing or removing a remote control altogether.
Some of the best window treatment options to provide light control and privacy to rental properties are the following:
- Cellular Shades
- Solar Shades
- Pleated Shades
One last note: All of these window treatment options can be motorized which increases convenience and accessibility for your guests.
Consideration #5: Window Treatments with Style and Flair
Adding style and flair may not be first on the list of important factors when it comes to choosing window treatments for a rental, but they can go a long way in making your property more desirable to potential renters.
Window treatments are a simple addition that will not cost as much as a renovation, but can still increase the value and appeal of your space.
A beautiful, well cared for space will attract more interest from guests and tenants. Showing that the owners care for their property will also encourage them to do the same. Take care in choosing the right window treatments that will not just be functional but will also add to the look and feel of the space.
Play with colors, patterns, fabrics and materials to create a visually appealing finished window. Be sure to consider the look of the treatment when in its open and closed positions to see how it adds to the space.
No need to stop with just one window treatment! Layering more than one treatment adds versatility as well as visual interest. Side panels and top treatments are options that can add some color and style to any simple, functional window covering without breaking the bank.
Have fun picking styles of window treatments that fit with the décor. For a little seaside bungalow, add to the beachy feeling with coastal design. Play with French country or shabby chic design for a little country cottage. Or for a mountain cabin, choose window treatments that fit with a rustic design style. Find a design style that is just right for you by taking our Design Style Quiz right here: www.gotchacovered.com/what-design-style-am-i
Some of the best window treatment options to add beauty and style to a rental property are the following:
- Roman Shades
- Layered Window Treatments
Window treatments add comfort and style to any space and that is just as important in a rental property as it is in a primary residence.
With additional wear and other factors to consider before choosing the best window treatments for a rental, it is always good advice to reach out to experts. At Gotcha Covered, we know how to balance function, style and budget to find the best solution for your window treatment needs.
Reach out to us today and see what our Gotcha Covered Design Team can do for your home! Call us at (888) 650-6187 or schedule a free design consultation today!