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Virginia Beach Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every Virginia Beach home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your Virginia Beach home are unique too. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and influence which window treatment complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is often the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the unique window types found in Virginia Beach houses.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are the tall, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several homes. Getting the best window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your home, since most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your postman to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a sidelight window treatment all the more important to make sure you keep your privacy.

Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just give your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily custom-built for long, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a typical sight opening up to patios or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Virginia Beach homeowners have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close often, so they need a durable window treatment that will still let you alter the amount of light you let come through the window.

Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they can be installed directly onto the window and are very resilient, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a Virginia Beach bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows there are in Virginia Beach homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be careless to obscure them with a square window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, choose a window treatment that’s able to be custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you can always get the benefits of your octagon window.

Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagon frame, preserving its unique shape and style. Likewise, window film applies directly to the glass pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch far beyond what standard window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Virginia Beach homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows normally allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of room that they’ll have to cover.

Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a type of shade with large panels of fabric that move on a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a bit more energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters might be your best bet.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Rake or angled windows are appearing more often in modern home design. The problem with angled window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is getting one that fits your window’s unique shape. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and shut often is usually best for angled windows.

Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being totally customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - great for windows that are hard to reach.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you buy for a sliding glass door needs to let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to stand up to all the usage a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Either one can make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of designs and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you the ability to take your designs anywhere. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window covering.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and wide view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, and thus need some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Virginia Beach homeowners should look at window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a number of window treatments that fill all those roles.

Our recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows because each shade can cover a single pane, offering a lot of flexibility in how much window area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each separate pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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Tall & High Ceiling Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be hard to treat. In many cases, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that homeowners in Virginia Beach with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or open and shut remotely. It would be a bonus if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring in.

Our recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the simple push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to tilt the louvers to a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both choices tackle the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows often found above other, usually square windows. As a result of their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to picking the perfect window treatment.

Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, shades, and drapes obscure the unique shape and a long window treatment might cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the square window beneath it. Because shutters are custom-built to perfectly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re by far the best option for this window shape. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, typically via crank or lever. Because of this unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Virginia Beach?

Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for a lever or crank–which lets you open and close your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades will also pair well with casement windows, though you’ll have to pull aside the material when you want to open or shut it.

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Get More Virginia Beach Window Treatment Picks

There’s more to think about than just the window style when looking at window treatments in Virginia Beach. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 757-210-6448 today.