Investing in new windows is a big investment – and one you want to protect. If you have pets that have been known to damage or destroy things in your home, then you may wonder: Are my new windows going to be their next victim? At Progressive Insulation & Windows we cannot assure that your windows will never become the victim of your pets but we can suggest these tips to help reduce the risk.
Keep Furniture Away from the Windows
If your dogs or other pets are likely to get way too excited when they see something out the window, try to prevent them from seeing out the windows. This can mean not leaving furniture right up against the windows. We have seen many windows broken because a dog saw a squirrel or other exciting object outside of a window and tried to crash through said window.
Make Sure Your Window Treatments Are Secure
If you have mini blinds with long cords, a cat or small dog may end up using that cord as a fun toy. This can lead to damage to your window treatments and danger to your pets. Instead of using mini blinds, consider options like shutters that have a classic look and protect your pets from window treatments. Likewise, they have been shown to increase value and can help make your home more energy-efficient.
Train Your Pets to Stay Away from the Windows
It is false that you cannot treat “old dogs” new tricks. No matter how old your pet is, you can teach them to stay away from your newly installed windows, it just may take some time. Look for the right training method for your particular dog or talk to a dog training professional. While you are teaching them, it is best not to leave them alone near the windows while you are not there to supervise.
Choose the Right Windows in the First Place
Some windows are simply more likely to be damaged than others. If you are careful to choose strong, well-made windows then they are less likely to become damaged. If you choose impact-free glass it will be less likely to be broken. If you choose fiberglass windows instead of wood then you will not have to worry about a dog or cat’s claws affecting the window sills.
We Can Help You Make the Right Choice for Your Home
Taking the time to consider your pets is just one of the steps we will take when advising you on how to best move forward and pick the right windows for your home. If you a ready to learn more then we welcome your call to Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200.