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The Pros and Cons of Living Curtains

Living curtains, which are plants on your exterior surfaces, add beauty and provide more privacy to homes. However, they require proper care so they don’t affect the house’s exterior.

The Pros and Cons of Living Curtains

In this post, your leading window installation expert, Renewal by Andersen® of San Francisco, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living curtains.


It’s easy to grow wall climbing plants. They can live in dark, shady places and cover bare outdoor spaces. Both the wall they are planted on and the environment can benefit from living curtains.

These plants can cover unattractive surfaces and provide an additional layer of insulation to the walls. They can help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which lowers heating and cooling costs.

Bees may be attracted to wall climbing plants, especially in the late summer. These creatures shouldn’t bother you because they are only interested in harvesting pollen from the plants.

Plants like Boston Ivy with waxy leaves shed rainwater and can prevent moisture from touching the walls, preventing damage and extending the exterior’s lifespan. However, annual pruning must be done to this plant to prevent it from getting too tall.

Living curtains provide more than just beauty. Kyocera, a Japanese company, developed a food-bearing plant wall, which helps lower energy costs. You can also decorate your indoor space with potted plants. Your local window installation expert, Renewal by Andersen, provides high-quality casement and double-hung windows, which are perfect for hanging plants.


Avoid wall-climbing plants with ‘suckers’ or small branches like spikes like Trumpet Vine and Star Jasmine.

The penetrations they make can multiply and allow the wall-climbing plant into the wall surface, draining natural moisture from the walls. This can weaken the bond of the walls’ materials and compromise the entire structure.

These plants can also get into the roof if they become too tall, which can loosen the tiles and make cracks or holes in the surface. Plants with thicker bases close to the wall can be intrusive to the foundation. They can also be a problem for gutters and windows.

Make your home more appealing with windows from Renewal by Andersen of San Francisco. We are your leading provider of window installation services. Call us at (510) 263-3210, or fill out our online form for a free in-home consultation. We help homeowners in San Francisco, CA.


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