In this picture that I took there are basically three different types of window coverings. One of them that is the normal drapes or curtains and then the other two types of things that to me shouldn't be used on the windows. My basic concern is how are you sticking the material onto the window in the first place and how easy or hard is it to remove late.
On the bottom left of the picture where is what looks like foil over all of the window. Sure it might help keep the heat out but considering you can now purchase blackout curtains at a reasonable price that would probably work as well and you would even get some air into the room as well. I understand that it may help to keep the room cool but it sure doesn't look nice from the outside of the building. I know that with the new windows that they have just put in our building that you aren't allowed to put foil on the windows.
The top right of the picture is another method that to me really doesn't seem to be very useful and it looks like they have stuck sales flyers up to cover all of the window. Again making it extremely hard to get air into the room as it is on all of the windows. The newspaper would be a good idea if you were painting the room and didn't want to get paint on the window but this paper has been up for weeks so it isn't that the unit is just being painted.
Sure everyone has a different view of window coverings and that works for them and what doesn't. I think what gets to me is when there are the newspaper coverings because those are the ones that I really can't figure out. I don't think it would keep a lot of the light out but maybe I am wrong. I also understand that no everyone can afford to purchase new curtains or drapes for their home but maybe just going into a thrift store may help them out. A lot of the thrift stores have tons and tons of curtains and even if they are too big for the window it would probably look a little nicer than the sales flyers.
Window coverings are yes the choice of the people living in the unit so that is why it can be very interesting to just look at the various window treatments you see when you pass by some apartment or condominium buildings.