Frequently Asked Questions About Window Coverings
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Shades & Blinds
Sheer shades are a product the combines the functionality and aesthetics of blinds and shades. They consist of horizontal slats placed between layers of sheer fabric. These slats can be opened and closed just like slats on regular blinds. There are also room darkening options.
A roller shade is a simple shade that lays flat when lowered and when raised, it wraps around a cylinder. Roller shades come in a wide variety of materials, from blackout material to sheer and everything between.
Cellular shades are energy efficient, they keep the cold air out in the winter and keep the warm air out in the summer. They are also cordless, so they are a great option when considering child safety. They also have the nice option of being able to raise and lower from both the top and bottom of the shade.
Cellular shades come with varying degrees of light filtration from a translucent shade that lets most light in while protecting privacy, room darkening shades and event to a full blackout shade option.
The cells in cellular shades hold trapped air creating a buffer between the inside air and the outside air. This prevents the inside and outside air from coming in contact with each other and preventing heat loss or heat gain.
Cellular shades come in options on single-cell, double-cell and triple-cell. The more cells, the higher the energy efficiency.
Woven shades are a good option if you are looking for a casual, natural look as well as an eco-friendly option. Woven shades are made from renewable natural sources such as bamboo, jute or grasses.
Vertical blinds are a very versatile choice as it is easy to control light and privacy and they come in a variety of materials and options. They are easy to care for and have a cord free wand which is safe for homes with children.
Faux wood blinds are a great choice when you want the look of real wood blinds, but may have less than favorable conditions for wood. They are resistant to extreme temperatures as well as moisture and humidity and they are budget friendly.
You can install exterior sun screens to your patio for protection from heat, glare and UV rays. Protecting your patio adds a layer of defense to the interior of you home.
There are many varieties of blinds to choose from. The can be broken down into these categories: Persian or Venetian blinds consist of horizontal slats stacked on each other; Vertical blinds; Roman Shades; Roller Blinds; Wood Blinds; Faux Wood Blinds.
Blinds have slats that can be moved to adjust the amount of light you want to enter your room, while shades are typically one piece of soft material that raises all at once.
Panel track blinds are a cross between draperies and vertical blinds. They are a group of panels that slide open and closed on a track system. They are a great option for large windows and sliding glass doors. They can also be used as room dividers and they come in a wide variety of materials.
If you look at french doors as another type of window, it makes selecting a treatment easier. Many treatments will work on french doors, allowing function and design. Some options include cellular shades, roman shades, roller shades, sheer curtains and all types of blinds.
Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, A true blackout treatment will remove all light from entering your room, including the halo of light that may enter around the treatment. A room darkening treatment can be any treatment with an opaque material that limits the amount of light entering your room.
Solar shades are made from a mesh material. They are similar to other shades in that they block sunlight and glare, buy they are designed specifically to block UV rays.
Two great benefits of solar shades is that they block UV rays which can protect your furnishings, and they are a good insulator which makes them a good choice when looking for an energy efficient window covering.
When shopping for solar screens, it is important to evaluate what your goals are. You should decide whether blocking heat, blocking cold, maintaining views or daytime privacy is most important to you. Once you understand your goals, it will make shopping for the right product easier for you.