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Types of window décor

Posted: Friday, May 28th, 2010 | Filed under: Shading systems, window shading, window treatments
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There are many types of window décor to choose from in regards to the right appeal for your home, functionality, and cost. There are modern and classic types of shading to use when it comes to the décor of your window treatments. Dependant on your needs and the look of your home’s overall décor is dependant on the type of window décor that may be right for your specific needs. What types of window treatments are right for your home?

5 different types of window décor and their functionality for your home:

• Roller Shades – Very modern and very popular. Roller shades are offered with many fabric types to choose from such as solar control sunscreen, privacy/translucent, and room darkening blackout materials. These materials are ideal for keeping the home cool and helping your window treatment to look very nice.
Skylight Shades– Helping to eliminate unwanted heat and glare with many options available such as roman shades, sloped, custom shapes, and pleated shades.
• Folding Shades – A classic alternative and comes in many fabrics and shapes including accordion-style pleated and honeycomb shades.
• Sunroom Shades – Using retractable shades with Sunroom shades will help reduce cost, protect furniture, and add privacy to your home by using sunrooms, solariums, and atriums.
• Exterior shades – Great to reduce the sun’s heat before it hits enters in your home. These are great for skylights, sunrooms, solariums, and greenhouses

What are your needs and what style of window décor best suits you in regards to your home while still offering your home shade? If you’re still unsure about which shading system best suits your needs in regards to functionality and décor after we’ve listed the different types of window décor and their functionality please reach out and we will help you in regards to finding the right window treatment for your home. The simplest way to contact us is simply to leave your question as a comment on this blog post, along with your contact information and we will be in touch.

Keeping your home cool without air conditioning

Posted: Friday, May 21st, 2010 | Filed under: Green shading, Greener living, sustainable living, window treatments
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Saving money on energy costs is possible by keeping your home cool without using the air conditioner. There are many tips out there for keeping your home cool that very in cost and simplicity. Tips can be as simple as opening windows at night keeping the air circulating with fans and closing the windows in the morning when the heat begins to rise. Tips can be a bit more complex, like going over how to shade your home properly to keep your home cool.

Starting with some simple home tips in keeping your home cool without turning on your air-conditioner can lead to comfort in your home. Keep ceiling fan and room fans on, use your air conditioners fan settings instead of your air conditioner if your air conditioning system allows for that. Minimizing cooking, hot showers and laundry will reduce the humidity in the home during the hotter part of the day. Wait till the cooler parts of the evening to do these daily tasks.

Shading your home will keep your home even cooler and will help keep the air conditioner too off mode more often. Shading your home can be done with trees and large bushes, especially if these trees and large bushes are offering your windows large amounts of shading. Using a reflective window film or retractable window awnings can help shade windows keeping your home cool. In regards to choosing blinds, drapes, or window shades, choosing light colored window shades helps reduce the need for using an air conditioner.

There are many shades to choose from and it is important to choose the best fit for your needs. There are blackout shades, sunscreen shades, sheer shades, privacy shades, recessed shades, roman shades, roller shades and many more. Let us know your needs and we can help you choose the right shades for your home.

A more comfortable living environment with better shading

Posted: Friday, May 14th, 2010 | Filed under: Green shading, sustainable living, window shading, window treatments
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A comfortable environment when it comes to shading a home means keeping the sun’s heat from coming indoors during the summer months or keeping the warmth in during winter months but, also having a great view to peer out at when gazing out the window. How do you create this comfortable environment considering the seasons changing, the beauty of home décor, and the functionality of your shading system used for your home? Creating a comfortable environment for your home with proper shading isn’t as difficult as it seems.

Functionality and seasonal changes are very important matters to consider when it comes to comfort for shading your home. Being functional means that there are more things to consider in better shading your home and keeping things at a good comfortable level. Functionality and comfort may mean laying back or working less by using a remote control shading system or automated shades often found in roller shades systems, or motorized awnings for when you want to let the sun in for the colder seasons.

The beauty of our home décor plays an important part in making our homes a more comfortable environment in regards to shading our home. Being able to peer outside to see a friendly neighbor pass by, to see who is coming to visit, or to watch a squirrel play in a nearby tree can’t be done if your windows are completely covered up; all to keep the temperature right in your home. Roller shades are ideal for this. Roller shades aren’t bulky and are made with an assortment of fabrics to match your home’s décor. Roller shades come in a variety of materials which include solar control sunscreen, privacy/translucent, and room darkening blackout materials. These are great materials to beautify your home and to stay functional at the same time.

Create a comfortable living environment with better shading your home. Feel free to ask any questions as we are the best shading company in NYC and aim to bring to you quality shading and quality information.

What is a Blackout shade?

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 | Filed under: blackout shades, Folding Shades, Roller Shades, Skylight Shades, window treatments
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Blackout Shades

Blackout Shades

Blackout shades and window treatments can block up to 99 percent of visible light from entering a room. With their ability to stop light from penetrating the treatment’s fabric, blackout shades are ideal for bedrooms, nurseries and media rooms. Some shades, such as cellulars and Romans, are made from a blockout material, while other fabrics or materials, such as woven wood shades, require an attached blackout liner. The blockout property of a window covering applies only to light striking the shade itself; a halo of light will seep in around the edges of the window treatment. A drapery or side panel, and a fascia over the roller can help cover up this light seepage. For maximum effectiveness, aluminum extrusion side channels can be mounted around the blackout window treatment. As the leading supplier of shading control systems in the New York metropolitan area, we offer window blackout shades in a wide selection styles from leading manufacturers, so our solutions can meet your design needs in addition to blocking light. We even have options for sliding windows and skylights

What is a Skylight Shade?

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Folding Shades, Roller Shades, Skylight Shades, window treatments
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Skylight Shades

Skylight Shades

Glass skylights bring natural light and a sense of openness into a space. However, they can often produce unwanted heat and glare. In the warmer months, the heat they generate can add significantly to cooling costs. Skylight shades are an excellent way to control and regulate how much sunlight and heat is generated by overhead and out-of reach windows throughout the day. And motorized shading control systems make skylight shades more practical than ever. They eliminate the need for dangling cords, long cranks, ladders, or other cumbersome methods of manually operating the shade
Skylights have soared in popularity, and the variety of shade options and styles has grown along with them. Today skylight shades are available in styles including folding, or Roman shades, flat roller shades, sloped shades, pleated shades. There are even options for exterior skylight shades. They can be made in custom shapes, as well, giving designers and architects the freedom to create skylights in any size or shape, secure in the knowledge that a shading control system for it is available. And while motorized control systems can simplify operation, manual and crank operated units are easy to use and perfectly suitable for many locations. Manual units can also provide a cost advantage over motorized controls. Architects, contractors, homeowners and apartment dwellers alike throughout New York City and the Tri State region turn to us for window treatments for skylights. Our shading system professionals can help you determine when and what skylight shade system options are most suitable for your locations, and help you make the right choice of window treatment for your skylight or high window.