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When to Replace Blinds; When to Fix Blinds

Posted: Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 | Filed under: window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Having a family or pets in the home means that there is usually more repairs and replacements when it comes to your window blinds then those that are living in a home by themselves. Wear and tear happens no matter what, it could be as simple as a cat who wanders to the window pane moving your blinds back and forth or your blinds can be damaged from your children tugging the cord to hard or in the wrong direction. You can usually repair blinds on your own and save money doing some. Often times repairing the blinds are the answer to the problem and not a full replacement to your blinds.

A few repairs that come to mind, with window blinds, can be a broken slat, a missing slat, and the cord wearing thin or breaking off. These are usually simple and inexpensive repairs. If a slat breaks off you can purchase vertical blind clips. Blind clips are made of strong metal, and they can reattach either a curved or a straight vane with ease to fix this issue. Another common complaint with window blinds is the cords wearing too thin or breaking off completely. To repair this, removing all of the vanes from the main head rail is a must. Having help to hold the head rail while you unhook it from the mounts is important. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the cord package as well. All you need to do is remove the old cords and fasten the new ones on securely.

Simple DIY repairs for common window blinds issues are the answer to these simple issues but repairs aren’t always the answer. It is time to replace your blinds when the expense to fix your window blinds becomes more then a new set of blinds. This seems to be commons sense, but at times we don’t assess situations and just get involved. Always assess the cost of a repair, before getting involved in working on a costly project, time is money and so is the cost of the blind parts that need to be purchased for a repair. Evaluate this accordingly and then decide if the best answer is to repair or replace your window blinds.

What are Venetian Blinds?

Posted: Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 | Filed under: interior design, Roman shades, Shading systems, window shading, window treatments
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Venetian blinds are a type of window treatment that serves the purpose of blocking out the light and for giving your home the privacy that is desired. Venetian blinds are very popular and found in most homes new and old. A Venetian blind has slatted horizontal strips attached one above another, usually by string in rows. Using a metal or plastic wand is how you normally would open or close the blind slats, and a draw string usually lifts or lowers the blinds in whole. Venetian blinds are usually made of metal of vinyl.

Venetian blinds can come in a mini blind form, which has real narrow slats, often used to make a tighter connection and keep more light out. Other types of Venetian blinds are wooden Venetian blinds, window Venetian blinds, and vertical Venetian blinds. You can, also, find custom Venetian blinds, and plastic Venetian blinds.

No matter which type of Venetian blind you choose you can count on privacy if you choose these simple blinds. One would have to be at your window looking for cracks to peer into your window to see in your home, unless your blinds were left open by someone in your home. Venetian blinds allow for a dark room if closed tightly. Another added benefit of these blind types is that they’re an affordable option with many color options available as well.

Venetian blinds have a few drawbacks but these drawbacks are few. Being Venetian blinds are slatted horizontally, they can be dust collectors. Venetian blinds aren’t usually a beautiful site but they’re very functional. Venetian blinds are very easy to install, but it is vital you measure Venetian blinds. If they don’t fit your window’s measurements you will have to take a trip back to the store for an exchange. Lightweight Venetian blinds are damaged easily. A child pulling the cord to hard can mean you have repairs to do sooner then if you purchased a quality Venetian blind. Making sure you purchase a sturdy option will fix this. In the end, Venetian blinds are a great pick for the home.

What are Sheer Blinds?

Posted: Monday, January 10th, 2011 | Filed under: Green shading, Shading systems, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Modern window treatments

Modern window treatments

As we go through the different seasons it can be really difficult to pick the right window treatment for your needs in regards to what the weather elements will be for you and your home. A popular blind, because of their functionality, are sheer blinds. No matter which season you’re up against, the sheer blind will work for you for many reasons. Sheer blinds are easy to use, are friendly to different weather elements, and are a pretty site to see.

Just as you can do with a normal set of blinds, you can tilt your sheer blinds to reduce glare on your television or to peek outside your window when you hear a sudden noise. What separates sheer blinds from the rest is that each blind vane is separated by a quality sheer fabric that blocks out sun rays and adds to your home the privacy we need in our homes. This sheer element between each vane can be aide in letting in the light, and can block out heat from the summer or cold from the winter season.

Although, sheer blinds are on the more expensive side when it comes to window blind options, they have many benefits and are more appealing then a normal blind option. Another complaint some may have in regards to sheer blinds is that they don’t block the heat in that well and they aren’t the best option for room darkening. This is because the sheer that is attached to each vane will not allow the vanes to close tightly which allows light to enter the home.

There are pros and cons to each window treatment option that fancies most people, knowing the pros and cons is a key element in picking the right window shade for your home. If a soft and airy look is what you want to achieve, the sheer shades are a beautiful choice in any room. They do aide in reducing some light and warmth in the room, but also allow these elements in the home if wanted. Often sheer blinds are layered with custom drapes to help aide in the energy efficiency we all are aiming for and to block the weather elements out when we don’t want them to enter our home at all. Pairing sheer blinds with heavy drapes, leaving the drapes open most of the time, is what is recommended. Doing so will allow you to use sheer blinds as they’re intended, capturing the beauty of the outdoors while allowing you privacy in your home.

Capacity of Blackout Shades

Posted: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 | Filed under: blackout shades, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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You have made a decision to upgrade your window treatments with the latest in style, fashion, and technology. Among the choices in fabric and design, you must also determine your exact need in order to be appropriately matched with the right light capacity for your situation.

Shading systems are available in a myriad of capacities from those that let light in, but protect your privacy, to complete light-tight shades for media rooms.

Rooms near sidewalks or offices with window access to outdoor public areas often need privacy shades. These modern window treatments focus more on offering privacy than blocking sunlight. Privacy shade systems are great for when you want to let the light in, but wish to keep out unwanted peering eyes.

Other systems are available that cut on glare or block out heat. These are particularly helpful during summer months when electric costs and environmental conservation become a concern.

Blackout Shades

Blackout Shades

For parents of newborn babies, blackout window treatments are a wise investment. After a long night of soothing a colicky baby or even just the constant ups and downs and interrupted sleep that is normal with a newborn, the last thing new parents want is sunlight waking the baby. Blackout blinds keep out as much as 99% of visible light. Stylish drapery can be used to keep light from seeping in around the edges, allowing you even just a few more moments of peaceful sleep.

When you require even more darkness – perhaps for a media room, photography darkroom, or even a bedroom – light-tight shades are what you need. This modern window treatment has the greatest possible light filtering capabilities. Able to block out all visible light, light tight shades can create a room that is completely void of light. To prevent light from entering around the edges where the window meets the wall, these shades use side channels to hold the fabric tight and seal off any gaps that might let in light.

Shading Systems, Inc. also has available more than fifty different types of room darkening fabrics, creating the ability to personalize each room in your home to match your tastes and exceed your expectations.