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Window Shades for Solar Control

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Solar Control

Solar Control

Not all window shades are designing for solar control, many are simply for décor. If you’re in the market for new window treatments, it’s important to thoroughly identify your needs for window shades. If you’re simply trying to add some color to your room, in addition to the honeycomb shades already on your window, you may not necessarily need solar control. In other cases, if you don’t already have window treatments on your windows, purchasing window shades that don’t protect against the harsh sun, you can fight against your air conditioning.

Many different window shade manufacturers offer solar control options. One of the best options for solar control is a drapery system. Since most draperies are thick and can protect your interior against harmful light or heat, they are a great option to consider in any room of your house.

Drapery systems allow you to adjust your curtains horizontally along with the sun’s movement. You can open and close your draperies throughout the day to allow light in at certain times, and keep it out when the sun is at it’s strongest in mid afternoon.

To ease the process even more, you should consider motorized systems for your draperies. There are a variety of different motorized shades solutions that can be customized for any home. Motorized systems are very easy to use and can be set up on a timer! So, instead of manually opening and closing your draperies all day every day, set up your motorized system to do it automatically for you.

Draperies are a great option for solar control, especially because fabric and color choices are almost endless. You can even opt to add a blackout fabric liner in your curtains to fully block the light. This is a great option for bedrooms, media rooms and other living spaces in your home.

Aside from draperies, there are solar rolling shades that offer a clean, simple look to your home. There are honeycomb or Roman shades, all of which can be customized for your style and need. Most options are also available in a motorized system, so keep in mind the simplicity, compared to manually operated window shades.

Commercial Window Treatment Ideas

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Business office Shading

Business office Shading

Commercial decorating can be challenging, especially in an office environment, but decorating and adding window treatments can help transform your workspace to portray a certain message (if that’s what you’re trying to do). There are a few different options and ideas to consider for your office space:

Modern/Contemporary Look: It has become more common for offices to go with the modern look. Any contemporary look which makes your space feel more fresh. Modern window treatments can be anything from roller shades to folding shades and beyond. What many commercial properties are doing, especially in New York City is incorporating motorized roller shades into their offices. Since many building in NYC have glass walls, this brings in a lot of light (and heat). Roller shades are a great option for solar control and give the clean, minimal look modern styles are after.  Using a seamless, motorized roller shade against your glass windows gives a contemporary, clean, business-like feel to your office. There are many options, styles and fabrics available if you’re looking to customize as well. More recently, many manufacturers have begun offering “green” fabrics as well.

Depending on your commercial space, you can really choose from any window treatment, but motorized shades have become very popular over the last few years. Motorized shades are very convenient and can allow you to open and close your window treatments at the touch of a button. Luckily, most window treatments, including roller shades, blackout shades and others shades offer that customizable option.

Blackout: Many museums, universities and other large businesses have chosen partial offices and spaces to use blackout shades. Hotels also customize their draperies to include a blackout panel as well. Commercial blackout shades are used throughout business across the country, and are very popular in NYC spaces. Depending on our business “look” and style, choose from a variety of window treatments including draperies, honeycomb shades, folding shades and more.

Motorized Shades for Business Offices

Posted: Friday, August 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Green shading, interior design, motorized window treatments, natural light, Roller Shades
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Motorized shades

Motorized shades

Motorized shades are great for any office space. They are even great additions for public areas in office buildings, such as the conference room, the cafeteria or the boardroom. Motorized roller shades make a great window treatment option for many solar control applications. Since roller shades are very “clean cut,” they go well aesthetically with most office spaces.

The idea of using motorized roller shades comes in handy for any areas that aren’t easily reachable, which is why we mentioned the large, public spaces above. Having motorized shades, where they are operational through a remote, can be problem solving for everyone.

If you’re looking for roller shades for reasons other than solar control, there are many fabric choices and options available. Many use roller shades for solar protection, privacy reasons/blackout options or as screens in their conference rooms. With the manufacturer options and the wide variety of choices, it’s easy to customize your order and maximize the flexibility of your roller shades.

Control your roller shades with the touch of a button or enjoy a classic, stainless steel pull chain for manual operation. All shades, no matter the fabric can be customized for aesthetic and function preferences.

There are many other window treatment options that can be customized with a motorized operational system too. If you’re looking for honeycomb shades, draperies or another type of window treatment, chances are that they are available in a motorized option. With the variety of fabric choices available, there’s no doubt you can customize your window treatments to match you work atmosphere. Many window shade manufacturers now offer “green” fabrics as well, so if you’re energy efficient or look to save on energy costs, eco-friendly fabrics are always an option!

Retractable Awnings Make Your Deck Comfortable During Summer

Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2012 | Filed under: exterior shades, Home cooling, modern window treatments, retractable awnings, Shading systems
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Retractable Awnings for Decks

Retractable Awnings for Decks

Many people like to enjoy the summer weather, but can’t stand the sit in the direct sunlight. The sun can give off a significant amount of heat and if you’re trying to lounge on your deck after a long day of work, chances are the heat won’t be comforting. Retractable awnings are a great way to enjoy the weather without being scolded by the sun.

Retractable awnings can be installed in a variety of exterior areas including decks, balconies, patios, cabanas and other outdoor spaces. Depending on your space, you can customize your awning to your liking.

Whether manual or motorized, you can adjust the shades to any angle you desire, depending on if you’re looking for protection from the sun or rain. Motorized retractable awnings can be linked to timers and can automatically retract according to sensors or timers. They can also be manually controlled or with the touch of a button.  Believe it or not, since motorized shades don’t require a fixed frame, they are easier to install than fixed awnings.

Aside from the increased comfort outdoors, retractable awnings can also protect again rain and other weather conditions as well as reduce the amount of heat entering your home, ultimately affecting your air conditioning and energy bills. These shads also cut the amount of glare coming through glass windows.

Retractable awnings can be a beautiful addition to your home as they are customizable. With the wide selection of styles and fabrics to choose from, you can custom design your retractable awnings to match your décor. No matter the size or location of your outdoor space, retractable awnings can be great solutions to avoid summer heat.