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What Are Clutch Mechanisms in Window Shades?

Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Blockout shades, Solar Shades, window shading
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P1050337Have you ever seen window blinds that have been lowered, but they’re not completely horizontal? They’re just a little bit off, just a little bit angled, which can ruin the look of your window treatments, and if you’re sensitive to things being out of place can be very annoying? As cheap window blinds age, they may become more difficult to raise and lower to a level position, and if you experience this window blind problem, you’re likely interested in eliminating it once and for all. (And keep in mind that sometimes window blinds just don’t get level at all, which you may have stopped noticing, but visitors to your home notice right away!) Read more »

How to Make Old Windows more Energy Efficient

Posted: Friday, September 27th, 2013 | Filed under: Blockout shades, drapery systems, Green shading, Remodeling
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Motorized Skylight Shades

Window replacement and maintenance are often the most overlooked project when considering home improvement. Purchasing Baltimore window replacements and installing more energy efficient windows is one way to ensure that the windows of a home are up to par and conserving the most energy. However, window replacements are not always necessary and in some historic districts there can be some very strict guidelines pertaining to what can and cannot be done to structures. There are several methods that homeowners can use to help older models become more energy efficient windows. A homeowner will most likely need to invest some money as well as some time in restoring the windows. Older windows can be repaired and updated whereas some of the newer window units are more difficult to repair or update. Here are a few things that homeowners can do to make their old windows more energy efficient. Read more »

Trends in Technology for Windows and Shades

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Lutron Shades

Technology is growing by leaps in bounds in all areas of industry, and that includes the new technology being developed for the window and shading industry.  That iPhone you are holding isn’t just for Facebook chatting anymore – with a few more apps you can control most of the electronics in your home, and that includes the beautiful Lutron shades you have been looking to install.

People may have a tendency to think about lighting in terms of actual light fixtures, but the sun and moon provide the most natural light for our homes and offices, and electronic control systems allow us to easily regulate that light no matter where we are. Read more »

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.

What Are Privacy Shades?

Posted: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | Filed under: Blockout shades, natural light, privacy window treatments, Roller Shades, Roman shades
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Privacy Shades

Privacy Shades

One version of roller shades that have become quite common, especially in the New York City area are privacy shades. Privacy shades allow you to control the view from outside in. Not only can privacy shades be installed as window treatments, but also they can serve as a divider in your home.

Privacy shades are installed as a solution to shield others from seeing into your space, not necessarily for solar protection. Although there are other roller shades that provide solar protection and privacy, such as room darkening shades or blackout shades. Depending on the opacity of the fabric and material of the shade you have privacy and light control options. Obviously, the darker the fabric color, the less chance people will see throughout your shades.

Privacy shades can be installed in commercial or residential spaces. Many offices have conference rooms or executive offices that are in need of privacy at times. Privacy shades are a great solution and make great window treatments for the home or office. If you customized your roller shade fabric to include a privacy shades fabric, you can achieve both privacy and sun control!

If you’re looking for a complete blackout or room darkening shade, consider a different solar solution. Blackout fabric is often found in different roller shades and can block up to 99% of visible light from entering a room. Some fabrics can also block noise as well, which is a common request amongst New York City residents.

The most common privacy shades are used to block outside viewers from seeing in, a simple “wall” in between. If you’re more interested in blocking the light from entering your home or keeping the sun and heat out, consider blockout or room darkening shades. Both are solutions for light and solar control and provide great window treatment options to match your existing décor!