New blinds can dress up your home and can also help you save energy, increase privacy, and control indoor lighting. When buying new blinds, it is important to consider the type of blinds you want and then to measure the window accurately, so they fit properly.
Before you get out the tape measure, decide whether you want the blinds to be mounted inside the window frame or outside.
Inside mounted blinds hang inside the frame of the window, creating sharp, clean lines around the frame, accentuating its shape and size. When considering an inside mounted blind, think about the location and shape of the window and how or whether it has trim around it that you want to expose or conceal.
Inside mounted blinds come with mounting brackets and headrails of different size. If you are installing your blinds inside the window frame, you need to consider how deep the frame is at the top, measured back from the wall to the top of the window, get blinds with a headrail that fits in this dimension, or the headrail will project out beyond the wall.
To measure for inside mounted blinds:
Outside mounted blinds make the window look bigger and can hide damaged or unattractive trim and molding. Outside mounted blinds create more privacy inside and also allow you more control over light levels.
Outside mounted blinds overlap the wall on each side of the window. Add 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) to the width of the window to account for this overlap.
If you live in the High Desert area, you can also contact Express Blinds & More in Victorville and let us measure and install your blinds for you.
You want your home to be safe and secure, and the blinds, drapes, and other window treatments you choose play a role in your home’s security in more ways than one.
When you think of home security, UV rays may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, unless the glass in your windows has a protective UV blocking film, this invisible energy from the sun can penetrate through the glass and do damage indoors, including:
Some types of window treatments are better than others for blocking UV radiation. Hanging drapery with a blackout lining is one way of stopping this kind of damage from UV radiation.
Thermal fabrics for drapes and curtains have the additional benefit of blocking significant amounts of heat transfer, as well as UV rays. You can achieve maximum UV protection from your window treatment by hanging one layer of blackout fabric and a second layer of thermal-fabric backed drape.
Heavy wood shutters are another way of beefing up security on windows. Shutters can be installed inside or outside, but select a shutter designed for the location where it will be installed.
Shutters add security by creating an extra barrier to entry through a window, and they also shut out visibility from outside. Shutters also help save energy and block UV radiation when they are shut.
Thieves are more likely to enter a home if they can see what is inside to steal. Simply installing a curtain or other window covering and closing it at night and when you are away can protect your home and family from a burglary.
Blackout shades add even greater privacy, and if you are not always home to close the shades, consider remote controlled blinds so that you can open or close window coverings anytime, from anywhere.
Drapes and curtains provide comfort and aesthetics inside homes and other buildings, and these large pieces of fabric do need occasional washing. But how often is often enough when it comes to cleaning drapes and curtains?
Under most circumstances, cleaning drapes and curtains is something that only needs to be done once a year. In some settings, drapes and curtains are only removed and cleaned every five years. Here are industry reported averages for how often drapes and curtains are typically removed for washing in different settings:
Keeping drapes and curtains clean by occasionally removing and washing them or sending them to the dry cleaner creates a healthier indoor environment and can improve the life-span of the drape or curtain material.
Drapes and curtains act like large filters over windows, especially when windows are open. These window covering collect dust, pollen, and particles from pollution, which damage the fabric over time. Dust mites and other harmful microorganisms can also take up residence in this environment, affecting the health of people in the home and further damaging the fabric.
Regular dusting or vacuuming of drapes and curtains keeps them clean and reduces how often you need to take them down for washing. Be sure to dust or vacuum both sides of the drapery and to clean the top of valances.
Keep drapes dry by closing windows when there is moisture outside and making sure outdoor sprinklers do not spray moisture through open windows onto the drapes. Moisture on drapes and curtains encourages mold and mildew, reducing the life-span of the material and increasing how often it needs to be washed.
Many people use the words blinds, shades, and shutters interchangeably, but there is a difference between these concepts in window treatments. There are also countless options in all three styles for covering your windows and improving the décor of your home, office, or business.
In general, a blind is made with a series of connected, ridged slats or small panels which can be tilted when the blind is closed to control the light level entering the room. The entire blind can also be raised and lowered to completely cover or expose the window, and the louvered tilting of the slats is independent of the mechanism for raising and lowering the blind.
Slats on blinds can be oriented vertically or horizontally, and some blinds come with an additional fabric layer on one side for more privacy when the blind is closed. Blinds are made from a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and aluminum.
A shade, on the other hand, is made from a solid material which is raised and lowered using a cord, spring, or other mechanism. A shade is either open, closed, or partially opened, where a blind has the additional feature of adjusting the tilt of the slats for even more light control.
Shutters can be made from solid, ridged panels or made with slats which can be fixed in place or adjustable like blinds. Shutters are generally heavier and more substantial looking than blinds.
Shutters are sometimes used on the outside of the windows, but there are also many styles of shutter made for the interior of the house.
What’s best for your home or office? There is no right or wrong when it comes to window treatments. Everything depends on your preferences and situation.
If you are confused about the differences between blinds, shades, and shutters and all the myriad options available in each style, consider a consultation with a window treatment specialist at Express Blinds & More in Victorville.
You can dress up your windows for a reasonable price by using faux wood blinds instead of real wood shutters. Faux wood blinds are window treatments made to look like real wood but actually made from other materials.
These types of shutters offer several advantages over traditional wood blinds and other window coverings.
The biggest advantage of faux wood blinds is in the price tag. Faux wood blinds cost far less than window coverings made entirely from real wood, letting you upgrade the look of your windows for a fraction of the cost.
Faux wood is made from durable materials which are more resistant to humidity, moisture, heat, and light than real wood, making them less likely to warp, distort, or fade over time. The durability of faux wood also extends to their resistance to heat and sun, and their color is more resistant to fading from exposure to light.
The moisture resistant properties of faux wood make them ideal for areas with high humidity, like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas. Faux wood blinds let you enjoy the aesthetic appeal and design options of wooden blinds in areas of your house where real wood might not hold up.
Faux wood window blinds clean easily, and you don’t have to worry about getting them wet or damaging them with the cleaner you use. They are impervious to water and highly resistant to chemicals in cleaners, making maintenance fast, simple, and worry-free.
The choices of color, design, and size of faux wood blinds are vast. You can buy them off the shelf, ready to install or have them custom made to fit any window in your house. Faux wood blinds give you endless possibilities for decorating your home or workspace.
Would you like your patio or deck to be more usable in the sun and the rain? If so, consider the advantages of an awning. Awnings are an awesome way of blocking heat and light from the sun, and they can also provide shelter from the rain.
When you install an awning attached to your house, you instantly create an outdoor space protected from the harsh sun and bright sunlight in your High Desert home.
Many models of awning are retractable, so if you prefer to have the open sky over your head while you are entertaining on the deck or patio, all you need to do is push a button, and the awning effortlessly rolls up and out of the way.
An attractive, high-quality awning also adds value and aesthetic appeal to your home. Dress up your backyard and patio by installing an awesome awning made with tough, long-lasting woven acrylic fabric.
Certain models of SunSetter Motorized Pro awnings also come with a special weather breaker panel mounted in the front. This panel easily unrolls, providing additional protection on the outside edge against rain, wind, and harsh light.
As long as the overhang on your house is at least 7 feet 6 inches above the ground, a new awning can be installed in as little as one to two hours. Awnings can be mounted on almost any type of wall, including wood, vinyl, stucco, and brick.
If the overhang on your eve is lower than 7 feet 6 inches, special roof mounting brackets are available, adding only a small amount of extra time to the installation job.
Most curtains, shades, and blinds allow some light to filter through the fabric into the room, but cellular blackout shades are different.
Cellular shades are also known as honeycomb shades due to their method of construction. This type of window covering is made with one or two layers of fabric assembled in a honeycomb-like pattern, providing extra insulation value and higher levels of light blocking than other shades.
The insulation value of cellular shades is:
The space inside the shade creates an air barrier, blocking the transfer of heat, so the room stays cooler in summer and warmer in winter, similar to how double and triple pane windows work.
The fabric used for cellular shades is softer and more pliable than other types of window treatments, and they are often made from spun polyester, although other fabrics are available.
Cellular blackout shades are a perfect choice in certain situations, including:
Some types of cellular shades provide the option of opening at the top while keeping the bottom closed. This lets you bring in a small amount of sunlight without sacrificing the level of privacy in the room.
When fully opened, cellular shades fold up completely at the top, giving you an unobstructed view from the window. Cellular shades also come with different opening systems, including cordless cellular blinds.
In short, cellular blackout shades are the perfect window treatment option when you want maximum control of privacy and outdoor light levels in a room or a high degree of insulation value.
If you have ever struggled with the cord system on blinds or shades, you may be wondering about cordless window shade options.
Window coverings like shades, blinds, shutters, and drapes are an essential for most windows, providing control of light and glare from outside, privacy, and enhancing the look and feel of a room. But cordless systems for opening and closing shades have both pros and cons.
One of the most common reasons people opt for cordless blinds is having children, elderly, or disabled people in the household. These groups often have trouble operating the cord systems on shades, and there is also the risk of injury, especially for kids who may find the cord an attractive plaything.
Problems with pets and the cords on window coverings also prompts many people to switch to a cordless system. Kitty or the family dog can also see the cord as an enchanting toy, getting tangled and injured or simply wreaking havoc and damaging the shade or cord opener.
Another reason for using a cordless system is appearance. Cordless opening systems for shades are sleek and streamlined, and they work well in situations where the windows are of varying sizes by reducing hardware.
Cordless opening systems for shades operate by pressure on the bottom rail of the shade. This means you have to place your hand on the rail and push in order to open or close the shade. If there is heavy furniture in front of the window, doing this becomes difficult, making an opener with a cord located to the side a better option.
Similarly, windows located high up in the wall cannot be reached for opening and closing the shade using a cordless system.
Window shades of 10 feet (3.1 meters) or wider are heavy enough that a cordless system can’t handle the weight, and a cord operated opener with a single loop of string is recommended for distributing the weight of the shade evenly.
Blinds and shades come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and these differences give you lots of options when buying new window treatments. Before you rush out to buy new blinds, shutters, or drapes, take a little time to ask yourself some questions to help you determine which window treatment is best for your home.
The following questions can help you determine the best type of shade, blind, shutter, or drape for your windows.
For more help in choosing the best shades, blinds, and drapes for your home, talk to the experienced sales staff at Express Blinds in Victorville.
Mini blinds are the perfect window treatment solution for many situations at home or business. Economical, attractive, easy to install, and easy to use, mini blinds can dress up almost any window while providing privacy and control of light at the same time.
Made with especially narrow slats, often only about one inch wide, mini blinds effectively keep the level of light inside just where you want it. The twist of a wand is all you need for adjusting the size of the slat opening, or, you can raise the blind completely, letting in a full window of sunshine.
Mini blinds are constructed with tough and durable materials, including aluminum and wood. This provides them with a strong surface which is easy to keep clean. Simple close the blinds and wipe away dust with a soft cloth or feather duster, or use a mild detergent followed by a fresh water rinse for deeper cleaning.
Mini blinds are a window treatment solution which can fit into almost any budget. Installing mini blinds is among the most economical ways of controlling lighting and privacy in a room.
Mini blinds can fit inside or outside the window frame, so it is important to measure carefully when ordering these types of blinds. But once you have the correct size blind for your window, installing them is simple and fast, requiring only a few simple tools and zero previous experience.
Mini blinds come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials, including wooden slats. You can choose from blinds operated with a ridged wand, a string cord, or even blinds which raise up when you lift the bottom rail.
You can get an extra level of privacy with mini blinds made without route holes which completely cover the widow, blocking out almost all light between the slats and letting you shut out the view completely from outside.
If you are looking for a simple, elegant, and economical solution for covering windows in your High Desert home or business, take a look at what modern mini blinds have to offer.
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