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.
Temperatures are still mild in Victorville this time of year, and it can be easy to forget about the summer heat ahead. Summertime heat means energy costs for air conditioning and cooling, and window coverings can make a big difference in keeping energy bills down. The right blind, drape, or shutter can significantly reduce heat gain through windows in the summer, as well as keep the building warmer in winter.
How Window Treatments Block Victorville Summer Heat
Slatted blinds can also be used to focus strong sunlight upward toward a light colored ceiling, creating a cool and glare-free reflected light source in the room during the day.
To maximize heat loss or gain through a drape-covered window, the drapery should be installed as near as possible to the window. A cornice at the top of the drape gives added protection against hot or cold air moving from the window into the room. When the sides of drapes are sealed against the wall with magnetic strips and the drapes are overlapped in the middle, you can achieve the maximum energy savings.
Also, draperies, shutters, and blinds only help control heat if they are opened and closed at the right time of day. If no one is home to do this manually, automatic blinds can solve the problem by closing and opening on a pre-programmed schedule or whenever you like through control through a smartphone.
If you are looking for a covering for a patio door or wide window and you do not want a vertical blind, a sliding panel track blind may be the solution to your problem. These versatile and attractive blinds also work well as room dividers.
Sliding Panel Track Blinds in Victorville
Sliding track blinds are available in several fabrics and frame material styles including Roman and Roller Shades, Natural Shade materials, and Solar Shade fabrics. Each fabric type has its own best use, its own special characteristics, and its own unique aesthetic effect.
All sliding track blinds come with a newly designed track made from no-rust aluminum. You can select the number of tracks you need to fit your rooms. Moving panels are set in front of stationary panels, making for greater ease in opening and closing and providing maximum clearance of windows.
To learn more about how sliding panel track blinds can enhance your home or business in the Victorville area, contact Express Blinds & More.
When designing your curtains or other window coverings for an oversized window, the process of measuring can often time make or break the whole process. Depending on the direction the house is sitting, the need for oversized window coverings could be very great due to the massive amounts of sunlight shining through.
How to Take Window Measurements
Before you begin the task of ordering curtains, it is important to make sure the measurements are recorded to assure the perfect length that will cover the entire window, so that your contractor will have the adequate dimensions.
The first step to accurately find out how large your window is to gather your supplies: a sturdy tape measure, a ladder, a piece of paper to write your measurements down, and a friend (or husband) to assist.
Measuring from the bottom windowsill to the top of the window can be more tricky (due to the height of the large window), but you just need to make sure your tape measure is completely vertical and not slanting one way or another. Stand on the ladder to support the tape measure half way through and have your friend hold it at the base of the window to keep it as straight as possible. Once you have the measurement, you are safe to write it down. The horizontal measurement is much more simple to acquire and does not demand the use of a ladder. Have one person on either side of the window and stretch the tape measure across the width of it.
Just like paints, blinds, curtains or shades are perfect when making a leading change in each room in your home. Their benefits are usually overlooked especially during a renovation. This is because the most prominent themes that are explored are a revamp of all the floors or repainting the walls. However, blinds and curtains are equally important because they add an atmosphere, modify the temperature, and add softness and energy efficiency.
Living and lounge area
Curtains have always been a preferred and relaxed option for many since they decorate the room and can reflect any preference and style. However, today blinds are also being considered as excellent choices because of their increasing flexibility. They are versatile with function, look, privacy, control over light and energy saving properties.
Selecting a window dressing that offers a great look and stands up to the arduous kitchen demands is very paramount. Blinds tend to be a better option for kitchen windows since they are easy to clean, easy to use and can be easily removed in case of an emergency. Venetian blinds are mostly used in kitchens. Even though blinds are preferred, one can also get a sheer curtain mainly for softening the connection between the inside and outside.
Curtains are also suitable for bedrooms even though nowadays blinds are becoming more popular. People with smaller bedrooms can add the height and depth by mounting Roman or timber blinds below the ceiling. For nurseries, workers or individuals who prefer a dark room during the night, blackout roller blinds or blackout curtains are a great idea. Use curtains for the bedrooms that are occupied by kids as they are useful when kids are playing games like hide and seek.
Whether your window treatments are shades or curtains, you will notice over time that dust collects on them as well as larger dirt particles and pet hair (if you have pets.)
Dust is one of the worst allergens; it can make people who don’t even suffer from allergies sneeze. Therefore, when cleaning off the dust from your blinds and curtains, it is recommended that you wear a paper mask to prevent breathing it in, especially if there is a lot of dust to clean.
Your curtains play an essential role in the overall atmosphere of the rooms in your home. Choosing the right window treatment can be challenging. You have to consider for example the color of your curtains and whether or not they will match your furniture and carpeting. With a combination of other factors, curtains can have a unique way of transforming a room.
Some homeowners use the phrase curtains and drapes interchangeably, but these are two different window treatment options. High Desert residents who are hoping to add new window treatments to their home should understand both the differences and similarities between these two types of window coverings. Continue reading “Curtains Vs. Drapes” »
When it comes to choosing window treatments for your High Desert home, picking a color and fabric is only the first step of the process. After you decide on shutters or drapes for your home, you will want to create the right look with these window treatments. Continue reading “Drapery Styling Tips 101” »
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