Blinds, shutters, drapes, and other window treatments add beauty, value, and functionality to your home, and they also have an impact on the quality of indoor air, resulting from the materials they are made from.
Look for the GREENGUARD label on window blinds, shutters, and other products to find out it is made with low-emission materials certified by the GREENGUARD Standards.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program is operated through the company UL Environment, which is a division of Underwriters Laboratory (UL). UL is one of the oldest and largest independent, third-party product testing companies with over 120 years of experience rating products for safety.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program specifically addresses products manufactured for indoor use, testing them for adherence to strict standards for chemical emissions and off-gassing of volatile, synthetic substances. The program tests a wide range of products including window blinds, shutters, drapery, furniture, electronic equipment, cleaning products, and wall and fixture finishes used in indoor environments.
Drapes, blinds, shutters, and awnings available at Express Blinds and More in Victorville are made with GREENGUARD certified materials for safer indoor home and business environments.
GREENGUARD certified window treatment products are manufactured to standards which also follow the guidelines set forth by ASTM Standards, US EPA guidelines, California Department of Public Health Services Practices, and the Blue Angel Program based in Germany.
GREENGUARD Certification originated as a set of specifications for the US EPA and Washington state government purchasing departments when sourcing low-emissions, healthier furnishings and building materials for their offices.
Since then, GREENGUARD has become the main set of standards used in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system which evaluates buildings for environmental sustainability.
The GREENGUARD Certification process involves testing materials in an environment similar to where they will be installed as a marketed product. Over 360 volatile organic compound (VOC) chemicals are tested for during the certification process. GREENGUARD certified products are used in hospitals, medical clinics, and schools due to their high standards for healthy air.
Here are five advantages of window shutters worth considering when you are looking for a replacement for your old drapes, blinds, or curtains.
Window shutters are made with strong and durable materials, and this means when you install them you will not need to replace them for a long time. When installed correctly, window shutters keep on working, freeing you from the hassles of repairs and replacement.
Blinds, curtains, and drapes are usually operated with strings, and strings pose a potential safety hazard. Children and pets can become entangled in drapery strings, but this is not a problem with shutters.
Because shutters are solid and close with a latch, they also add an additional layer of protection against intrusion from outside.
Louvered shutters allow you to adjust the amount of light entering the room, and you can also close them all the way and block out all light along with all visibility from the outside, giving you maximum privacy.
Well-made shutters can lower your energy bills in both summer and winter by providing extra insulation to the window.
The insulating effect of shutters can be an especially big advantage in the High Desert region with fierce summer temperatures and sun and cold and windy winters.
Window shutters do not fade in sunlight, so their original beauty lasts on and on. They also have an enduring style and look up-to-date over the years. Shutters look good from the outside of the window, too.
Shutters are a long-lasting window treatment option and are also safe, private, energy efficient, and attractive.
Come by Express Blinds and More in Victorville and browse our extensive collection of window shutters.
Everyone loves pandas, and pandas love bamboo. But bamboo is also an exceptional material for making window shades and blinds, and there are several reasons for this.
Bamboo is a type of fast growing grass native to Asia and grown widely as an introduced plant in many other parts of the world. There are hundreds of different species of bamboo, and each one has different qualities, looks, and uses. One use is in making attractive window coverings.
Because bamboo is a natural material, it adds a special element of earthy décor to a living space. Bamboo naturally comes in many shades of brown, black, and golden tones, and it can also be treated for achieving brighter colors.
Shades and blinds made with bamboo come in a wide variety of styles and designs from simple, round rods to broad strips to complex woven patterns. There is a style of bamboo shade for just about every room including kitchens, bedrooms, offices, dining rooms, and even bathrooms.
Bamboo is one of the strongest wood products available, even though it comes from the humble grass family. This strength makes bamboo shades long-lasting and durable, as long as they are maintained properly.
Window shades and blinds made with bamboo are among the most economical and cost-effective on the market. The fact that bamboo is a fast-growing, natural, and ecologically sustainable wood product makes it less costly to produce, resulting in a reasonable price for consumers.
Another plus for bamboo shades is that they are available with cordless opening devices. This style of invisible opener is free from strings and cords, which may take away from the otherwise simple elegance of this type of window covering.
To find out more about bamboo window coverings, contact Express Blinds & More in Victorville, California.
Window treatments include all types of blinds, shades, drapes, and awnings. Working with a professional window treatment specialist has many advantages when you are ready to upgrade these features in a home or business.
Installing new coverings on windows is an exciting project which can bring new life to the look of your home or business. Installing the right window treatment can also save you money on heating and cooling bills.
Because of all the excitement in making these kinds of improvements, it can be tempting to think this is an easy, do-it-yourself project, but this is not necessarily so.
In the past, the options for window treatments were much more limited. Drapes and curtains came in a limited selection of colors, styles, and brands, and the range of options for window blinds was even more restricted.
If you do not know all the options available, and the pros and cons of each, making a costly mistake becomes more likely when choosing a new window treatment for your home or business.
This is why working with a window treatment specialist like Blinds Express & More, Inc. in Victorville and can save you both time and money.
Contact Blinds Express & More for a consultation today, and avail yourself of all the possibilities for saving on new window treatments for your home or business.
The High Desert is loved for its abundance of sunshine and warm days. In summer, high temperatures and blazing heat are also part of the mix.
There are many brands of motorized shades available in all types of fabric and designs. Motorized window coverings use a small motor and a special track for allowing the automatic opening and closing of the curtain with a remote control or a programmable device.
Once installed, a motorized drape allows you to open or close the curtains from the comfort of the couch, or from a coffee shop across town.
Programmable motorized drape openers let you set the time of day when you want the curtains to open and close. This is useful for preventing the sunshine from coming in through a window and heating the room during the day, or for keeping the room warmer at night.
Programmable automatic curtains also provide increased security when you are away from home by making it look like someone is home opening and closing the curtains.
Some of the other benefits from having curtains that open and close themselves are:
Lower energy bills for heating and cooling are another big benefit of installing motorized, programmable drapes and curtains in your home. When window coverings are opened and closed at the right time of day to prevent heat transfer from outside, you can reduce your energy bills by as much as 10 percent.
Contact Express Blinds & More in Victorville for more ideas on installing motorized drapes and curtains in your High Desert home or business.
Awnings are known for creating shade, but these retractable outdoor coverings can do more than just provide a place out of the sun on the patio. Here are other ways installing a shade awning can improve life in and around your home or business.
By creating shade, an outdoor awning expands the usable space around the building for many activities during the summer, like eating and relaxing with friends outdoors or a creating a comfortable lunch area for employees. A shade awning in the High Desert area can also make outdoor living more comfortable in winter when warm days or glare make being outside in the sun uncomfortable. Some fabrics can withstand light rain, although awnings should always be complete dry before being retracted.
It might be less obvious, but an awning can also be good for your health – if it gets you outdoors into a safe and comfortable location to enjoy fresh air and nature. Temperatures in the shade are often as much as 15ºF lower than in full sun, and this can make the difference between a comfortable outdoor location and one that is intolerable in the summertime heat of Victorville.
Awnings also protect the inside of the house in two ways. First, when open and located in front of sliding doors or large windows, they block UV rays from damaging furniture, rugs, hardwood floors, and artwork. Also, when carefully placed for maximum solar protection, awnings can improve the building’s energy efficiency and lower air conditioning costs.
Sliding glass doors are especially vulnerable to heat exchange, letting summer heat seep into a home. An awning outside a sliding glass door can create a pleasing and usable outdoor space and make a significant contribution to reducing air conditioning bills.
For more information on installing an awning at your High Desert home or business, contact Express Blinds & More.
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.
Shade awnings, available through Blinds Express Inc., are rugged and durable and do not usually require much maintenance, as long as they are used correctly. However, there are a few ways of caring for a shade awning which increases the useful life of the product and assures its trouble-free operation.
Opening and Closing the Awning
If your awning opens with a manual hand crank, make sure that the crank is always turned gently with the handle held in line with the eyelet. If the awning starts to sag as it is opened, retract it until the fabric tightens up again.
The arms that hold the awning open should never be fully straightened when opening. Attempting to open an awning past the gear stop to straighten the arms can cause damage to the gear and the arms. It is possible to install a stop to prevent accidental over-extension on manually retractable awnings.
Caring for Awning Fabric
Awnings are made with water resistant fabric, but seams can hold moisture longer than the surface of the fabric. Retracting an awning before it gets wet is the best way of preventing rot and mildew problems, but sometimes it is not possible to do.
For help with installation and care of a shade creating awning at your High Desert home or business, contact the experienced staff at Express Blinds Inc.
If you are thinking of installing new drapes, shades, or blinds you may also be wondering what it takes to keep window covering like these clean. Window treatments add aesthetic style, texture, and color to an environment, along with increased temperature control and privacy, but they also require occasional care to keep looking their best. This does not have to be a giant chore, especially if it is done on a regular schedule.
Keeping Shades, Blinds, and Drapes Clean
One way of handling cleaning of window coverings is by using a professional cleaning service. Many companies in the High Desert and Victorville area specialize in cleaning window coverings, including carpet cleaning and general housekeeping businesses. Regular service by one of these professionals is a simple solution for always having blinds, shades, and drapes looking their best, but the price tag is not in everyone’s budget.
Keeping window covering looking good on your own does not have to be a daunting task. Blending this task into your existing weekly and monthly cleaning schedules is the best way of getting it done. Depending on what type of window coverings you have, the most important cleaning supplies needed are;
For any window covering, start by checking and following the product manufacture’s cleaning instructions. You can also consult with an expert and Express Blinds and More for more detailed information on how best to care for your window coverings.
Curtains and drapes made of cotton, nylon, and polyester are usually machine washable. Most can be washed in warm water on the gentle setting and then dried on low heat until warm but not completely dry. Remove immediately from the dryer and hang to avoid ironing.
When dusting or wiping down blinds and shades, open them and start at the top and work down. A feather duster is often all that is needed. Use a damp cloth if there is a build-up of dust, and let the blinds dry completely before closing.
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