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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gone are the days when blinds could only be found in white, off-white or other neutral colors. Today, blinds can be purchased in a range of colors. But with all the choices, it can be difficult to decide what color to choose. Though there are no set rules for choosing the color of a blind, there are some different methods that designers use to choose the right color.
When choosing the color of paint or other wall covering for a room, the general rule is that smaller spaces should be painted with a lighter color that can help the room feel larger. This rule also works well as a general rule for window blinds, larger spaces are better for darker colors, while smaller spaces look better with lighter colors.
In rooms with brightly colored or wood stained window trims, the trim color is an important consideration. In cases where the trim is brightly colored, it is usually a good idea for the blinds to match the trim or at least be a shade of the same basic color. In fact, blinds with a dark color that complement the window trim can give the room a dramatic look. However, blind color does not have to be dictated by the color of the trim, but it is important to make sure the window trim and blind colors do not clash with each other.
Though there are many different choices, blinds in soft off-white colors are still very popular. These colors match a variety of colors and can complement virtually any furniture and furnishings. Neutral colors can be a good choice for those who frequently change their décor and who want to keep the same blinds for many years. Neutral colors are also less likely to show small amounts of dust or dirt than bright colors.
If there is a feature of a room that is unlikely to change, a homeowner could decide to match the blinds to that feature. For example, a stone fireplace or rustic hardwood floor is unlikely to be removed from a room. In this case, the blinds could be matched to the feature. As the furniture or wall color in the room changes, the blinds would still work as they complement the primary feature in the room.
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