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.
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.
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.
Once you’ve decided that a wood or faux wood window treatment would look best in the rooms in your high desert home, you will then need to make a decision between faux wood blinds, wood blinds, and wood shutters. While the looks of these three options are similar, their functionality can play a major part in your decision.
Features of Wood Blinds
Real wood blinds and wood shutters have many similarities in looks but can function very differently. Wood blinds are made from the most popular hardwoods, and enhance the aesthetics of a home in much the same way as beautiful real wood furnishings.
Wood Shutter Features
Wood shutters are known for enhancing the curb appeal of a home, especially when shutters are featured on all windows that are visible on the front of the home. Shutters are a charming throwback to times past. They can also create a modern look when they feature new styled wider slats.
Preferences Vary By Taste
Your decision between faux wood blinds, real wood blinds or wood shutters is usually based on your personal preference. Experts from Express Blinds and More are happy to advise you on your options and the nuances of each product, and help you make the decision that works best for your home style, and for your personal taste.
Vinyl blinds are the quintessential window treatments for most modern homes. Interior decorators will use it for basic designs because it has a smooth, clean look. When properly maintained, vinyl blinds will provide the neutral aspect that appeals to most home dwellers. This is an excellent quality for agents trying to sell a home, but someone who is a resident may prefer a different look. It is common for an individual to replace vinyl blinds with wood blinds since the texture of wood exudes elegance. If you have an affinity for both, perhaps this info can help you choose between vinyl or wood window coverings. Continue reading “Wooden Blinds – an Excellent Alternative to Basic Vinyl Blinds” »
Blinds are an important element in any High Desert home. Blinds offer privacy and protection, allowing people to feel safe and secure in their own residences. Window blinds also can help control the temperature of a room and improve the energy efficiency of household appliances. Continue reading “Choosing Your Homes Window Blinds” »
Cleaning the blinds can seem like an overwhelming and tedious chore, and many people in the High Desert area are tempted to avoid doing it. However, cleaning your blinds is essential if you want to improve their overall lifespan and enjoy them looking beautiful at all times. Continue reading “Blind Cleaning Tips” »
When people first begin thinking about investing in window treatments for their home, they often think about functionality first. They want to find window treatments for their High Desert home that allows them to keep a room cool and comfortable on a warm day, as well as toasty and cozy on a cool winter day. They want window treatments that will help them shade their home from the Hesperia sun, and they want those treatments to be easy to use. At Blinds Express & More, we also stress the fact that window treatments are an important part of the interior design of a room. Clients who have a home with hardwood floors should choose window treatments that complement their flooring.
What Window Treatments Go Best with Hardwood Floors?
Choose wood blinds that will blend in with the style of the room. Wood blinds carry with them the same elegance that hardwood floors do, which is why they make the ideal choice for a room with hardwood flooring. The wood blinds will accentuate the architecture of the room while also creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. These blinds can be customized and created in a variety of woods, tones and colors. This allows homeowners to design the exact look that they want for their particular room.
Use window valances as they add both height and dimension to the room. Hardwood floors add a classic and timeless touch to any room, so it’s important to carry out this atmosphere with the window treatments. Valances add dimension to the room, and the color of the valances can complement the coloring of the hardwood floors. Fabric colored valances allow the decorator to take into account not only the flooring within the room but also other accent pieces that might be present. At the same time, these window treatments are functional and can help to keep the temperature of the room comfortable at all times.
People who have hardwood floors throughout their homes know that this elegant flooring choice sets their house apart. Hardwood flooring will create a tone and atmosphere for the entire house, and it’s important that people work with their flooring choice as they execute the interior design plan for their home. These window treatments will allow customers to complement their hardwood floors without giving up the functionality that they need and desire. They will end up with the perfect window treatments for their home, their style and their budget.
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