Here you can find a variety of useful answers to some of the many common questions people tend to ask about blinds and shades. The world of window coverings is vast and varied, so if you need more extensive information, you can always schedule a free consultation and have an expert sit down with you face to face.
Can roller shades provide complete blackout?
Roller shades can provide blackout conditions if the right fabric is selected if it's fitted correctly and completely covers the window. A standard set of roller shades will let the light in through the gaps on the sides and between the top and the mounting hardware, so if you wanted complete darkness, the shades should be custom made, have side channels and mounted by an experienced professional. Blackout fabric for roller shades has vinyl backing and can come in a range of solid colors and textured patterns. And let's not forget that the motorized option is also available.
What are the best motorized blinds?
Motorized and smart blinds are becoming very popular, integrating your window treatments into your overall smart home connectivity. Some of the best options on the market today are Somfy and Lutron’s smart systems. Somfy’s most up-to-date innovation is the use of Z-Wave technology and the inclusion of voice control and Sonesse quiet motors. Most of their systems are fully programmable and include solar sensors for light-based operation. Lutron has products that many refer to as the “next generation of shading technology”, and they provide similar options while integrating the motorized blinds with the lighting controls.
What are the pros and cons of cellular shades?
Cellular shades, or Honeycomb blinds as they're sometimes referred to, are designed to block or filter light by trapping air and creating a barrier between the window and the room. As such, they provide a high level of insulation, blocking the heat in the summer and the cold air in the winter; they darken the room for increased privacy, and block external noise. Their multifaceted cellular structure gives them an unusual and eye-catching look, and while they're harder to clean, they're an excellent choice for those looking to add some special décor to a room.