If you have decided to purchase new door and window shades for your home, first consider that there is much more to the process than simply buying any shades that you come across. There are several important factors that must be considered when deciding on shades such as light control, visual impact, window or door shape, insulation and cost. You also have numerous shade styles to choose from like Sheer Shades, Roller Shades, Cellular Shades and Roman Shades, all of which are available at Solar Window Fashions.
The main purpose of shades is to limit and/or adjust the amount of light entering the home, which can raise temperatures, cause glare and fade color. Even with the simple task of light control there are a few important options to consider.
The first light control feature to consider is filtering versus total blackout. Most people choose window treatments that filter the light, but allow some to penetrate. These types of shades are particularly useful in the dining room or kitchen where you need to limit heat and glare, but still desire natural lighting. Shades that almost completely block outside lighting are great for bedrooms or dens where very low lighting is desired.
Next, you want to consider if you want shades, with or without slats. Shades with stationary slats allow a certain amount of light in at all times while adjustable slat shades allow you to better control the entrance of light. Shades without slats control light by manually raising or lowering the entire treatment, such as with Roman or roller shades.
Besides being functional, shades need to also add to the beauty of the home. Therefore, color, texture, designs, lines, brilliance, etc. all have to be considered. All of your window treatments, including shades, should complement and accentuate the surroundings while still serving their functional purposes.
Window or Door Shape
An issue that often goes unrecognized is that of odd-shaped doors and windows. There are standard sized shades that match standard doors and windows. However, many homes today have particularly small, large or tall windows and doors that require shade customization as well as skylights, archways, bay windows, sliding doors, enclosed patios, etc. Old fixer-upper homes can also have exceptionally wide or narrow windows that require customized shades. Solar Window Fashions offer full customization with a 10-day production guarantee.
The role that shades play as insulators has risen significantly in today’s green consciousness movement which is concerned with lessening the home’s carbon footprint and the struggling economy that has made saving energy costs a higher priority. Shades and other quality window treatments do a great deal towards insulating the home by keeping heat or cold out or in depending on the circumstance. Statistically, homeowners spend approximately 25 percent more in energy costs due to loss of heating or cooling through the home’s doors and windows. Shades can help to reduce costs, especially honeycomb or cellular shades which contain cells that increase their insulation properties.
The cost of adding or replacing shades in the home is a major concern for most homeowners trying to maintain budgets. Shoppers should understand that cheaper is not always better and quality is not always expensive.
Solar Window Fashions provides quality shades and other window treatments at deep savings to our customers because you buy direct from our factory. We also beat any comparable price and provide free installation of products ordered through us. Contact us today and get a free in-home consultation and free quote on new door and window shades.