Whether your home has a view of the Tri-Valley, Mt. Diablo, or one of your neighbors, Bay Area residents love their windows and views. The natural light that we have access to most of the year due to our weather allows us the luxury of capturing a lot of sun and daylight. However, many of us need our privacy or the ability to keep our energy costs low by protecting our home from the heat in the summer or the dreary rainy days in the winter. As a result, most of us commonly use a combination of shutters, blinds, and draperies for window coverings. These provide us with home decoration, security, and energy conversation.
This is at least how we used to think of things. Nowadays, our view of window coverings has been technologized. We no longer think about blinds and draperies as merely instruments that we have to use those old strings or sticks to move around. We have access to controlling these through our phones, tablets, and other electronics. We can even program them to adjust based on the time of day similar to your heating and AC.
So what are some of the things to keep in mind for window decorations and coverings:
Save Energy and Protect Belongings
Windows shades are considered one of the easiest ways to save of energy use. Shutters, blinds, and shades provide protection from light, heat, and cold. Motorized shades give homeowners the ability to quickly, and conveniently, raise and lower shades to attain the desired effect. Such window coverings form a system to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter as it either captures or blocks solar heat. In addition, these same window coverings will protect your belongings in the home from furniture, area rugs, art, and many types of surfaces. With a motorized shade system, this can be controlled remotely so should unexpected weather conditions arise or if you forget, you are able to adjust it accordingly.
Window coverings come in many types of materials, shapes, fabrics, and designs. Thus, it is no longer merely a window shade but also a key accent to your home decor. When looking at options, you usually have different needs for each part of the home. Solar screen shades and blackout shades are the two most popular options to consider, depending on your needs. Some of the most common styles are the following:
Roller Shades – Solar and Blackout – battery powered options available
Horizontal Sheer Blinds – Pairs the soft elegance of a sheer with the precise control of a blind
Pleated Shades – Pleated form of roller shade with crisp, Z-shaped pleats
Honeycomb Shades – Cellular design that adds elegant textures and depth
Wood/Venetian Blinds – Effective way to ensure privacy, while allowing sunlight to filter into the space
Drapery Track System – Provides quiet, motorized, and convenient control of draperies
Vertical Drapery System – Unique design provides great access to windows and views by eliminating the creation of stack back
Roman Shades – Reliable, smooth and virtually silent shade movment
Security & Safety
When window coverings are left unattended, it could signal to a potential criminal that the house is unattended. Utilizing a whole-home windows covering system for simultaneous control of all shades can offer a great solution to solve this. Should you be away for a period of time, this can be used to move the coverings enough to impact the message you are send to individuals observing your home. Motorized shades can be automated to be opened in the morning, and closed in the evening, creating the appearance that a house is occupied. Automated window treatments, combined with preset interior and exterior lighting control, are two excellent security solutions that significantly make a home less vulnerable to a potential burglar.
Managing daylight is not restricted to a single wall station in your home. Shading systems can be controlled using a myriad of keypads, IR remote controls, wireless tabletop controls, or set to an astronomic time clock for automatic adjustment of shades. Motorized shading systems are the perfect compliment to lighting control. Shade control buttons can be integrated into lighting keypads to create the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality.
Consquently, windows coverings have come a long way over the past 10 years. They are now a source of security, comfort, energy conservation, and home decor. We have been in the industry for over 60 years and have seen the modernization of our industry. Contact our experts today for a free in-home consultation.