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Clean Windows | Birds Crashing into Windows

One of the news stories this week gives a suggestion of 5 ways to prevent birds from crashing into your windows.  Sadly...

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One of the news stories this week gives a suggestion of 5 ways to prevent birds from crashing into y...

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Clean Windows | Birds Crashing into Windows

One of the news stories this week gives a suggestion of 5 ways to prevent birds from crashing into your windows.  Sadly only two of these options make any sense to us here at All About Blinds and Shutters.  If you followed their advice you’d have dirty windows covered in fodder.  We know you’d rather have clean windows that look radiant enough for a bird to try and crash through them. We also know you don’t want to hurt birds. So here’s our take on the news. Continue reading “Clean Windows | Birds Crashing into Windows”

Where To Get Blinds and Shutters in Mesa

Most often blind or shutter replacements are on the list of home improvements. The variety of choices can make it diffic...

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shutters in Mesa

Most often blind or shutter replacements are on the list of home improvements. The variety of choice...

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Where To Get Blinds and Shutters in Mesa

Most often blind or shutter replacements are on the list of home improvements. The variety of choices can make it difficult to choose the more suitable option for you. Luckily those of us at Mesa’s All About Blinds and Shutters, and articles like this to help you find the best thing for you. Read to learn where to find the best Shutters in Mesa. Continue reading “Where To Get Blinds and Shutters in Mesa”

Sheer Blinds

Sheer Blinds Sheer Blinds are an Elegant Combination of Curtain and Blinds You may have never seen Sheer Blinds befor...

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Sheer Blinds Sheer Blinds are an Elegant Combination of Curtain and Blinds You may have never see...

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Sheer Blinds

Sheer Blinds

Sheer Blinds are an Elegant Combination of Curtain and Blinds

You may have never seen Sheer Blinds before.  They have the elegance of a sheer curtain with the privacy control of a blind. Imagine a sheer curtain attached gently to either side of your blinds.  Naturally everyone will be imagining something different at this point because there are many varieties of blinds and curtains.  So too are there many varieties of sheer blinds.  They can come in various colors and transparencies.  Some people use them as blackout blinds while others go for a much lighter look allowing as much sunlight to get through as possible.  You can control the blind portion to allow extra light in anytime.  Because of the sheer people standing out by the sidewalk won’t be able to see into the house well unless the lighting is just right inside the house.  That means that it does give a feeling of being able to see out while others cannot see in.  However, be careful with that illusion.  Unless the blind portion is shut people may still be able to see in.  sheer blinds

Common materials for the sheer portion are silk, satin, cotton lace, and loosely woven polyester.  Because the lighting is easy to control these are great blinds for plants.  Plants often need a specific amount of sunlight to thrive.  With sheer blinds you can control and provide the right balance.  That said, these are not the best material for insulation control unless you opt for rather thick sheer blinds.  However, they are easy to match with your decorating.  They come in a large variety of colors.  Every manufacturer offers different colors.  So you should be able to find one that matches your home.

These are easy to wash in simple soap and water.  Then just rinse and dry.  But depending on what they’re made of the sheer nature means a more fragile weave.  In other words, don’t wash them too often or you may degrade the fabric (again depending on the chosen fabric).

The great thing about blinds and shutters is the ability to choose.   You can customize everything about your windows.  Call All About Blinds and Shutters to customize your perfect window today: 602) 418-1429 ‎

Roman Shades

Roman Shades The 411 on Roman Shades Roman Shades actually started in Rome.  Back then they were little more than b...

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Roman Blinds

Roman Shades The 411 on Roman Shades Roman Shades actually started in Rome.  Back then they wer...

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Roman Shades

Roman Shades

The 411 on Roman Shades

Roman Shades actually started in Rome.  Back then they were little more than bunched up cloth on the window.  What’s interesting is that they had a different purpose than we usually think about with blinds and shades.  The goal of roman shades wasn’t about insulation as much as it was about dust.  The Romans were going through an industrial age of sorts.  They were building.  Specifically they were building with Stone.  We’re talking about enormous buildings such as the Colosseum.  That much stone construction created a lot of dust in the city.  As a result, Romans began to create what we now call roman shades to keep out the dust.  The folds of the thick cloth helped to catch the dust.Roman Blinds

Today’s roman shades come in two styles, flat and cuffed “aka curved”.  The basic structure is the same.  You have cloth that is pulled from the bottom up causing the cloth to fold on itself as the shade is raised.  What those folds look like determines if it’s flat or cuffed.  If the shade looks like multiple parallel folds on top of one another it is referred to as flat.  If the blind folds up a little more haphazardly its considered cuffed.  The cuffed shade is wavy and the folds just flop all over.  Instead of the rigid structure of the flat shade, the cuffed shade is more casual.Roman Blinds

Roman shades can come in varying materials and colors of course.  Very thin cloth is called a “veil blind” while very thick cloth works as a blackout blind.  They also vary in terms of installation.  There are do-it-yourself kits you can buy and put them together yourself, you could start from scratch, or you can have them professionally installed.Roman Blinds

Finally, let’s learn how to clean these shades.  They are great at getting the dust out of a room.  that means you’ll need to get the dust off of them.  You could use a feather duster, but that would just knock the dust back into the house.  You’d do better to take the shades down and shake them off outside. Because these blinds are cloth the method of washing and stain removal is varied.  The best advice we can give here is to know what material you’re dealing with and look up best cleaning methods of that particular material.  For example, cotton could just go in the washer.  Where as silk would need a hand wash cycle.  So be conscious of what material you have.  You may opt to have your blinds dry cleaned.

Roman Shades add a neoclassic look to any home.  If your home has columns or uses a lot of regal colors you should really consider roman blinds for your home.  If you’d like professional consultation call us today at 602.418.1429

 

Solar Shades

Solar Shades AKA Solar Screens or Sun Screens If you’re thinking about solar shades it’s probably for one of three...

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Solar Shades AKA Solar Screens or Sun Screens If you’re thinking about solar shades it’s proba...

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Solar Shades

Solar Shades

AKA Solar Screens or Sun Screens

If you’re thinking about solar shades it’s probably for one of three reasons: 1) reduce glare coming through a window,2)  reduce heat coming into the house, or 3) cut costs on AC.

If your goal is to reduce the glare I suggest getting a dark colored inside solar shade with a tight weave.  Reducing glare is about blocking out the light more than the heat.  The darker colored shade will make the house a little hotter, but the tight weave and having the shade outside will make up for this.  The dark color helps to block out more light than a light colored shade.  And the tighter the weave the less light will come through.  Tightness of a weave on a shade is measured in openness percentage with 0% being no light coming through.  If you want to be able to see outside and you’re not going for a totally dark room you may want to up the openness percentage to something higher like 10-25%.  When it comes to glare, shades are better than blinds because they don’t have the beams of lights coming in between blinds.  There is considerable more privacy while still allowing you to see out through shades.  People who are trying to reduce glare are doing it because light coming into the house will bounce off of glass surfaces, like the TV, making it difficult to see. The amount of light coming in is referred to as the shading coefficient.solar2

Now if your primary goal is to reduce heat I would go with a tight weave, light color, outside the home.  The lighter color better reflects the sunlight helping the house to stay cool.  You can have shades inside the home, but outside shades better reflecting heat.  Outside shades should be able to reduce heat in the range of 80%-90% while indoor shades can only get up to 70%.  The reason has to do with the sun hitting the glass and coming into the house, and then hitting the shade.  By this point the heat is in the house and being trapped between the shade and the glass.  However, an outside shade stops the heat from entering in the first place.  Less heat can mean a cooler room and more comfortable work conditions for a business or home.  The tighter the weave the more heat block.  If you want to see the outside view more, you simply raise the openness percentage of the weave.  You can limit heat gain by up to 90% with outside solar shades.  You’re not just reducing heat and glare.  You’re also reducing UV radiation which flashes the color out of your furniture and carpet.solar1

If your primary goal is to reduce cost, then you’re going to want to follow the rules of heat reduction: tight weave, light color, outside home.  Why? Because the less heat that comes in the home the less you pay on your AC bill to cool the home back down.  In this way a solar shade can pay for itself.  As shades go, solar shades are relatively cheap.  However, the outside/ more effective shades are a little more expensive.  It’s worth the difference in price for the long term money saving in the long run.  A common mistake here is that people will find a deal on solar shades which they install outside their home.  You’re thinking, isn’t that what you told me to do?  Well, yes and no.  What I mean is they find inside shades and install them outside.  Being fooled by the cheaper prices they think they’re getting a deal.  However, outside shades are specifically needed because they are made of more durable materials.  The outside shades must deal with the elements.  They’re easier to clean and simple to use and take very little maintenance.  So make sure you’re getting an outside shade for your outside solar screen. Also, outside shades don’t change the look of your home whereas inside shades are a part of the decorating.solar3

Finally the appearance of these types of shades.  They usually roll up from the bottom into a nice tight roll at the top of the window.  They can be motorized for tall buildings, large windows, or just if you want to be able to remotely open them without going outside.  They’re very easy to operate.  If you live in AZ this may be one of the first types of money saving shades you consider.  Call us today to learn more about your options at 602-418-1429.