Blinds

Blinds are window coverings made up of stacked slats that can be both tilted and raised/lowered.

Horizontal blinds have slats—or louvers—that are typically connected with cloth tape or with a cord running through a slot near the end of each slat.  The connectors allow the blind to be raised so that the slats stack tightly together at the top of the window. These types of blinds are commonly known as venetian blinds.

Vertical blinds are also available, and are commonly used on terrace or sliding-glass doors. They open and close with pull cords, much like drapes.

Key Benefits
  • Low-cost
  • Improve comfort
  • Effectively block direct solar heat gain and glare
  • Increase privacy
  • Can be useful on any window type
When to Consider Purchasing
  • You have a modest budget
  • You would like more privacy
  • You need better control over your room temperature

Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades are made of pleated fabric that is folded to create “cells” and can be raised and lowered. This means that the fabric that makes up the shade is folded on itself to create cells that trap air and serve as insulation. Cellular shades are available in single-, double- and cell within a cell formats. These shades are designed to fold up like an accordion. This provides maximum adjustability for daylight control, view and privacy.

While cellular shades deliver all the benefits of conventional shades and blinds, they offer better thermal performance. Cellular shades provide extra insulation by trapping air within each cell, as well as between the shade or blind and the window, which is particularly beneficial in colder climates.

Key Benefits
  • Increase privacy
  • Improve comfort
  • Reduce night time heat loss through windows
  • Minimize cold drafts near windows
  • Reduce unwanted daytime solar heat gain through windows during the summer
  • Control daylight
When to Consider Purchasing
  • You are a homeowner or long-term renter
  • You would like more privacy
  • You would like the ability to darken a room
  • Your existing window is either single-glazed or double glazed without low-e

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are made of an accordion-like folded fabrics, and come in an extensive range of fabric selections.

Key Benefits
  • Easy to install
  • Low-cost
  • Widely available
  • Good thermal control
When to Consider Purchasing
  • You have a modest budget
  • You want more privacy
  • You need better control over your room temperature
  • You would like the ability to darken a room

Roller Shades

Roller shades (also called roller-down shades or roller blinds) fit inside the window casing, next to the window sash, and are available in a wide variety of fabrics and weaves. The least expensive and simplest roller shades are typically opaque and are usually installed to darken rooms and provide full privacy. Roller shades offer energy benefits by providing a small amount of insulation (less than fabric curtains), by trapping air and blocking sunlight.

Key Benefits
  • Low-cost
  • Effectively block direct sunlight
  • Improve comfort
  • Increase privacy
When to Consider Purchasing
  • You have a modest budget
  • You want more privacy
  • You want better control over your room temperature
  • You would like the ability to darken a room

Solar Screens

Solar screens can be either fixed in place or operable, and can be installed on either the exterior or interior of your window. Solar screens are great for reducing solar heat gain, UV damage, and glare.

Key Benefits
  • Reduce solar heat gain through the window
  • Reduce glare
  • Provide excellent UV protection
  • One of the most economical solutions to solar heat gain issues
  • Easy to adjust
When to Consider Purchasing
  • When solar heat gain through your window is too much, or when there is an uncomfortable glare
  • When you would like to avoid blocking views with awnings or other window attachments
  • When looking for a more cost-effective solution to window replacements or retrofits
  • To protect interior artwork, furnishings, carpet, etc. from fading

Storm Windows

Storm windows are exterior window attachments that are added to an existing window to protect it from weather. Storm windows also improve energy performance.

There are three basic types of exterior storm windows: triple-track (two operable glass panels and an operable screen), double-track (an operable lower panel and an operable screen) and fixed (one non-operable glass panel). More than 90% of storm windows are aluminum-framed due to the durability of this material, though wood and vinyl storm windows are also available.

High-performance, low-emissivity (low-e) exterior storm windows often have better seal, smoother long-term operation and are significantly better when it comes to energy performance since they increase thermal insulation, reducing heat loss from your home.

Key Benefits
  • Significantly increase air tightness/insulation
  • Protect existing windows
  • Block heat from entering a room
  • Improve comfort
When to Consider Purchasing
  • Your existing windows are in good physical condition but have poor energy and thermal comfort performance
  • Your existing windows do not have a low-e coating
  • You would like to protect your existing windows from outside elements

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