Will price play a key factor in the Decision?

Almost always a factor, price will sometimes lead you to a product that will cost you more grief than whatever you may have saved in dollars. Let’s look at the options. One of the most inexpensive products is aluminum Slimline Venetians. Slimline Venetian blinds offer impressive light and vision control and great value for money but lack the energy efficiency of some of our other blind products which over time could more than offset the initial cost difference. If you’re looking for an inexpensive product for a guest room, rental and short term home ownership then this may be just the thing. If you plan on staying in the home/office for let’s say 5 years or more then consider more than the initial cost of the product.

I’ll list a few of the main product categories from least expensive to most.

  1. Roller Blinds
  2. Vertical Blinds
  3. Smooth polyester, then Embossed polyester Fabric, then Block out
  4. Aluminum Venetian Blinds
  5. Timber Venetians
  6. Sunscreen Roller Blinds

What is the general Décor/Style of the room(s)

Great question! It would not look appropriate to install say verticals in a beautiful old Victorian home. You will also want to consider what the blinds will look like from the outside of the home. Another consideration is the neighborhood itself. If you live in a condominium or have a strict homeowners association (strata title) you may need to check on their guidelines. Most will at least require the blinds or shades to be neutral on the exterior (facing the road).

Here are some general product suggestions:

Contemporary Style Homes
Verticals, Slimline Venetians Blinds, Wooden Venetians, Woodmates, Cellular Blinds, Pleated Shades. Roman shades, sunscreens.

Traditional Style Homes
Cellular blinds, Roman Blinds, Pleated Shades, Roller Blinds, Timber Venetians, sunscreens.

Older & Historical Homes
Roller Blinds, Aluminium and Timber Venetians, Woodmates,

Country Style Homes
Roman Blinds, Roller Blinds, Cellular Blinds, Timber Venetians.

Vacation Homes & Rentals
Roller Blinds, Venetians, Vertical Blinds

 

 

How crucial is energy efficiency of the window treatments?

If you have a east/west facing window you will want to keep the hot weather out, southerly facing windows will require insulation as these windows rarely receive sunshine; but experience the wind chill factor of winter. Some newer homes have well insulated windows but the older homes with single panes of glass can get pretty drafty. Windows that have east and/or west exposure will also have to deal with sun and heat exposure.

If you’re trying to keep the heat and sun out try these:
Sunscreen/Blockout Roller Blinds – If the view is important but the sun is driving you crazy you’ll want to check our Sunscreen Fabrics out. The most popular product for sun control while still offering a view of the outdoors and maintains daytime privacy. If the view isn’t as important try our full blockout Roller Blind fabrics to help insulate your home.

What other product can do this?
Cellular Shades – The most energy efficient product. No rout holes in the fabric so it has a solid fabric face to block out all of the direct sunlight. Traps the air in its pockets and slows the cycling.
Great soft shade in translucent colors or Use the Room Darkening Cellular Shades or Blockout to block even more heat and sun.

 

Have you got close neighbours? What are your privacy concerns?

Only three metres between you and your neighbours? Opposite a busy road? Apartment? Town House? Try one of the products listed below:

Sunscreen Blinds
Whilst in the lowered (closed) position, this product offers great privacy control during daylight, yet enabling you to retain your great view.

Venetian Blinds
Again, great for privacy and control of light and exterior view. Tilt half way closed and you can continue to see outside but people outside can’t see in. Great choice for the front of your home.

Cellular Shades
Total privacy but limited in viewing options. If you add the optional bottom up/top down feature you can lower the shade from the top just enough to have a view yet still have the needed privacy. This addition is highly recommended, and great for high rise applications.

 

Is your window facing a sunny side? Glare on your television? Too much sun when sleeping in?

Plentiful lighting in a room is excellent, at the right time of day. But if I was trying to sleep in on Saturday or watch a football game on the big screen TV or if my baby is waking up early from excessive sunlight in the room then I would want to find a window treatment that does the job.

Blockout Verticals
Blockout Verticals is the best light blocker of all the verticals. This product is deceiving in that it will prevent light translucency through the fabric but still allow light control when you decide you’d like to tilt the slats to control your light situation. Having control of light and view when needed is a real plus here.

Blockout Cellular Shades
This is another excellent product for blocking light. .When you lower these shades be ready for complete darkness. Works best for a baby’s room or master bedroom (especially for those who like to sleep in). You’ll have a hard time telling if it’s day or night when you wake up. Be sure to ask for blockout as these blinds are also very popular as a shade in translucent. Gives a softer finished look.

Blockout Roller Blinds
The polyester material itself does an outstanding job of blocking all of the sun and light; no translucency, however a small gap at both sides will allow some light. One advantage of this product is price. If you’re looking for a value priced product for light blockage this is your cheapest choice.

 

Breathtaking views? How can I maximise the view and minimize the glare loss of privacy?

This is a really popular question. You probably didn’t put that large picture window or sliding glass door in your home just to cover it up, right? Let take a look at some of the options available today.

Sunscreen Blinds
This by far the best choice when trying to maximize the view and minimize the glare and still maintain a fair amount of privacy, particularly during daylight hours.

Vertical Blinds
When rotated closed this product offers excellent privacy and rotated open the fabric facing offers decent glare reduction and some privacy. From the respective angle engaged.

Venetian Blinds
Aluminum and Timber Venetians are ideal for total privacy and light control. These Venetians are quite good because the metal is a great reflector and wood is an ideal insulator.

What if there is a lot of humidity in the room, IE a bathroom?

Bathrooms are always an issue when it comes to humidity, especially if there is a shower and the bathroom is lacking an exhaust vent. Maybe it’s a damp garage or basement? Sun Room or Patio?

Whatever the cause for dampness we have the answers.

Here are the best choices:

Sanitized Vertical Blinds
All of the choices here work great as long as they are 100% polyester; not poly/ cotton blend., and ideally “sanitized” against mould and mildew common in a constant wet area. Vertical Blinds have the added advantage of control of view and lighting in the room.

Timber Venetians
The Cheap As Blinds Oiled Cedar range of Timber Venetians offer great moisture resistance without sacrificing beauty or light control. Because they are oiled they repel the condensation the forms during shower operation. Woodmates or look a like timbers made of a PVC compound designed to eliminate moisture absorption associated with dry timber Venetians. Lacquered timbers are not considered a great choice, as the cord rout holes cannot be sealed, leaving exposed dry timber to soak up the moisture and consequently warp or distort.

Aluminium Venetians
Aluminium Venetians are an excellent choice as the water beads off the aluminium slats. Just be very careful spraying caustic cleaners that can etch into the coating process causing an oxidized look.

 

What treatments stand up best in harsh sunlight?

Most products today fight the elements like harsh sunlight well and offer years of trouble free service. Internal soft products should be polyester not a blend as in poly/cotton, or vinyl, or plastic that is not uv stabilized. Beware these imitations they usually have a cheap price tag and a very short shelf life Two or three years if you’re lucky. But there are some unique advantages to each of the blinds listed below.

Awnings

Blockout Vertical Blinds
All of the Blockout Vertical Blinds are an excellent choice for blocking intense sun and heat. You can actually feel the temperature drop in the room as soon as they are closed if the sun was beaming in.

Polyester Roller Blinds
Out of these three choices this one is the cheapest but is also effective for the first three hours in an average size room. More than this really requires the glass to be covered externally to prevent the sun heating up the glass and any internal room air in turn touching this heated glass.

Sunscreen Blinds
For harsh sunlight areas, you can’t beat this one. If you have a view that you’d just hate to block out or maybe a commercial storefront that you don’t want to look like it’s closed then this is the product for you! The Sunscreen Blinds come in a wide variety of colours.

 

What style of blind work best against mistreatment in rental units? Kids Play Areas? Etc?

Remember that children love to play and long drapes can be a tempting plaything for them as well as pets. They will grab anything in sight and it may be better to go with wood blinds or shades, such as “whispers” that will stay off the floor or at least hang high enough out of a child’s reach. ”Whispers” are great as they are top-down bottom-up shades, which will also increase your privacy and let you control the height of your blinds from either direction. High-end window treatments can be ordered with many options, including light sensitive and remote control operation. If you decide on transparent shades remember that they offer restrictive privacy, but will still cut the UV rays and glare considerably. They work like a regular roller shade and are made from spun polyester. If you are equipping a baby’s room with vertical blinds, will you need light-blockout? Will you need controls to be short and fastened back to the wall? Roller shutters are great in that they solve all these issues in one. Go to Roller Shutters.

Here are the DO’s:

Polyester Roller Blinds
These are real easy to care for. Just use a damp cloth with nothing stronger than dishwashing detergent to wipe away those annoying marks

Sunscreen Blinds
Pretty much the same as the polyester Roller Blinds. A little more expensive but what price do you place on retaining your view? The ability to have your view while the shade is down gives you the best of both worlds.

Polyester Vertical Blinds
Same matching fabric as roller blinds but with the added advantage of light sun reflection control. Sometimes these blinds can be shared because of matching fabrics.

Here are the DON’Ts:

Aluminum Slimline Venetians
The metal slats, come in different thicknesses, some crowned or curved for superior closure. Don’t buy thin gauged slats if you want to help prevent creasing I’m sure you’ve seen them at the local surgery accountants. Ask your Cheap As blinds for the necessary tips in purchasing the correct Venetian for your application.

Sheer Verticals & Cellular Blinds
Any drapery or sheer type fabric not scotch-guarded, may stain and this means the whole window treatment needs removing and professionally cleaned.

Timber Venetians
One of the most beautiful products you could put on a window, but not the best in areas that may take a beating. The price to replace slats can add up real fast. Cedar slats in particular are very soft wood and easily dented and bruised. Try a basswood hardwood; this will take far more abuse without showing the telltale signs.

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