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Window Treatments


Windows are important for allowing light inside a home, offering possible ventilation, and of course being able to see outside. Windows rarely if ever stand alone in a home and are usually fitted with some kind of treatment or shades to control light and privacy. Window treatments also boost the aesthetic appearance of your windows and come in many styles, colors, and varieties. The main types of window treatments are blinds, shades, curtains and drapes, and shutters.

Blinds are the best option for light and view control and come in many styles and colors to fit the décor of any room. Blinds can be raised and lowered to your desire and the slats can be opened to allow just the right amount of light in. The different varieties of blinds are wood blinds, trilogy blinds, metal blinds, faux wood blinds, sheer elegance, and vertical blinds. Each style comes in many color options and certain styles such as vertical blinds are more appropriate for bigger windows.

Shades are a custom alternative to blinds. Shades are custom made in many designs and cut to fit any window. Shades offer more creative freedom and provide better insulation than blinds. The styles of shades include tranquility shades, solar shades, pleated shades, honeycomb shades, natural woven shades, roller shades, fabric shades, sheer shadings, and sheer elegance shades. Shades can come in a seemingly endless array of colors and designs and are normally operated with a pull chord that can be placed on either side.

Curtains and drapes are the most aesthetically pleasing of the window treatments and are normally reserved for rooms where guests are entertained like living and dining rooms. Curtains and drapes provide the best insulation of any treatment, especially lined curtains, and come in a variety of colors, styles, and fabric. Curtains and drapes can be custom made to personal specifications or come in tieback, café, kids’, or outdoor styles.

The last window treatment option is shutters. Shutters are custom made to fit any windows and are made from wood and durawood. Durawood shutters are ideal for high-moisture rooms like the kitchen and bathroom. Both wood and durawood shutters have a variety of frame styles and can add a high quality look to a room.

It is always possible to buy and install window treatments yourself if you do all the proper measurements, but window treatment companies offer professional installation services. Most companies will come to your home for a free consultation and window measurement. It is always wise to choose companies that offer this free service. Professional measurement and installation will ensure that the treatments are fitted properly and effectively insulating the windows.