On this FAQ page, you can find answers to common questions about blinds and shades and various other window coverings-related queries. For more answers, our Los Angeles-based experts are always available.
Do I need to do the window measurements by myself before calling you?
No, absolutely not. You just need to sit back and choose your new blinds or shades from our wide selection. It's not like you're missing out on anything. After all, not many people consider taking window measurements a fun exercise. Also, it's very important that the dimensions of the windows in question are absolutely accurate. This is in order to ensure the custom made coverings make for a perfect match. That's why our experts take care of this aspect, usually during the free consultation appointment.
Why should I have blinds professionally installed instead of doing it by myself?
There certainly is no shortage of DIY blind and shade kits out there. But if you value good advice before making a purchase, and want a personalized product custom made for your needs, then the expert route is the way to go. If the shade or blind installation is mishandled, your window treatments won't last as long. Also, they may not do a good job shielding you and your furniture from the detriments of harsh sunlight.
Are there Roman shades that can block ambient light completely?
Yes, there definitely are such models. They have a cloth lining that works excellently to block light from coming in. Of course, they need to be lowered all the way to the bottom end of the window. That's where custom made shades are so invaluable. If they're not exactly made to fit, there may be some sunlight peeking through the gaps.
Are roller shades that fit inside the window frame the best choice?
With these window coverings, you will get an overall neater look. If this matches your aesthetic preferences, then you can go for this option. Roller shades, or coverings in general, are usually installed over the window. This is done in order to ensure they can cover it completely when necessary. If they're installed inside the frame, strong wind or minor damage can result in sunlight getting through. If the room in question is a bedroom or a TV room, this can be very annoying, depending on the time of day.
How do cellular shades provide good insulation?
The secret lies with their design. Air is trapped inside the cells or "honeycombs", as they're often referred to. As a result, you have a unique insulating barrier created between the window and the interior of your home. That means that heat won't travel in or out easily, making cellular shades excellent for both summer and winter months. You can expect great energy savings with these window treatments.
Do blinds give you greater flexibility compared to shades?
You can generally set the shades' position in terms of height and how much they cover the window. With blinds, however, you can adjust the slats, allowing you greater control over how much light you want to come in and how much privacy you require. In this respect, they do give you higher flexibility. At least as far as sunlight control is concerned. That's not to suggest that blinds are better than shades, though. They achieve different goals.
What are insulating blinds and shades?
These window treatments are made to add thermal efficiency to a room. They're built in a way that causes them to create an air barrier. Because of that, they reduce the transfer of heat between the interior and the exterior. They tend to be light blocking too, and the result is a more private setting and a higher level of energy efficiency. These window treatments are typically preferred in bedrooms. Cellular shades are a perfect example of one of the best options out there.