Daunted by the myriad of blinds, shades and shutters when looking for window treatments? Get the scoop here to learn how to make informed choices for this investment in your home.
Looking for an easier way to operate your window treatments?
The way you open and close your windows is up to you!
Blind and shade operating systems can be controlled in a variety of different ways:
Motorization & Automation
Do you loathe walking to every window and struggling with cords or climbing on your furniture to close blinds that are out of reach?
Some window treatments can be motorized or operated manually with just the touch of a finger.
Looking for a way to control the amount of privacy and light in your room night and day?
The right window covering will allow you to control what you see and who sees you.
Privacy is dependent on the opacity of the shade.
Opacity is affected by several factors:
Learn more about light control from Ron of JC Licht in this video.
Looking for the most child and pet-safe window treatments?
Kids, hounds, cats and cords just don’t mix.
Window treatments are available in a wide range of operating systems for enhanced child and pet safety.
The safest options include:
The best part is that you don’t have to sacrifice style. Safety features are an option on many different types of blinds and shades that are available in an extensive array of materials and colors.
Learn more about light control in this video.
Looking for window treatments that fit the frame of your window?
There are two types of mounting: inside the window frame and outside, usually on the window trim.
The style of your window will affect your installation location and window treatment style options.
When it comes to measuring and installation, it’s best to rely on a professional to measure and install your window shades and blinds for proper fit and function.
Learn more about mounting window treatments in this video.
Looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient?
Are you shivering in a drafty older home or baking in the open glare of a contemporary sunlit window wall?
The right window shades and blinds can help to conserve energy in your home, and save you money on heat and air conditioning bills. Without energy-efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Window treatments will conserve energy through:
If you live in an older home with older, drafty windows, choose cellular shades and add a layer of draw drapes to keep your home cozy.
Looking for options to protect your home from damaging UV light?
When installed over double-glazed windows, many window treatments are rated to filter out 75% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. This increases to 99% when fully lowered with closed slats, vanes or louvers.
Choose light-filtering solar shades if you are concerned about UV sun rays and want to protect your valuable art, family photos, fabrics and wood surfaces from fading.
If you’re not sure why uv-blocking window treatments matter, click here to learn more.
Looking for noise reduction solutions for your home?
Is your home an acoustical nightmare with hard surfaces everywhere, from tile floors and counter tops to wooden ceilings?
Window treatments absorb sounds, so you can improve interior acoustics (perfect for movie night) by choosing window materials that absorb sound. The level of sound absorption depends on a few factors:
Looking for window treatments to complement the aesthetic of your space?
Todays window treatments come in hundreds of designs and combinations to suit everything from a clean modern, aesthetic to traditional shutters paired with beautiful draperies. Choose from a variety of shades, shutters, blinds and drapes to complement your unique decor.
Looking for guidance on scheduling window treatments into the remodeling process?
Plan your entire room from the start and think in terms of layers. You can start with a neutral blind or shade that supplies room-darkening or privacy, and layer your drapery panels later.
A good rule of thumb is to start your interior design by choosing more permanent fixtures first, such as blinds and shades. After all, it’s much easier to match a paint color to your blinds than it is to match blinds to a paint color. When major fixtures are set, then consider less permanent decor features, such as drapery, furniture, fabrics and rugs.
Learn more about planning and scheduling in this video.
Looking for information on what cost and home equity assessments to take into consideration for window treatments?
The cost of custom window treatments and design can represent a significant investment. If you plan to live in your home for 7-10 years, pick treatments you love and incorporate the cost of that over the length of time you will spend there.
A good rule of the thumb is to spend $1-$5 per square foot of your home. Some window treatments improve the value of your home and are considered fixtures that qualify for home-improvement loans.
You can also plan your window treatments in stages. You may want to start with your privacy or room-darkening objectives right away, then add drapery to coordinate with your decor at a later time.
Learn more about budget considerations from Ron of JC Licht in this video.
Looking for a timeline of the installation process and advice on when to order your new window treatments?
Allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks for new window treatments to be installed after placing your order. Some window treatments, such as roller shades, can be custom designed and installed faster than others. Plantation shutters and custom drapery could take up to 8-10 weeks.
There is a lot to consider, we know, but JC Licht window treatment professionals are here to help sift through the options so you can make smart decisions that look great and reflect your style.
To make your beautiful windows happen, schedule your free in-home consultation in the Chicagoland area.
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