More and more homeowners are turning to professionals for help in selecting and installing their Covington window coverings. Consumers choose professional installation companies because they ensure high quality products, top notch fit and finish, and usually a guarantee. There are three distinct styles of window coverings a professional might suggest; blinds, plantation shutters (shutters) or shades. All of these styles have their pros and cons but the choice usually comes down to application and price.
Blinds – Blinds are Covington window coverings that make use of slats or louvers to block the interior of a home from sunlight and outsiders. These slats vary in size and material and are mounted on the track vertically or horizontally. Most window blinds have slats mounted horizontally and are drawn up and down by a string and pulley system. Vertical blinds are common for sliding glass doors and are drawn right to left. Blinds are popular because they are easy to install and can be very cost effective.
Shades – Shades are a lot like blinds but instead of using slats or louvers to block the window they use fabric. Roman shades, cellular shades, pleated shades and roller shades all utilize soft fabrics to block the window. Alternately, some shades use thin organic materials like straw or bamboo in place of fabric; this is for looks only. Shades also use a string and pulley system to adjust the amount of light that is let into the room. Like blinds, they are mounted vertically with the track at the top of the window. Shades are popular because of their diversity; shades can be very beautiful and ornate or simple and effective. Shades can also be used for a multitude of applications since there are so many varieties.
Plantation Shutters – Covington Plantation shutters are usually the most expensive of the three window coverings. Plantation shutters, or just shutters, are more expensive because of the quality of their materials and complexity of their design. Just like blinds, shutters use solid slats as a means of blocking the window. Instead of mounting on a track and manipulated by a pulley system; shutter slats are mounted on four distinct frames for each quarter of the window. Each frame is then mounted to the side of the window and swings open on hinges, like a door. Each frame has a centered wooden dowel to control the slats. Plantation shutters are arguably the most aesthetically pleasing of the three window coverings because of their quality design, fit and finish.
Homeowners install blinds, shades and shutters for three major purposes; privacy, aesthetics and comfort. Window coverings offer the homeowner privacy because they obscure the window from outsider view. This gives the homeowner the ability to display or conceal their interior whenever they please.
Shades, blinds and shutters are also used aesthetically in interior design. Aesthetic applications are the most common reason for hiring a professional. A professional installer will have the experience and skills to match a quality window covering to your unique home. They will carefully construction and install the product to ensure proper fit and finish. If looks are the primary objective, a professional installer is the only way to go.
Lastly, window coverings provide the homeowner with comfort. Window coverings block outside light that makes it hard and uncomfortable to read or watch T.V. Shades, shutters and blinds also help with temperature control. Depending on the type of window covering, they can help keep your home cooler during the summer or keep the heat in during the winter.
Hopefully this article has provided additional insight into the specifics and applications of the three major window coverings; blinds, shades and shutters. Each style has its own unique look and purpose so be sure to consult a Covington blind and shutter professional before making a final decision. Hope you enjoy your new window coverings!