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Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal, or the way a house looks from the outside, is a big point of pride for all homeowners. You want your house to look nice, but unfortunately, home improvement projects can get expensive. However, there are a few simple, easy, and low-cost ways you can boost your home’s curb appeal. From cleaning your siding to installing new motorized shutters on your home, these tips will come in handy for boosting your curb appeal:

  1. Install Shutters –Motorized shutters offer a whole host of benefits for homes, one of which is boosting curb appeal with classic charm. Plus, shutters are functional and energy-efficient.
  2. Update a Statement Window – Replacement windows have great benefits for any home, from bringing down heating and cooling bills to enhancing the home’s appearance. While you might not be able to afford replacement windows for every window in your home, you can choose to install one replacement window to make a statement window. Installing something more dramatic, like a bay window or stained-glass window, can bring some personality and flair to your home to help boost its curb appeal.
  3. Paint Your Shutters – Yes, completely repainting your home would certainly boost its curb appeal. But, again, that’s a very expensive project. Instead of repainting your entire home, try repainting the shutters and trim. You can choose a bold new color to add some flair, or just do a new coat of your existing color for a cleaner, more fresh appearance.
  4. Clean Your Siding – You wash your clothes, floors, and even curtains. But when was the last time you washed your home? Dirt, animal droppings, pollen, spider webs, and all other kinds of grime can accumulate on your home’s siding. While replacing your siding is a definite fix, a full siding replacement is a big investment. But a quick wash? Cheap and easy. Rent or borrow a pressure washer and spend an afternoon scoring away the layers of dirt off of your siding. You can also use a long-handled soft bristle brush and a gentle solution of water and vinegar.
  5. motorized shuttersResurface Your Driveway – An old, cracked driveway can really detract from a home’s overall appearance. Luckily, it isn’t too hard to resurface asphalt or concrete on your own. The job will take about a day, and it will be a good workout, but it’s very doable. You can also freshen a stone driveway by adding a fresh layer of matching stone and pulling any stray weeds.
  6. Plant Flowers – Nothing makes a home more welcoming and lovely than greenery and flowers. You should refresh your home’s landscaping at least once a year. If you don’t have plant beds or greenery, make a trip to your local gardening center. The salespeople will be able to advise you on what kinds of plants would be best for your home. All plants are lovely and, as an additional bonus, more plants mean less grass to mow.

We are here to help if you want to learn more about these tips or motorized shutters. Call or visit us today!

Uses for Motorization and Blackout Shades


Shades with motorization have lots of uses, from reducing noise pollution and keeping your home energy efficient to reducing light contamination. Blackout shades with motorization are even more useful. You can easily use shades to blackout a room for a wide variety of reasons all around the home. Get inspired by these ideas:

  1. Computer Workspace – Most regular home offices don’t necessitate a dark room. In fact, most people prefer lots of natural light while they’re working. However, some jobs like editing photos, working on graphic design, editing videos, or making web design projects need a darker room. Shades are the perfect addition to an at-home office that doubles as a computer workspace. They will block out any incoming sunlight to reduce glare on your computer screen. Plus, when you’re done working on that project, you can open the shades back up to enjoy the natural light again.
  2. Bedroom – Whether you have a young child that needs naps during the day, you like to nap during the day, or you work the night shift and need to rest while the sun is up, it can be hard to get to sleep with light streaming in the windows. Use shades to blackout the windows in your bedroom to make the room dark enough for some daytime rest.
  3. Home Theater – One of the best parts of seeing a movie in a movie theater is the total darkness in the room. You can recreate that same experience in your home with shades! Shades will reduce the light coming into the room to prevent glare from forming on the screen. Block out the sunlight during the day or street lamps at night by shutting the shades, then use a dimmer switch to lower the light in the room to your desired level. Add some comfy chairs, and a bowl of popcorn, and you have yourself an awesome at-home theater.
  4. Photography Studio – You can easily use shades to block out unwanted light if you’re a photographer and want to set up a studio in your home. Dark studios are perfect for low-lit photos or for portraits when you need to have complete control over the light in the shot.
  5. Photography Darkroom – If you’re shooting photos at home you might also want or need to develop them at home. You can use shades to completely block out any windows in a small room so you can set up that room as a darkroom. Try turning a spare bathroom or laundry room into a darkroom by adding shades to block the light and clotheslines to hang your developing pictures.


These are just a few of the ways that motorization and shades can help you customize the light in your home, but motorization, shades, and other types of motorized window treatments can do so much more! If you want more ideas or want to learn more about motorization or shades, just get in touch with us. Call or visit us today.


Window Shades and Hygiene

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From style and energy efficiency to budget and even space here are a lot of factors to consider when choosing window treatments and motorized louvered pergolas. However, it’s also a good idea to consider maintenance and hygiene.

Choosing easy-to-clean window treatments and pergolas for your home can not only save you time and money but can also help ease or prevent allergies. Window shades are super easy to clean, and there are also more advanced models and designs that offer even easier maintenance. Pergolas are also mostly clean, but how do motorized louvered pergolas compare to other window treatments and décor when it comes to cleanliness?

Blinds have lots of little, small blades that can bend or crack when not cleaned properly. It can also be a pain to get in between the blades with the strings and pulls in the way and to reach the topmost blinds or the ones that get bunched up at the bottom. Curtains and drapes necessitate frequent laundering or vacuuming as they are made of fabric and therefore collect dust quickly and easily and cannot be dusted or wiped down.

Shades, on the other hand, are often made of solid materials, giving them smooth surfaces that are easy to clean with a quick dust or wipe. They also do not collect pet hair or dust easily, and many kinds also block dust and dirt from entering the home in the first place. This can help cut down on pollen and other allergens and can lower the amount of time you need to spend cleaning the entire house. You can also look into shutters for easy home maintenance and good home hygiene. Shutters with hidden tilt rods are super simple to clean as the slats are all connected to each other by the tilt rod on the back or side of the panel, making it a breeze to tilt all the slats at once to thoroughly wipe down each side. However, if you have high gloss shutters that show more fingerprints, a central tilt rod design will help limit fingerprints in general. Also, if you choose premium woods like Elm, they may require more dusting as the deeper wood grain holds onto grit more than other types.

motorized louvered pergolasMotorized louvered pergolas are incredibly easy to clean as their motorization allows you to easily open and close the louvers for maximum reach. Plus, just a simple microfiber cloth or soft duster will do for most of your motorized louvered pergolas However, since they’re outdoors they might get splashed or stained, making it necessary to wipe them down with a gentle solution of water and vinegar to wipe away stains and disinfect.

It can definitely be argued that shades are the most hygienic and easy to clean window treatments. If you follow basic maintenance routines your window treatments and pergolas are sure to last for years of style and efficiency. We are here to help with all of your motorized louvered pergola needs. Call today.


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