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The Best Timeline for Ordering Motorized Louvered Pergolas

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Every home renovation project needs a lot of organization and careful planning. From carefully measuring to making sure any new items arrive on time, such as new motorized louvered pergolas for your home.

You need to make sure that your new motorized louvered pergolas arrive when you need them. If they are delivered too early, they will sit around and get in the way, but if they arrive too late, they can disorganize your entire timeline. In order to make sure that you get your new pergolas at the right time you need to order them at the right time. But when is that? The delivery timeline of your motorized louvered pergolas depends on a few factors:

  1. Where the Pergolas are Made – Your pergola’s delivery time also depends on where the pergolas are made. American-made pergolas can be made and delivered to places in the United States sometimes as quick as 2 or 4 weeks. On the other hand, pergolas made overseas can take between 5 and 6 weeks for manufacturing and transit from the overseas facility.
  2. What Kind You Choose – Different types of pergolas take different times to be delivered. For example, pre-made pergolas can be delivered quickly while custom pergolas take much longer. More budget-friendly pergolas often take longer to be delivered as they are generally made overseas and have to be shipped.
  3. Color Matching – Trying to match an existing color in your home always adds additional time. The added time is necessary for looking at swatches and ordering and reviewing color samples. It’s important to look at samples in person as photos can vary in tone, brightness and even texture. Requesting color samples takes a few extra days, but tis always worth it.
  4. Custom Details – If your pergolas require special modifications or details you need to add at least a week or two to the delivery timeline. These modifications, like cut-outs for handles or custom color matching require extra time not only for production but also for the additional approvals and reviews needed to ensure you are completely satisfied with the end result. You should budget at least 7 to 8 weeks for more specialized window pergolas.
  5. Your Ordering Process – Most pergolas businesses have unique ordering processes to make sure that customers are happy with the end result. These processes can entail in-home consultations, taking measurements, reviews, and confirmations. Consult with your pergolas professional for an accurate timeline.

Try to work backwards from when you want the pergolas to come up with your ideal ordering date. If getting new motorized louvered pergolas for your home is something you see in your future, be sure to take time to plan out your timeline. Not only will this ensure you’re not stresses out or disappointed, but it can also save you money as express shipping or expedited orders can cost a premium.

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Using Motorized Shades in Creative Ways

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When you think of shades, you probably think windows. You wouldn’t be wrong, as window shades are traditionally used on windows and are great for covering windows as designed. However, there are tons of ways you can use motorized shades besides on your windows. Shades can be used all over your home to add style, interest and function, like in the following ways:

  • Patio Doors – Patio doors are great for making easy access to outdoor spaces, as well as letting in lots of natural light into a home. There are lots of different kinds of patio doors, from sliding doors and French doors to bi-folding and more. However, patio doors can be pretty big, and therefore present a problem when it comes to a window treatment. Shades are a great solution for patio doors, no matter what kind you have. You can find shades that are made to measure so they fit your doors exactly. You can also find shades that come on tracking systems so you can open them completely to allow in as much or as little natural light as you want in the moment. Adding shades to your patio doors can also add an extra layer of insulation to boost your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Closet Doors – You can easily use shades in place of standard closet or wardrobe doors for a hit of style and function. Solid panel shades often look just like cupboard and wardrobe doors but offer style and customization that standard doors do not. You can find shades in tons of different finishes and colors to match almost any kind of décor or closet style.
  • Room Dividers – Make your space stylish and functional by using shades as room dividers. Whether you want more privacy, are hoping to delineate different spaces in one room, or just want a classic look, shades make for great room dividers. Room dividers were traditionally used as modesty screens for people to change behind, or to add décor to a room. You can attach shades to door frames to separate any two areas or conjoining rooms. You can also use shades to give your office a bit of separation to get work done or give guests a bit more privacy when visiting your home.

Shades are great for tons of different uses beyond on windows, especially since you can get shades that made to measure, meaning that you can get them in any size or shape for whatever use you want. From patio doors to room dividers, shades add style and function to any room in the house.

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Do you want to learn more about motorized shades? McNeill Palm is here to offer you expert advice on the best shades to choose for your home, no matter what their purpose will be. You can visit us in person at our store or give us a call on the phone. We are happy to help make your home the best it can be in any way we can. Call today!

Choosing Window Coverings for Your Kitchen

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Whether you’re moving into a new home or doing a remodel, your kitchen windows definitely need window treatments, but not just any will do. You need window treatments like motorized shutters on your kitchen windows that will increase the space’s style and function in one fell swoop.

  • When shopping for kitchen window coverings, look for ones that:
  • Offer flexible control over the amount of natural light
  • Provide flexible control over privacy and outdoor views
  • Help cut down on afternoon or morning glare
  • Give better control over both heat or cold
  • Offer protection against furniture and décor fading with UV protection
  • Are easy to clean and maintain
  • Are secure
  • Are durable

As kitchens are used every day, and can get messy, you need window coverings that are made from a durable material. Your kitchen coverings need to stand up to spills, splashes, grease, and lingering smells, so look into vinyl or faux wood. These materials are completely waterproof so there’s no need to worry about splashes. They’re also super easy to clean and maintain, and only need a quick wipe with a damp cloth every once in a while. If your coverings will be next to a sink, get bi-folding paneled shutters or foldable blinds so you can fold them away from the sink when in use. Don’t forget about color. White is always a good choice for kitchen coverings, as white brightens up a room while blending in or offering a vibrant contrast. You can also go with a more contrasting color like red or yellow, or choose a classic neutral like brown, black or beige.

Still stumped? Try window shutters! From plantation shutters to café, modern to classic, standard to motorized, shutters look great in any kitchen. But with so many different kinds of shutters, how do you choose the right kind for your kitchen? You can start with style. Kitchens should look nice but not be too fancy. Café style shutters and motorized shutters fit the bill perfectly. They offer a classic kitchen look that’s stylish but not too fancy, and also offer great function. Café shutters cover the lower portion of the window for privacy but leave the upper portion open for light and ventilation. Café shutters come in different sizes and shapes to fit any window or kitchen style. You can have the shutters cover the bottom third, or you can add a mid-rail and have the shutters go all the way up to the top of the window as upper and lower louvres can then be operated independently. Plus, adding motorization will only help make your home more convenient and functional.

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Finding the right kind of motorized window covering for your kitchen doesn’t have to be hard. This is especially true if you hire McNeill Palm. We offer a wide range of motorized shutters and services, and are ready and waiting to give you the help you need. Please stop by and visit us at or give us a call at to learn more about what we can do for you, your windows, and your home.