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The Best Time of Year to Buy Window Shades

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Having window shades in Santa Rosa Beach, FL installed in your home is high on your list of projects you want to get done. In fact, this item has been near the top of your list for quite a while, but you still have not done it.

Why? It is likely because you are waiting for the right time of year to have window shades installed, but you are not exactly sure when that time is.

In all reality, there is no one best time of the year to have new window shades installed in your home. Many people like to coordinate projects like this with times of the year when they do heavy cleaning – and cleaning out – of their homes or when they are doing a home remodeling or home renovation project.

But if buying window shades during deep home cleaning or home renovation projects is not a must for you, then there are some guidelines you can use to determine what the best time of year is to have your new window shades installed.

One time of the year to consider buying and having new window shades installed is just before summertime. One reason why you may be considering new window shades is that your old window treatments are not as effective as they used to be at helping keep the interior of your home cooler during the summer months.

Therefore, before the real heat of summer is upon you is a very good time to have new energy efficient window shades installed in your home. Not only will your home be more comfortable during the hottest time of the year, but you will also reap the benefit of spending less on energy to keep your house cool.

Another good time of the year to think about buying and having new windows installed is a couple of months before the fall and winter holiday season begins. Traditionally, in the United States, families travel from far and wide to visit with one another and to spend the holiday seasons with each other.

Since you are more likely to be having extra guests spend time in your home during the fall and winter holiday season, you’ll want your home to be warm, cozy, and inviting. You can easily transform your home with fresh paint, professional floor cleaning, and new window shades to achieve the perfect look for your guests to feel right at home.

Another good time to consider buying and having new window shades installed is during the heart of winter. Your old window treatments may make your home seem darker and more gloomy during these days when the sun makes its briefest appearances during the year.

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Having new window shades installed during the period from January through March can rejuvenate the inside of your home and make it feel more much brighter and cheerier, because you can add vivacious colors and you can capitalize on getting the most out of the natural sunlight available during these months when days are short and nights are long.

Another reason why the heart of winter is a good time to have new window shades installed is that you will probably be able to have it done more quickly than at other times during the year. Most people don’t think much about sprucing up their homes during the winter months, so service for installation of window shades is likely to be much faster than during the spring or summer.

If you’d like to learn more about window shades in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm.

Window Shutters in New Homes

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If you are wondering whether window shutters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL should be installed in your new home, you may be thinking that they are an outdated window treatment option that won’t work well in a more modern décor. However, window shutters are one of the most popular window covering options in both older and brand new homes for several reasons.

Window shutters have been around for a very long time. In fact, window shutters may be one of the earliest types of window coverings in history. The Greeks used stationary marble window shutters in their earliest homes to keep the elements and outdoors pests out of their homes.

Window shutters have come a long way since them and they are now found in many homes across the United States. Why should you consider window shutters for your new home?

One reason you should consider window shutters for your new home is that you have a wide range of styles to choose from. You can choose single panel window shutters like plantation window shutters to use for large windows in living rooms, dining rooms, great rooms, and bedrooms to achieve a classic casual, but elegant, look.

You can choose café shutters for kitchen or bathroom windows to allow ample light into the room, while providing optimal privacy. You can choose tier on tier shutters for bedrooms and home offices to have maximum light and privacy control.

Additionally, window shutters are made from many types of different materials, which gives you many options for having them complement or accent the décor of your new home.

Wood window shutters are a very popular option because they make rooms feel warm and cozy. With several different types of wood stains and almost any color you can imagine available, wood window shutters can easily be incorporated into the modern look of your new home.

Wood window shutters, however, must be maintained on a regular basis. This means more frequent cleaning and restaining or repainting every few years. Additionally, because wood is a living material, it absorbs moisture and will contract and expand depending on its moisture content.

Not only can moisture damage your wood window shutters, but it also creates a favorable environment for mold and mildew, which can be hazardous to you and your family’s health, to grow. In a high-humidity climate, wood window shutters probably are not the best option.

However, composite window shutters are an excellent alternative to wood window shutters. Composite materials are more durable than wood and they will not absorb any moisture at all. And, best of all, they can be ordered with coatings that look like wood (faux wood), so that you get the beauty and warmth of wood with the worries about frequent maintenance, damage, or hazards to you and your family.

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Window shutters also fit well into new homes because they enhance the energy efficiency you’ve already had built into your home. Your new home is thoroughly insulated, and one of the most insulated parts of your home is your windows. You’ve bought energy efficient windows and they’ve been installed and insulated to maximize their energy efficiency.

Window shutters will increase the energy efficiency of your windows because they are installed snuggly inside the window frames, ensuring that no air escapes or gets into your home, which will keep your home comfortable, no matter what time of year it is, and will keep your energy bills low.

If you’d like learn more about window shutters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm.

Window Blinds and Privacy

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Window blinds in Santa Rosa Beach, FL are a window treatment installation that you should consider if you want you home to have increased privacy. With window blinds, you have complete control over light and privacy all day and all night.

Window blinds are uniquely designed for light control and privacy. You have the ability to allow the maximum amount of natural light in during daylight hours by raising the window blinds completely. While this option decreases the amount of privacy you have, it does give you the option of filling your home with the warmth of natural sunlight during the day.

However, if you’d like the combination of natural light and privacy, you can leave the windows blinds closed and simply adjust the slats so that you have natural light coming in, but you and your family are protected from outside passersby peering into your home, ensuring that you have adequate privacy during the day.

At night, leaving your window blinds completely closed, you can also close the slats to ensure maximum privacy. Since window blind slats can be close up or down, you can further enhance your privacy to accommodate the level of your home that you are on.

For example, if you are on the first level of your home, turning your window blind slats down will give you privacy. However, if you are on the second (or third) level of your home, having the window blind slats turned down allows people who are looking up to be able to see into your home to a degree.

Therefore, for rooms on higher levels in your home, you can achieve maximum privacy by turning your window blinds slats up. This prevents people who are looking up from seeing anything inside your home.

Window blinds are easy to adjust, and adjustments can be done very quickly. In fact, if you have motorized window blinds and you have smart integration, then you can simply adjust your window blinds with your smartphone any time of the day or night.

One reason why you should give serious consideration to having motorized window blinds installed in your home is for the safety of your children and your pets.

Because non-motorized window blinds have hanging cords that are used to raise and lower them, they can be a hazard for young children and for pets who may be tempted to play with them. While playing with the window blinds cords, children or pets can become entangled in them, which can result in serious injuries or even death.

With motorized window blinds, which are also known as cordless window blinds, this hazard is eliminated entirely. There are no hanging cords to get entangled in, which ensures that the little ones and the pets in your home are safe when they are around them.

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Window blinds are a great option for enhancing the privacy and security of your home. Because they give you a wide range of options for light control, with varying levels of privacy, depending on your needs at any given time, they work well for every window in your home.

There are many styles of window blinds to choose from. Window blinds are manufactured in many different types of materials, which enables you to choose from a large color palette that can accent or complement any color schemes and décor that you already have in your home.

If you’d like to learn more about window blinds in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm.



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