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Shopping for Motorized Shades and Blinds

Window shades and blinds are a great option for any home, as they offer a wide range of styles, sunlight control, enhanced privacy and great style. However, there are tons of different kinds of shades blinds to choose from. Use these tips to help you choose the best blinds or motorized shades for your home.

First think about what you want. Shades and blinds are incredibly varied, so you have the ability to choose the type based on what you want for your home. Are you looking for sunlight control, style, or energy efficiency? The materials, designs and colors are so numerous there are options for everyone. You can even find shades that balance your ideal budget and desired quality. If you’re looking to save even more, you could potentially get a tax credit for choosing energy efficient shades and blinds. Not to mention that those options would also most likely block the UV rays from the sun to help protect the carpet and the furniture from fading.

Once you know what you want out of your window blinds, you can look into materials. The most common kinds of shades and blinds are aluminum, faux wood, wood, vinyl, and motorized. You can also find blinds in horizontal and Venetian styles. Combine, mix and match materials and styles to get the ideal combination for you and your home, as all kinds have lots of benefits like the following:

  • Aluminum – Aluminum blinds and shades are economical, durable and versatile, and are available in a variety of colors and slat widths. They are opaque, which allows for more privacy and darkness when closed.
  • Faux Wood – Faux wood options won’t fade, chip, split or warp, and are therefore a good alternative to real wood blinds and shades. These options are usually offered in a variety of whites, various wood tones and neutral colors. Their durability is important when used in bathrooms or kitchens and is showcased if they are exposed to temperature extremes, strong sunlight or high humidity.
  • Wood – Wood blinds and shades are highly versatile and elegant. They can be painted, varnished, or stained to fit any décor, and have excellent energy efficiency by helping to insulate the rooms they are in.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl shades and blinds are very practical in that they can be used in most rooms that do not require a more elegant backdrop to curtains, draperies or valances. They are incredibly cost effective, but are not opaque, and therefore are not a good way to block out light completely.

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McNeill Palm can offer any help you need finding and choosing the best window shades for your home. We offer a wide range of materials and styles including motorized shades. You can also find excellent shutters and pergolas, so you are sure to get the best options for your home. Come visit us today to see your many options in person or give us a call for more information about what we can do for your home.