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Protect Your Home Against Sun Damage

11 Mar

Sun Damage

EVEN YOUR FURNISHINGS NEED SUNBLOCK

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Low-E glass reduces the amount of light and heat that enters your home.


You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.

HOW TO BLOCK UV RAYS


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

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Solar shades block UV rays and preserve your view to the outside.

Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!

Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.

PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE

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Drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric at the window.


Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.

While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.

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Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

30 Nov

Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Blinds can be categorized in several different ways, including orientation, material type, style, and how they operate. Regardless of how you categorize them, they are one of the most versatile window treatments available for your home.
Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

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Blinds can be made with slats that run horizontally or vanes that run vertically. Which orientation you choose depends largely on the size of the window you want to cover and which way it opens. Horizontal blinds are seen more regularly because the majority of windows in homes are a manageable size and open up and down. Using horizontal blinds on this type of window allows you to raise or lower the blind to match the level of your window, so your blind is not being blown around by the incoming breeze. If you have extra wide windows, multiple horizontal blinds can be hung side-by-side to avoid having one blind that is too large to adjust.

Vertical blinds are often used on sliding glass doors because they open and weintraubbedroomclose sideways and are easy to operate even though they are large. Another use for vertical blinds is to cover windows that open to the side rather than up and down. They can be moved to the side when the window is open to allow air in while still covering the part of the window that is closed.

Types of Materials Used in Custom Blinds

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Wood – The grain in real wood blinds give a natural pattern to your window treatments. They can be stained or painted to blend into their surroundings or make a statement. Parkland® horizontal blinds are available in basswood, abachi, or ash that is harvested from managed forests. Vertical blinds can also be made with wood making it easy to match blinds of different orientations.
Wood alternative – Everwood® horizontal blinds look like wood, but are more able to withstand heat and humidity, making them a great alternative for a bathroom, kitchen, or sunroom. Like wood blinds, they are available stained or painted and offer a variety of decorative tapes.
Aluminum – Both horizontal and vertical blinds are available in aluminum. Unlike lower quality aluminum blinds from big box stores, Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds resist denting and bending, ensuring your blinds will continue to look like new for years.
Fabric – For a softer look, consider vertical blinds with fabric vanes. They quietly adjust to filter or block out light, or can be moved out of the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
Vinyl – Vinyl vertical blinds offer the widest selection of colors, patterns, and textures. They are durable, easy to clean, and give you several light control and privacy options. If you like the look of fabric, but prefer the convenience of vinyl, Cadence® blinds have curved vanes that give the appearance of folds of fabric.

If you think custom blinds might be the right choice for your home but aren’t sure which ones will fit your windows and décor, let the window treatment specialists at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. help you make the right choice. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.

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Roman Shades

5 Aug

When in Rome…
Roman shades have been a part of interior design for centuries.
They were first used at the Colosseum in Rome RomanSh1. When the Romans added a retractable shade it was easier for people to enjoy the spectacle going on down below when they weren’t exposed to the hot sun. Then, with all the building going on in Rome, using these flat pieces of fabric that go up and down with the pull of a string helped keep the dust out of the home. Ever since, the Roman shade has evolved to all the exciting options that are available now.

 

There are many terms for the different styles of Roman shades and that can be confusing if you’ve never looked for one before. After all, isn’t a shade just a shade? Actually, no. As you are deciding what to get, start with the two basic options: hobbled or flat. There are alternatives for each, but this gets you started.

Hobbled is called RomanSh2by many names: waterfall, tiered, looped. Technically they are all different because of the different amount of fabric between folds. Traditionally a hobbled shade will have 5” folds, whereas a waterfall would have 7”.  But they still give the effect of a ripple in each version. You can use these shades in any room of the home to give it a dressier feel.
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Flat is just that. It can have a look that shows where the fabric overlays or it can be smooth with no seams visible from the front. These tend to be casual, but that isn’t to say you couldn’t use an elegant fabric with this construction. Using a formal-looking fabric with a flat Roman shade would lend a modern feel to a room. RomanSh4

Flat Roman shades can be tailored, relaxed, batten front, batten back, or both…the list goes on.

 

 

 

 

RomanSh5                                                                                                  There are a few kinds that could be considered specialty like an Austrian  or balloon shade. But again, there are so many styles to choose from so just take your time and look through all the pictures you want before your purchase. Most of the time your Roman shade will be a custom piece so make it your own!

 

 

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