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Blinds, Awnings, and Shutters: Price and Function Comparisons

Posted on May 15th, 2015

There is a variety of options when it comes to window coverings, and even more choices within those. To choose what kind of covering is best for you, you need to have information about the pros and cons of the different kinds of blinds, awnings, and shutters that are out there. Price is also a factor for most families, so knowing what type of covering gets you the most for your money will come in handy. The best window covering companies will take the time to thoroughly go through what coverings fit with your type of building (residential or commercial) and put your needs and desires before anything else.

When it comes to blinds, the most common choices you will encounter are roller, Roman, Venetians, and motorised. With awnings, which are very common for commercial buildings, there are retractable awnings, canopy, and conservatory. Plantation shutters, both interior and exterior, add both function and elegance to any room.

When looking for a covering that is both beautiful and functional, consider all your options. Roller blinds are one of the most affordable kinds of blinds and come in a huge range of colors, textures, and patterns. Roller blinds could be installed in every room and add to the uniqueness of each space.They are also very versatile and can be adjusted to any level to let in as much or as little light as desired. Roller blinds are easy to install and using a ratchet pull system instead of cords makes them very safe for pets and children, as well.Some disadvantages of roller blinds include their very modern look (which would clash with older homes) and dirt and dust buildup.

Venetian blinds are very popular and known for their beauty. They tend to get dusty, but the wooden slats are easy to clean. Venetian blinds, wooden ones in particular, tend to be very heavy so not all windows work with Venetian blinds. Wood also changes and can warp with time and moisture, so getting Venetians in high-quality wood is very important. These can be more expensive, but better wood means better blinds that have a longer life.

Motorised blinds are popular because they are so easy to use and with a wall switch or remote, you can program your blinds to rise or descend at your desire. As with any technology, motorised blinds can fail, and these blinds tend to run very high, price-wise. Awnings are outdoor window coverings that curve over outdoor spaces like patios to produce shade while protecting your building. One of the disadvantages of awnings is that with strong wind, they can become damaged. That is why retractable awnings especially popular. These coverings can be folded up when bad weather is on the horizon.

Canopy awnings are popular for the entrances of buildings like hotels and eateries. All awnings can have logos or slogans printed on the fabric. Conservatory awnings are important when it comes to protecting the glass of greenhouses, art studios, and what have you. Awnings can be very expensive, especially if you have multiple awning needs, but a good quality material like aluminum can last 20+ years. A good awning can also protect your roof, so consider what your building needs are when looking at your awning options.

Shutters, especially plantation shutters, are universally loved for their classic, elegant look and functionality. Plantation shutters are defined by the width of their slats and can be adjusted to let as much or less little light into a room as desired. Different types of wood require different levels of maintenance, so be sure to ask about your shutters’ care needs before installing. Depending on the material and number of shutters you want, plantation shutters can run up a big bill, but like other types of window coverings, shutters can save you a lot on heating and cooling costs. Plantation shutters can also be installed on the outside of your windows. These will protect your outside glass from weather damage and can provide a subtle, fashionable system of security for your home. You can also paint exterior shutters and give your home a unique beauty. Some disadvantages include difficulty to install (wooden shutters are heavy) and limited light, with outside shutters, in particular.

For both home and business owners, window coverings are an important part of the aesthetic and functional aspect of your buildings. Blinds, awnings, and plantation shutters protect glass, the interior and exteriors, and protect your furniture from wearing down. With all the varieties in texture, material, size, color, and price, you can choose a covering that meets both your economical and design desires. The best companies will walk you through the entire process, inform you of all your options, and teach you how to maintain your coverings so they last as long as possible. Save money and add beauty to your home or business by considering blinds, awnings, and shutters.