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Pros & Cons of Plantation Shutters

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Plantation shutters are truly a classic in the window treatment world. But while they’re a classic, they’re also incredibly versatile. Whether your aesthetic is lovely Southern charm, free-spirited beachy ambiance, or something in between, plantation shutters can meet your aesthetic needs.

That being said, there are pros and cons to everything, and just because we love them doesn’t mean everyone else will. Plantation shutters serve different functions from window shades, blinds, or screens, and so we’re breaking down the pros and cons for you so you can decide what’s right for your home.

The Pros

Increased Value

Shutters are a window treatment that actually increases the resale value of your home. This kind of investment now, even if you’re planning on living in your home for some time, can put more money in your pocket when you do sell.

Durability

When you choose shutters for your home, you’re making an investment. And quality shutters are a long-lasting investment that can last you decades. Because there is no fabric, they won’t fray. Without cords, there’s nothing to tangle or break. And when you choose high-quality shutters, the material won’t fade, chip or warp. When cared for properly, plantation shutters stand the test of time, while looking amazing.

Easy to Clean

If you’re looking for low maintenance but still want that perfect aesthetic? Plantation shutters are the way to go. Because of the material, dry wiping them easily removes dust and pet hair build-up. And if by some chance something spills or splashes on them, a wet cloth will easily clean up the mess. No fuss, all functionality and beauty.

The Cons

Higher Price Point

Shutters are not always the most expensive window treatment, but often their price point does make homeowners leery. Plantation shutters are an investment, but they’re durable and long-lasting. Most often, homeowners will use shutters on the exterior of their homes.

Always In Sight

Unlike shades or blinds that can be pulled up to the top of the window, or to one side, shutters are always in view. Many homeowners like being able to have their window treatment out of sight and their windows open to allow full light into their homes during the day, whether for energy saving or because they prefer it. Shutters can be opened; they do rest to one side and take up space while doing so. They won’t disappear from view.

Furniture Placement

When it comes to shutters, you need to carefully plan how your room is going to be set up. Because plantation shutters don’t roll up or to one side and open outwardly, they need space. You’ll need to be sure that your furniture is placed in such a way that when you open your shutters, they have room to swing-out.

Any window treatment has its pros and cons. We hope that this article gives you a good starting point when it comes to the decision of whether or not you want to have plantation shutters installed in your home. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call at 888.818.2468 today.

Can Blinds Save You Money On Your Energy Bills?

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Increasing costs of power have begun to be a growing concern among homeowners not just in San Francisco, but all over the world too. Not just homeowners either, but renters as well. Saving on the energy bill is important to anyone.

It can seem like a daunting task to begin reducing your energy usage, but it doesn’t have to be. Reducing the amount of energy you use and saving on your power bill can be as simple as the right choice of blinds.

Energy Saving Blinds

Window blinds come in a vast selection of patterns, styles, designs, and materials. From wood, faux-wood, aluminum, and more, your window blinds can suit any overall design aesthetic, while saving you money. Your windows are one of the biggest factors that affect your energy use. The glass allows sunlight and heat to enter your home, driving up your cooling costs. Conversely, they also let heat out, driving up your heating costs in the winter. By utilizing the tilt for your slats, you can reduce the amount of hard sunlight and heat that enters your home, which saves you money in the long run or reduce the amount of cool air that escapes.

Cheaper Alternative

Rather than replace your HVAC system, or install energy-efficient windows in your home, choose a new window treatment option such as blinds. Blinds are a far more cost-effective alternative, especially if your blinds are older and worn. Broken slats reduce the effectiveness, which can drain your energy efficiency. And all that’s needed is a repair or a replacement, rather than spending thousands of dollars on new windows.

Savings Adjustable

The benefit of blinds is that you can adjust them depending on the time of day, or even the time of year. Choose to have them up or open to allow light in during the day to reduce the amount of electricity you use to light your home. During the summer, have them closed during the hottest part of the day to save on your cooling costs. In the winter, keep them open all day long to help heat your home and allow light in, so that your heating bill doesn’t break the bank.

Energy Saving While Away

Another fantastic thing about blinds is that they help save your wallet even while you’re on vacation. Keep them down while you’re away from home, to help trap the heat during the winter, or from coming in during the summer. This way, you can turn your thermostat off completely when you leave and not pay for its use when you aren’t even there. Plus, your drawn blinds will keep unwanted eyes from looking into your vacant home while you’re gone.

New and experienced homeowners are always looking for ways to cut back on energy consumption to help with their carbon footprint, and also to save them money. You don’t have to do any major renovations though to save money in the long term. Start saving money now, with the small changes like replacing your blinds, or repairing broken ones. Cool your home down or keep it warm with a fantastic window treatment addition by reaching out to Home Living Window Fashions today.

The Difference Between Blinds and Shades

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Blinds and shades are often used interchangeably, and many people wonder if they aren’t the same thing. A lot of the time, people use one word or the other without even thinking about it. Shades and blinds are both window treatments¬†suitable for any type of window, but these two words mean two incredibly different things when it comes to the window treatment world.

What Are Blinds?

Blinds are what most people see in their homes or apartments. They’re made up of slats that cascade up the window to be gathered at the top or pulled to one side to stack lengthwise. Because of their individual nature, they can be controlled easily for variable light and privacy. Easily tilted or adjusted, you can set the slats to different angles to control light and privacy.

Popular blind types are:

  • Wood blinds
  • Faux wood blinds
  • Woven wood blinds
  • Mini blinds
  • Aluminum blinds
  • Vertical blinds

Depending on the material, they come in a wide variety of designs, textures, patterns, and colors, so there’s something for every aesthetic.

Whether you have large windows, glass doors, specialty shapes, or more, these blinds will give your home an updated feel, while serving a functional purpose.

What Are Shades?

Shades are a window treatment made up of materials that are one continuous piece that covers large swaths of windows. They fit snugly, blocking light and offering privacy, and stack neatly at the top without looking bundled or cluttered. The biggest difference between blinds and shades is that shades are one piece and have no slats. They give a smooth, sleek look to your windows and offer a high level of privacy. Unlike blinds, however, they cannot be adjusted for light. When you select your shades, you can choose varying levels of fabric opacity, which will allow as little or as much light in as you would like.

Some shade options are:

  • Roller shades
  • Cellular/Honeycomb Shades
  • Roman Shades

Roller shades are classic. They make your windows look sleek and are easy and economical. While they’re the standard, they come in a wide variety of fabrics, textures, and colors, so you’ll be able to make them fit your home’s design easily.

Cellular shades are becoming incredibly popular due to their energy efficiency. The way these shades are built, they have a layer of honeycomb-shaped pockets that trap air and insulate your home. You’ll save on heating and cooling costs, and because of their design availability, your home will still look fabulous.

Roman shades are also becoming popular because of their stylish affordability. They are elegant, creating gentle horizontal folds when they’re lowered down the window. They create a drapery feel, without all the extra fabric, while still serving to provide privacy and light control.

Whether you’re looking for blinds or shades, let your creativity shine. With hundreds of designs, fabric, texture, material, and color options, you will never have to sacrifice fashion for functionality.

Be sure to reach out to Home Living Window Fashions in San Francisco to update the look and feel of your home. Schedule your consultation today.

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