Choosing Roller Blinds

drapes-shades_001What comes to mind when you think about window treatments? For most people, the first image that pops into their heads is roller blinds. Roller blinds, also called shades or roller shades, are a classic, popular window treatment option for a couple good reasons. Typically, roller blinds are easier to clean than their fabric counterparts. Plus, they are very reasonably priced when compared to most other types of window coverings, and they can take on a modern or traditional look depending on the color, material and size, making roller blinds a great option for a NYC penthouse, a Hamptons summer house and everything in between.


If you’ve made the decision to add roller shades to your window treatment, here are several considerations to help you choose the right kind of blinds for your home. If small children or animals are a safety concern, consider choosing cordless roller blinds for a safer, cord-free environment. At Distinctive Window Treatment Plus, all of our roller shades are available cordless.


Versatile, Aluminum Roller Shades

If you’re looking for a sleek, modern-looking window covering, aluminum roller shades are an excellent choice, especially in a brushed stainless finish. These days, there are so many colors and brush metal finishes available it’s easy to make custom aluminum roller shades for different rooms, styles and individual preferences. The metal is so light that aluminum shades can be made to a maximum width of 144” and height up to 126”. This makes aluminum roller shades for large windows and aluminum roller shades for skylights two extremely popular choices, especially in the New York City area. The standard slat sizes for aluminum venetian blinds are 1” and 2”, while slat size for aluminum vertical shades can vary.


Blackout Roller Blinds and Shades for Privacy

If privacy is one of your main concerns when it comes to window coverings for your home, you’re not alone. While roller blinds generally allow some amounts of visibility, there is always the option to add layers of blackout shade or privacy shade to your window treatment to achieve your desired level of privacy. Blackout or privacy shade material can be added to any type of window treatment whether it’s aluminum roller blinds, wood blinds or traditional fabric window treatments. Quality blackout roller shades will provide total darkness when drawn or pulled horizontal, while privacy roller shades will still allow light to pass through when drawn. Adding blackout or privacy shade material to your window treatments will help protect your furnishings and interior decor from harmful sunlight rays.


Choosing Motorized Roller Blinds for Your Home

Motorization is an option that was once considered a luxury but now, in many homes and apartments in the New York City area, has become a necessity. Motorized roller blinds are an excellent choice if you have groups of windows, large windows or hard-to-reach windows. Motorized roller blinds for skylights are an option that continues to grow in popularity as does motorized roller blinds for high windows and large windows. Another great feature of motorized roller shades and blinds is that they can be easily integrated into your existing home automation system and set to timers, light-sensors or temperature controls. This is a great feature for maintaining extra levels of security while you’re away on a work trip or on vacation.

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