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How to Choose the Right Blinds for Your Needs

At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we certainly know a thing or two about window blinds. There are a number of different possibilities for window treatments. Figuring out what you want in this arena really just comes down to defining your needs. This is something that can be broken down into a few key categories. Understanding these categories in full will make it a lot easier to find a product that gives you the many benefits of window treatments.


Window Treatments – Key Considerations


right-blinds Most of the things to consider with new window treatments are things that will likely occur to you anyway. So think of this list as a primer that will get you to what you want that much faster:

•  Controlling light: Obviously, one of the biggest things to think about with window treatments is the capacity to control light. You have beautiful windows that give you great natural light benefits. Make sure your window treatments will let you enjoy that.

•  Increasing insulation: When it comes to saving on your monthly energy costs, no one is going to dispute the fact that insulation is crucial. There are a lot of different ways to insulate your home and save money. This is a simple, affordable way to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

•  Visual impression: At the same time, you also want something that will match up to your sense of style. Your window treatment should be packed with short-term and long-term benefits. You also deserve to have something that will help to make just the right impression on friends, family, and visitors alike.

•  Costs: It stands to reason that you want something that’s also budget friendly. There are a number of different options for window blinds. In fact, there are so many different ideas out there, we can almost guarantee that you will find something that matches up to how much you want to spend.

•  Window shape: This is also a very important thing that you should keep in mind. Efficiency is important with window blinds, and that hangs on making sure your replacement window blinds work well with the shape of your current windows.


Different Types of Window Blinds


window-blinds There are a lot of different types of window treatments out there. Blinds typically refer to anything that has been constructed from vanes or slats. You can control them with a wand, a pulling cord, or even with a remote control. There are even options that can be controlled with an app on your smartphone! Three standard sizes pretty much rule the landscape of possibility. You have half-inch slats, one inch, or two inch slats. The one-inch slats tend to be the most popular, but the choice will ultimately come down to your needs and tastes. All of the different sizes of slats come with benefits that are worth considering.


Window blinds can be made from a range of materials. Wooden blinds, or even faux wooden blinds, are great for anyone who wants to bring a soft-spoken atmosphere to their space. Wood tends can be pretty expensive, which is why faux wooden blinds have become quite popular. The faux option also tends to come with a longer lifespan, and it’s certainly the better option in terms of day-to-day maintenance.

Neutral colors can be great for those who want a timeless approach. Vertical blinds have also become extremely popular, in terms of what they give you in the way of privacy. There are also a lot of different materials to choose from, including the very-popular sheer fabrics. With vertical blinds, you have something that is ideal for wide window expanses.


Ask the Window Treatment Professionals


At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we can show you just how impressive the possibilities can be with window treatments. We can take you through every option, and we can show you the pros and cons of everything you might consider. No matter what your needs, you can count on our window treatment experts at NorthShield to help you find your match.

Here is a quick overview of the different window treatment types that are available to you:

•   Honeycomb shades

•   Draperies

•   Exterior shades

•   Shutters

•   Wooden blinds

•   Faux wooden blinds

•   Pleated shades

•   Roman shades

•   Aluminum blinds

•   Roller shades

•   Arches

•   Woven wooden shades.

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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