If you’re having difficulty in choosing between shades and blinds Vancouver, having the knowledge to back you up can help you make the right choice. There is a distinct difference between the two which cut your options in half, varying in size, price, function, and versatility.
In short, blinds feature hard slats from different materials like aluminum, wood, and composite while shades are made from one or two big pieces of fabric. While both do a great job at stylishly covering your windows, there are multiple differences you should take into consideration before making your final decision.
Deciding Between the Two
When starting to weigh out your options, you can ask yourself how exactly you prefer to filter out light, receive privacy and the level of temperature-control you prefer.
Light Control: Blinds and shades can both control light beautifully. On blinds, you can adjust the slats in varying degrees for a completely custom level of light. Have them fully closed, or angled open just slightly for a soft light filter. Shades, on the other hand, can either be open or closed. Sheer shades are more comfortable if you prefer soft filtering of light to illuminate your home when closed. This allows you to have your window covered from direct sunlight, while still letting in ample light. On the other end of the spectrum, room-darkening or blackout shades are better if you prefer more control.
Security & Privacy: Both blinds and shades can offer you ample protection from the outside world’s prying eyes. An especially important thing to note is that both can be motorized and automated. You can schedule them to lower by themselves when you’re away, so it always looks like someone’s home. On the other hand, you can also schedule them to lift during sunrise, so you can rise with the sun’s natural light.
Durability: If long-term durability is of significant importance to you, usually blinds are much more sturdy as they are made from materials like PVC, aluminum, and natural and real wood. Due to the fact that shades are made from fabric, they can show the natural effects of wear and tear much quicker.
Cleaning: When it comes to cleaning, ease of maintenance can go a long way. Blinds can be wiped down with a microfibre cloth or furniture polish while shades need a little more attention. They can be cleaned from dust using the brush attachment on a vacuum, however, heavier messes, stains and spills will require the help of a professional.
Child-Safety: Child and pet safety is important. Both blinds and shades come in a variety of cordless and motorized options making them ideal for families with little ones.
Insulation: While blinds do some work when it comes to keeping your home insulated, shades Vancouver come a long way in terms of energy efficiency. Cellular shades (otherwise known as honeycomb shades) for example, are built with the specific purpose of making your home or business more energy-efficient. They insulate your home from outside temperatures and help the indoors stay cool (or warm). They also help to insulate your interiors from outdoor noise.