Getting Started With Window Treatments in Richmond Hill, ON
Choosing window fashions for your new home can be confusing, especially with the wide range of products available today. Do you choose blinds, shutters, shades romans or draperies? What manufacturer do you choose, what lifting system do you choose? And, what about motorization and integrating the operation of your blinds into a smart home.
At Gotcha Covered, we will help you with these decisions to ensure that you chose the products that suit your style and your budget. Functionality, style and budget are the three most important criteria to consider when selecting window treatments. We recommend you consider all three to get the most out of your investment. Too often we see customers purchase blinds first and then feel that they need drapery to add warmth to their home and as a result often spend more than they needed to. If they had considered style, function and budget at the beginning of the process, chances are they would have spent less overall.
A wide array of fabric and style options for every budget are available with any window treatment you choose, however, not every window treatment will satisfy your functionality needs. Once you narrow down your needs for privacy, light control, energy efficiency and child safety, the style and budget aspects will easily follow.
Gotcha Covered Pick: Hunter Douglas & Graber Cellular Pleated & Roman Shades
Each room in your home has different privacy needs. Common spaces such as living and family rooms generally require less privacy than bedrooms and bathrooms do. Nearly all window coverings offer privacy when closed but that can make for a very dark and uninviting room. Choosing products that balance the need for privacy with the need for natural light is the key.
If you’re considering roman shades our favorites are Hunter Douglas Vignette’s (a modern roman) and Graber custom made romans. Both are not inexpensive but extremely well made with a liner on the back to hide the cords.
If you’re considering cellular shades, we recommend Hunter Douglas and Graber again. Both brands have a large selection of fabrics, colors and pleat sizes and come with a Lifetime Guarantee. If energy efficiency is a key requirement Hunter Douglas honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design wins hands down.
For maximum privacy with the option for light control, choose shades with the top-down/bottom-up options. Not all cellular are alike and in our opinion, you can't go wrong with either Graber or Hunter Douglas.
Light Control Gotcha Covered Pick: Solar Shades, Sheer & Zebra Shades,
Horizontal Blinds, Shutters
Depending on your window’s exposure, you may want to limit the amount of light coming into your room or maximize it. If managing direct sunlight, which can damage furniture and increase energy costs is a concern, choosing a light blocking or filtering window treatment is your best option. Solar sheers and shades diffuse natural light and allow for varying degrees of light control as well as UV protection.
Top-down/bottom-up roman shades are an excellent choice for light control. Choices in fold styles, fabrics and textures allow for a wide range of light control.
If you have north-facing windows and want to maximize the amount of natural light coming into your room, choose horizontal blinds with a larger slat size and view through.
Gotcha Covered Pick : Hunter Douglas or Graber Cellular Shades
No one wants to spend more money than necessary on heating and cooling their home. The goal for an energy efficient window treatment is to control warmth in your room by reducing it in the summer and increasing it in the winter. Cellular shades are the best option for achieving this goal.
Cellular shades come in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, and opacities and are designed to trap air in their “honeycomb” pockets, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Both Hunter Douglas and Graber offer a wide selection of cellular shades with hundreds of colors and textures to choose from and are our top picks as they offer superior energy efficiency vs. other brands.
Gotcha Covered Pick: Cordless Treatments, Motorized Window Treatments
Corded window coverings can present a choking hazard for small children and pets. To help reduce the risk and help save lives, the window coverings industry uses warning tags and other methods to alert homeowners of the
To truly protect your children, pets and family, you will want to choose cordless window coverings for your home. Nearly every style window treatment, from blinds to shades, offers cordless options such as rail lifting, single wand control, clutch lifting system and motorization. Gotcha Covered will help you find the safest products for you family that not only protect but enhance the style and worth of your home.
Style and Design
Now that you know the functionality you’re looking for, it’s time to talk style! For every window treatment, there are hundreds of colors, fabrics and textures to choose from. So, how do you decide?
Traditional or modern? Bright or subdued? Pattern or solid? That’s what we are here for. We’ll help you dress your windows with the latest styles keeping in mind the functionality needs.
You can also begin to find some style inspiration in our Idea Gallery or in our Portfolio where you can see examples of window coverings either by room or by kind of treatment.
Ready to get started?
Give us a call today 289-809-2103 or fill out the contact form to get started with your complimentary in-home consultation.
Whether you are looking for simple window treatments for privacy or light control, or elaborate custom designs to create your ultimate dream space, Gotcha Covered has the solution for every window.View Our Portfolio