Posts by Rick DuJardin

  • Solar Shades Offer Versatile Lighting and Privacy Options

    Posted on July 14 2019

    While there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to window coverings, solar shades possess a number of features that curtains, blinds and other types of window coverings are unable to provide. From superior privacy and the ability to block light from outside the home more effectively to unique and eye-catching designs able to compliment a wider range of surroundings, a solar shade can often be the best option for window treatments. Learning more about what makes these shades unique can allow home and property owners to more easily find and select window coverings that may be better suited to their needs.

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  • How To Choose The Right Window Treatments

    Posted on April 20 2019

    Window treatments are essential when redesigning indoor spaces. When considering window treatments, we need to think about a lot of factors to arrive at what works perfectly. Unfortunately, these add-ons come as an afterthought for most homeowners. You will need to ask yourself a few critical questions to ensure you choose the right window treatment. What is your goal? Are you considering window treatment to increase privacy? Do you need more light in your room? Here is everything you need to know.

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  • What are Plantation Shutters

    Posted on April 10 2019

    Different parts of your home may require different window treatment considerations. North-facing windows may be colder and experience more wind. West-facing windows can be hotter with later direct sunlight. Cafe style shutters are a workable solution to the evening sun. The louvers in the bottom half of the shutter close independently from the top half. The bright sun is blocked at eye level, and the top louver allows ample light to stream in. Windows closest to the street may be noisier. Your window installation advisor can answer all your questions.v

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  • Overtones Review

    Posted on July 20 2017

    We have been selling Comfortex Window Treatments for over 20 years, they’re a great company.  A few months ago they re-launched one of the prettiest and most versatile shades we’ve ever sold.  It’s called the Comfortex Overtone.  It has been redesigned, has more fabric options, and has really been refined over the first generation.  It has become one of our most popular shades and for good reason. The shade’s fabric vanes can be opened at any height allowing you to see through a sheer.  They are double sided roller shades that bypass each other while raising or lowering the shade.  They have a nicely finished fabric wrapped headrail and the bottom rail is also fabric wrapped.  I think the bottom rail is a very nice touch and a definite improvement over the last generation.

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  • Everything you wanted to know about Window Treatments.

    Posted on August 09 2014

    2 inch Horizontal Blind: Pros: affordable, versatile, practical, provide a high level of light blockage and control, several different manufacturers to choose from. Cons: Not a blind designed to be raised and lowered a lot. Best suited to turning the louvers, due to weight at larger sizes. Dust collector.

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  • Hunter Douglas 16 foot center stack vertiglide

    Posted on May 17 2014

    We just installed this Vertiglide this week, it's a bit unusual because it's so large. It's a Hunter Douglas, Applause, Lifescape fabric, and I think it turned out great, have a look for yourself.This guy, all 16 feet of it, is as big as we can go on one headrail. Let's say you have a 20 foot slider, in that case we'd have to do two individual 10 footers, one going left one right. The Hunter Douglas Vertiglide is now the most popular treatment for the sliders. #1 in energy efficiency and it's the only product that the stack when open practically disappears. It has replace my beloved vertical blinds, but we still sell a lot of the verticals, just not as many. Thanks for reading.

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  • New Vertical Blinds & Window Coverings in our Showroom

    Posted on March 20 2014

    Sometimes we get so busy installing and repairing other peoples window treatments we forget to take care of and upgrade ours in the showroom.  I’ve got a couple of blinds that I’ve made fun of for years that I’m not going to miss one bit.  We were joking the other day that one reason why folks are so happy with their new blinds is that after seeing the showroom sample their expectations were blown away.  We had this ugly black and yellow honeycomb with cord locks on it that drove me crazy.  First off, we won’t even sell a blind with a cord lock, and second, nobody orders black or yellow honeycombs.

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  • Hunter Douglas and Comfortex Rebates

    Posted on February 12 2014

    Our two main suppliers of window treatments, Hunter Douglas and Comfortex, are currently giving some rebates for some of their products.  Comfortex is giving a $25 Rebate for every 2 inch Shangri-La Sheer Horizontal Treatment, Cellular Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Honeycomb, and Persona Roman Shade.  Also they are giving a $50 Rebate for 3 inch Shangri-La’s, and Odysee Cellular Blinds.  These rebates are one for every shade ordered and are good until April 30th.

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  • Window Treatment Cords & Child Safety

    Posted on January 04 2014

    Just recently I've had a couple customers that have been upset by the fact that we won't allow a free hanging weight on vertical blinds like in the past. The reason for this is that Federal Law has told us this is illegal due to children and pets getting caught in the cord loops and choking. We are mandated to fasten all cords to the wall with a tension pulley.

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  • Hunter Douglas Solera is fantastic!!

    Posted on December 28 2013

    The newest edition to the Hunter Douglas family is the Hobbled Roman Shade called the Solera.  It is beautiful, elegant, and easy to operate.  What I really like best about it is the way it compacts so neatly at the top head rail when it's open, unlike traditional romans that have a lot of "stack."  It comes in light filtering and room darkening options.  And similar to the honeycomb's design, it has pockets that are designed to make the shade more energy efficient.  I just ordered a Solera sample for our showroom this and should have it up next week.  Stop by the showroom and have a look at all our products on display, or as always we'll bring the samples and come right to you. 

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