Oct 27 2010
There are tons of options for window treatments,
from insulating shades, to room darkening shades, to cell shades, roman
shades, roller shades and more. However, when it comes to doors, many
wonder what their choices are. Will door blinds be effective in
insulating or blocking light? There are options to choose from and it
won’t be as painful as you think it will.
Advice for Buying Door Blinds
1. Go on-line a do a little research on companies that sell window
treatments on-line. One of the many benefits for ordering on-line is the
door blinds are delivered to your home, no carting them home alone and
struggling to get them in or out of the house. Look for a company that
offers custom blinds. Standards blinds are great for some doors but not
most. You want your door blinds to be a perfect fit.
2. Before making a decision based on looks, consider whether or not
you need insulating blinds, UV/sun blocking blinds, room darkening
blinds or light filtering blinds. If you have a room that’s always cold
because of a door draft, then consider insulating blinds. For south
facing rooms, UV/sun blocking blinds would be a better choice.
3. Once you know the type of blind: roller shades, sun shades, cell
shades or others, find a company that offers the best price on that
product. Some companies offer discounts of up to 30% as a fairly
standard incentive. Other companies offer free shipping. Here are a few
great door blinds:
Solar Screen Window Shades and EcoGreen Roller Shades. These are a
great environmentally friendly window treatment for any door. Roller and
Solar shades are most effective in insulating rooms against heat,
blocking the sun’s glare and blocking UV rays. The EcoGreen line has no
volatile organic compounds and is 100% recyclable and LEED certification
b. Roller Shades and Solar Shades. These professional looking
door blinds bring class to office buildings as well as creating clean,
finished lines to a room. They can generally be installed outside or
inside. There may be an additional charge for exterior components.
c. Light Filtering Insulating Blinds. Insulating means warm.
These door blinds help keep the cold out while letting light in, so you
get privacy and a break on energy bills.
d. Room Darkening Insulating blinds. These are also made of a
honeycomb fabric that helps keep homes warm. They are most often
utilized in bedrooms, offices or home theater rooms.
e. Wood blinds. With a variety of stains, these will compliment
other wood pieces in the room or flooring. The wood slats offer
excellent light control and the wood insulates against outside
f. Vertical blinds. Vertical blinds are what most people think of
when they see large sliding glass doors. These are slatted blinds and
can be had at cost effective prices in faux wood and vinyl.
4. Call before your order and speak to a customer service
representative. Based on how helpful they are, you’ll know if there’s a
problem whether or not they will be willing to help you.
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Check pricing, check deals. Make sure your price lists are equal,
meaning do you get free shipping with one company and not another? What
type of guarantee do they offer if you are unsatisfied?
Door blinds can be elegant, practical and efficient. Now that you have a
few options to choose from, pick the one that suits you best. This is
your home, give it the look and feel you’ll enjoy most.
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