Insulating cell shades by Las Vegas Shutter Company - Summerlin Henderson Ken GreggFrom Summerlin to Henderson, Las Vegas has been feeling the winter-like temperatures from the polar vortex blanketing the US.

It’s days like this that make us think about ways to make our homes warmer, even in the desert.  You can lose 20% or more of your home’s heat just through windows.BUT, with  cellular shades or honeycomb shades, you can preserve much of the home’s climate without losing the natural light in the room.  Cellular shades are easy to clean and maintain.  They stack almost completely so you don’t see them when they are raised. …and the main benefit is that they can more than double the energy efficiency of double pane windows that don’t have a shade.

There are many different customizations you can make for cell shades, including lift options, fabric types, colors and cell sizes.

Cellular shades with honeycombs that are less than three-eighths of an inch are classified as “small cell shades.” These are typically very flexible, and give the end user excellent insulating properties. Small cells allow window treatments to have multiple cells for added insulation.

Mid-sized cells are in the range of a half inch. Most single cell shades are usually considered mid-sized. Like the smaller honeycombs, they are still fairly flexible, however, they don’t offer as much insulation as the small cells.

Larger cell shades don’t provide the end customer as much insulation as small or medium sized shades, but larger sized honeycombs support large window treatments very well, and should be considered for large windows.

Energy efficiency is a real economic benefit and investing in cell or honeycomb shades can pay for itself quickly through increased energy savings!

Now is a great time to evaluate energy-saving options for your home in Henderson, Summerlin or anywhere in the Las Vegas area. Please contact Las Vegas Shutter Company to learn more.  Ken Gregg has been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades. Call Ken directly at 702.896.6900 and he will give you a free in-person consultation.

The sun here is not trivial. It’s intense almost all year round, as you know.

sun damaged carpetThe effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light is constant and destructive. Carpets and wood floors, especially, can endure permanent damage with just a little bit of regular sunlight exposure. Ultraviolet (or “UV”) light literally bleaches your floors and carpets.  The sun’s infrared light (“IR”) is where the heat comes from.

The extreme solution is not to have the sunlight come into the room, but a sunless room isn’t what most of us want.  Blinds, curtains, shutters or shades can help regulate sunlight, but the intensity of the Las Vegas sun can even damage these window coverings. Not protecting your floors and even your window coverings means thousands of dollars of repair work every couple of years.

So, what’s the solution?

Solar screens.

howsolarscreenswork-1The majority of sunlight striking an unprotected glass window passes through into the home, and a small percent is reflected. Solar screens reduce the amount of sunlight striking the window. Most of the sun’s heat is absorbed or reflected by the screen and carried away by convective air currents created by the warm screen. In midsummer, as much as 230 BTUs can heat up an unprotected square foot of glass. This is a scientific way of saying you can almost cook on unprotected glass that receives direct sunlight!

With solar screens from Las Vegas Shutter Company, up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare can be deflected and dissipated before it strikes the window.

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and protect your home’s interior.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

You need solar screens. They pay for themselves fast. Here are the facts.

The Problem

Windows create a pathway for solar radiation to enter the home as heat and light. This heat gain accounts for as much as a third of the cooling costs in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy use in the home is determined, in part, by the number and orientation of the openings.

Windows and doors create a breach in an otherwise well-insulated wall.

Retrofitting an inefficient home usually requires replacing windows and doors and adding insulation to interior walls, but there are other approaches that cost less.

The Solution

Solar screens on a window offers a significant energy efficiency without major construction.

These screens block unwanted heat gain while keeping your view outside as much as possible.

Solar screens are rated according to their “openness factor,” a measure of the degree of obstruction to the view.

Solar screens are made from a variety of plastics, generally gray to black in color. They are woven into a mesh that blocks some of the sun’s radiant energy while still allowing a view outside.

Limitations

Solar screens do alter the view outside, so you may want to consider installation options that allow a screen to be removable. You might consider an interior screen that operates like a roller shade, giving you the option in different seasons to either block the sun’s energy or allow it into the house to reduce heating costs, however, an interior screen only blocks radiant energy after it is in your house, so some of the absorbed heat is radiated back into the room rather than back to the outside.

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Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and reduce your energy bills.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

Big window openings often pose big challenges when figuring out the best way to provide flexible covering.

Conventionally, we think about the standard vertical blinds solution, but there are more creative choices available you should also consider. We review a few of them in this post.

Folding Panels and Folding Doors

Natural folding doors can give you a natural, modern look.

Woven wood or bamboo folding doors are ideal for use as room dividers and ways to address treatment for extra-large windows and sliding doors. These blinds are usually hand-made and hand-operated to insure no cords will pose any potential threats. You have choices between light and dark filtering materials. Liner attachments come in white, beige or cream. The high-quality, lightweight aluminum track folds the panels in an accordion-style.

Panel Track Shades and Sliding Panels

Similar in some ways to folding doors, panel track shades run on a track above the panels that allows them to be stacked on top of one another when opened.

A sliding panel solution is one of the most popular options for oversized windows or sliding doors. Panel track shades come in a large variety of different colors and patterns. Budget friendly options are available in light-filtering neutrals like linen. Heavier filtering options are also available that have blackout fabrics or solar shade-type fabrics with 5% openings.  For those who want as much sun as possible to filter through their windows, choose a light-filtering or solar shade fabric. Sliding panels are ideal for large windows facing the east and west during those glare-heavy sunrises and sunsets.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are the traditional option for extra large windows. Due to their popularity, you can usually match your existing window treatment design with options in synthetic wood, vinyl or fabric. Some models give the appearance of drapery while acting like a blind because their translucent fabric gives off an elegant, light look. These are perfect for sliding doors or oversized windows.

Other Options

You can also cover your oversized windows with Plantation Shutters or Standard Roller/Solar Shades, depending on how large the window or sliding door is. Plantation shutters can be built in sections, although this option could get very pricey very quickly!

In summary, you have more options than you likely have been considering.

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

Plantation shutters are among the most durable window treatments and can last for years if properly maintained. However, their efficient design doesn’t mean you can completely ignore them after installation. Here are a few tips on how to keep your plantation shutters clean.

TIP #1:

Fill a container with about a half-gallon of water, preferably distilled water, although it is not required. For more difficult to remove dirt or stains, use a water-based household cleaner or add a small amount of mild soap or detergent to the water.

DON’T use chlorine based cleaners or other cleaners containing organic solvents. These can degrade the surface appearance and durability of the shutters.

TIP #2:

Use a soft cloth and dip it into the water and cleaner. Clean both sides of the shutters, watching for the small areas between strings that may be missed by the cloth and require extra attention.

DON’T use cleaning utensils with rough edges that may scratch or damage the louvers (slats).

TIP #3:

Dip a dry cloth into a new container of clean water and wipe all the louvers, or slats, of the shutters with the damp cloth. This will remove any remaining cleaning residue, which could reduce the durability of your shutters.

TIP #4

Dry the shutters with a soft, dry cloth. This is important even for synthetic shutters, but VERY important for real wood shutters to avoid warping the shutters from water absorption.

TIP #5

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions.  He and his team have been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

Call Ken Gregg at Las Vegas Shutter Company - 702-896-6900Window blinds are available in a variety of materials – wood and synthetic, man-made materials. Each option offers quality products.  In this post, we discuss the pros and cons of vinyl versus wood blinds.

Vinyl blinds are often called “faux wood” or “imitation wood” blinds. The vinyl is pressed or extruded to “look” like real wood but the materials resist warping, cracking and fading better than real wood. Vinyl blinds are a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens and any generally humid environment. They are also a good choice for homes with children, as they can stand up to a kid’s wear.

Another synthetic alternative to real wood is composite wood. The slats of composite wood blinds generally have a wood core coated with a high-tech polymer. Composite wood blinds are slightly more upscale but have a more refined look than plain vinyl.

Wood blinds also have unique benefits that should be considered. The slats of wood blinds are made from hardwoods such as basswood. Real wood blinds tend to be lighter than vinyl and thus require less “ladders” (the strings that support each slat). The weight of a window blind is an important consideration if you are buying a horizontal blind for a large window, and it is easier to lift and lower a large wood blind than a faux wood blind.

The main reason for choosing wood over synthetic alternatives is aesthetics. Some people prefer only real wood blinds. Real wood blinds can look like a piece of fine furniture, however, if you intend to paint your wood blinds, you might as well buy a more durable synthetic blind.

To summarize, synthetic blinds are better for hot, humid rooms where moisture resistance is important. Synthetic blinds are also good for high traffic areas and windows or doors that receive a lot of direct sun. Synthetics are also less expensive than wood blinds. Wood blinds are better if you desire a more upscale look and for large windows where the weight of a vinyl blind might be excessive.  Also, beware of cheap foam blinds that are flimsy, sag quickly and often have inferior headrails or other weak components.

One suggestion: you might consider installing authentic wood blinds in more formal rooms to provide an upscale look and install synthetic window blinds in working or private rooms where guests are not entertained.

How to find the best option for you: Call Ken Gregg.  He has been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

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If you clean your screens regularly, you won’t need to purchase a cleaning solution.  Cleaning your solar screens is easy and won’t take much time.

Las Vegas Shutter Company - Custom Installation of Blinds, Shutters, Solar Screens and Window Coverings - Ken Gregg - Las Vegas Henderson Summerlin - Ken Gregg - Solar ScreensTo begin, you will need a few supplies – some you already have at home and the rest can be purchased at Target, WalMart, Home Depot, Lowe’s of a similar store:

  • Bucket
  • Synthetic sponge
  • Soft bristled brush
  • Water
  • Mild Soap
  • Dry cotton cloth
  • And of course, bit of sunshine!

 

Seven Steps for Solar Screen Cleaning:

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water and mild soap.
  2. Remove the solar screen from window.
  3. Use the sponge and brush to remove dirt from the screen by scrubbing lightly across the entire surface. Be careful not to press too firmly on the screens when cleaning.
  4. Rinse the screen with water.
  5. Once rinsed, check to see if any dirt remains; if so, repeat the cleaning process.
  6. Rinse a final time with water.
  7. Dry the screens with a soft absorbent cloth first and then complete the drying process by sitting the screens in an open, sunny spot.

That’s all there is to it!

If you’re thinking about installing solar screens for your home in Henderson, Summerlin or anywhere in the Las Vegas area, please contact Las Vegas Shutter Company.  Ken Gregg has been installing solar screens, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades. Call Ken directly at 702.896.6900 and he will give you a free in-person consultation.

Call Ken Gregg at Las Vegas Shutter Company - 702-896-6900Almost every week, a child dies from strangulation by the cords of a window blind. Such tragedies are unnecessary and entirely avoidable.  Below we discuss some options to make sure the window treatments in your home are safe for young children.

The most popular window treatment option, in terms of child safety, would be a cordless blind.  Cordless blinds are available in honeycomb shades, pleated shades, and roller shades and offer a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns to choose from. Cordless blinds operate with a simple pull up, and pull down method, which eliminates anything hanging down that could be a choking or a strangling hazard.  Cordless blinds present a clean look and easy operation.

Another alternative is to consider shutters.  This option offers an upgraded look with no cords.

Call Ken Gregg at Las Vegas Shutter Company - 702-896-6900A final alternative is a shade with a simple cord on one side and a cord cleat that the cord can be wrapped around.  Even blinds with multiple cords can become child-safe by using cord cleats.

In summary, there are lots of different options that can fit into just about any budget.  Call Ken Gregg and invite him to stop by your home and introduce you to all the possible child-safe options available for blinds and shutters.

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“For 20 years, Ken Gregg has been helping the residents of Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson get the best price and the best quality window coverings. Give him a call and let him give you a professional consultation. It won’t cost you a cent and you won’t regret it.”Blinds or shutters? Each has its own set of advantages.  We’ll attempt to quickly summarize the key points for you here, and we encourage you to contact Ken Gregg for a more in-depth discussion about which may be ideal for your situation.

Cost

Cost is often the main driver.  Blinds are usually less expensive, but you can find some affordable shutters at reasonable prices, too.

Space Considerations

Blinds stay within the window frame and don’t require any space considerations related to swinging into a room.  You have to consider the swing radius into your room if you have shutters, and this can impair where you can place furniture without blocking the shutter’s arc.

Light Considerations

Shutters require a bit of supporting framework which blocks some of the light from entering the room.  Blinds don’t have the same framework and thus allow more light into the room. Good blinds can be raised or parted into a balance so that, when raised, you don’t even see the blades of the blind.

Warranties

Usually, blinds carry a smaller term on the warranty, such as 3-5 years.  Shutters, however, typically carry a longer warranty, such as 15 years.

Contribution to Home Value

While shutters are typically more expensive to install, they add more value to a home’s price when it’s time to sell.  Shutters have a much more finished look in a home versus blinds; however, high quality blinds can often contribute the same value to a home price as good shutters.

Aesthetics

This consideration is less empirical than the others, but something you should consider nonetheless.  Shutters and blinds can create a different ambiance to a room and sometimes you just have to give both the “eye test” to see which better fits your taste. This is an area where a seasoned consultant like Ken Gregg can really help.

Conclusion

In summary, there is no clear choice for either blinds or shutters.  Weigh the pros and cons of each topic above.  Then, call Ken Gregg and invite him to stop by and give you a free design consultation.

Ken Gregg has been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. Call Ken directly at 702.896.6900 to schedule a free in-person consultation.

Las Vegas Shutter Company - Custom Installation of Blinds, Shutters, Solar Screens and Window Coverings - Ken Gregg - Las Vegas Henderson SummerlinThe window covering industry has rapidly evolved in the past few years.  Deciding what kind of covering is best for you and your budget can be overwhelming. Learning how to best care for your window coverings is also important.

Our blog is dedicated to helping you become educated about the latest options and technologies.  We will also share maintenance tips and other useful information about your blinds, shutters, solar screens and other window coverings.  Finally, we will showcase, from time to time, some of the installations we have completed for your neighbors to help you visualize the possibilities for your own home.

You may not see our name on billboards and we don’t have a novel branding gimmick, but we do have the best prices, a very experienced team, quality workmanship and rapid responsiveness. We’ve been doing this in Summerlin, Henderson and across the entire Las Vegas valley for 20 years.

Give us a call at 702.896.6900 to schedule an in-home consultation. The design consultation is free and we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.