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 .

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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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.

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. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .Call Ken Gregg at Las Vegas Shutter Company - 702-896-6900

“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.