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 .

Call Ken Gregg at Las Vegas Shutter Company - 702-896-6900