Blinds are an amazing, versatile window treatment, but there are so many different styles out there, it can be hard to find the right one for your home. First, you need to decide if your home needs vertical or horizontal blinds. Now, you may be wondering why it matters, but we are here to help you work through this process and find exactly what you need. First off, what is the real difference between the two?
Vertical Blinds are made from long vertical slats that are connected to a track at the top of the window or door. You can choose from tons of colors, styles, and materials, including fabric and vinyl. You even get to customize the operating system for your blinds, so you get the one that works best for you.
Horizontal Blinds feature horizontal slats, hence the name. Not only can you open or close them completely, you can also rotate the slats to adjust the amount of light and privacy in your home. These blinds come with the option of wood, metal, or alternative wood. You can also choose from a variety of operating systems, including a cord and pulley system, retractable cords, or a motorized system.
Once you are clear on the difference between these two products, you must decide which is best for you home.
First, the size of the window is one of the most important things to consider. Vertical blinds are best for wide windows, as well as sliding doors. When it comes to glass doors, having vertical blinds makes it much more convenient to open the door. You don’t have to open them all the way just to walk through. Taller and narrower windows are better for horizontal blinds because they are sturdier and easier to open and close.
Next, you should consider what direction your window is facing. For north and south facing windows, horizontal blinds are better, because of how the sun will hit them. Vertical blinds are best for windows that face east and west. By considering this factor when choosing between horizontal and vertical blinds, you will influence the angle that light filters into your home.
You should also take into consideration how much privacy you need in the room where you are installing your new blinds. If they are going into a bathroom or bedroom, you will likely consider privacy to be very important. Horizontal blinds tend to be much better for privacy, unlike vertical blinds. Vertical blinds can be easily bumped open, which would allow for peering eyes to see into your home. Horizontal blinds don’t do this.
If you still aren’t completely sure which blinds are best for your home, give us a call or stop by our Haddon Heights showroom. For sixty-five years, Albert’s South Jersey Wallpaper has provided high quality window and wall coverings to Haddon Heights and the surrounding area, including Sewell and Mullica Hill, New Jersey. We are family owned and operated, so you can expect to get personal, professional service from our incredible team of experts.
In this article, Awnings, Blinds, and Shutters by Albert’s South Jersey Wallpaper—located in Haddon Heights, New Jersey (NJ)—are here to tell you what makes cellular shades from Hunter Douglas so innovative. We also carry the full selection of Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, shutters, and motorized window coverings.
At Albert’s South Jersey Wallpaper, we offer an incredible variety of window treatments, from blinds to shutters and everything in between. One of the most innovative varieties is the cellular shade.
Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, were created in the 1980s in response to the nation’s energy crisis of the previous decade. Experts have known for decades that windows can account for up to 50% of a home’s energy loss as heating and air-conditioning leak out through thin glass or between the window and the trim.
The cells that make up these energy efficient shades are designed to trap the cold winter air trying to enter your home and to keep your air-conditioning inside in the summer. If you want increased efficiency, some cellular shades come with two or three layers of cells, while others allow you to add extra layers of insulating material within each cell. In addition to keeping warm or cold air where it should be, these unique window coverings also block unwanted noise from the outside and can dampen echoes that often occur in a large room or one without carpeting or upholstered furnishings.
Unlike real wood blinds that tend to look traditional, or panel track shades, which look more contemporary, cellular shades work well with any type of décor. They work well with curtains, draperies, and valances, or are perfectly able to dress up your windows on their own. They are available in a wide range of colors, allowing them to blend in with your wall color or window trim, or add some visual interest to your room with a contrasting color.
Honeycomb shades offer a wide range of light control options. If you want less light control, you can select a translucent fabric. If you need to darken your room for a daytime sleeper or to watch your favorite movie, an opaque fabric can be used. Whatever level of light control you choose, your cellular shades will still protect your furnishings and flooring, because their fabric filters out damaging UV rays when the shades are closed.
Cellular shades are a great choice for homes with children or pets. While the standard operating system for these window treatments is corded, they are also available without cords, eliminating the risk of entanglement. Unlike aluminum blinds, which have slats that can become bent, the solid construction of cellular shades stands up well against little hands and furry friends trying to see out the window.
The window treatment experts at Albert’s South Jersey Wallpaper can help you create the perfect cellular shades for your home based on your décor and light control needs. We also carry many other styles of window treatments, including blinds, shutters, and other shades, as well as custom drapery, wallcoverings, and awnings.
If you live in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester counties, or within the tri-state area, we encourage you to visit our showroom in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.
With spring rapidly approaching, you may want a new look for your home to match! A simple and innovative way to do this is by considering plantation shutters for your home’s window treatments. Aside from aesthetic appeal, plantation shutters also have a multitude of practical benefits including light control. Awnings, Blinds, & Shutters by Albert’s South Jersey Wallpaper of Haddon Heights, NJ offers you more information below so that you may see if custom plantation shutters would be a good fit for your home.
Benefits of Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters can bring aesthetic appeal to any home, by adding an element of gentle elegance to your space. On top of this great look, they also add numerous functional benefits. One of their main functional benefits is light control. These window treatments are designed for aesthetic appeal, but also with the purpose to control the light that enters your home. The wooden slats that the shutters are comprised of block light very effectively. Plantation shutters also have no dangling cords making them some of the easiest window treatments to control. This allows you to easily allow the perfect amount of light into your home!
Hunter Douglas Shutters
The hardwood shutters that we offer are Heritance® shutters, but as your local Hunter Douglas dealer, we offer you the most quality custom Hunter Douglas shutters, including two other styles listed below:
- Heritance® – These hardwood shutters are crafted from real wood and use dovetail construction for maximum strength and durability. They are also available in a large selection of stain and paint finishes.
- NewStyle® – These value-priced hybrid shutters blend the beauty of real wood and advanced modern-day materials to create a stunning and durable window covering for any room.
- Palm Beach™ – These shutters are constructed with UV resistant Polysatin® compound, so they’re guaranteed never to warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor, regardless of extreme heat or moisture.
Professional Help in Haddon Heights, NJ
If you think you’re ready to explore the advantages of plantation shutters, then it is time to stop by your favorite third-generation family-run business, Awnings, Blinds, & Shutters by Albert’s Wallpaper. We are located in Haddon Heights, NJ and have been proudly serving New Jersey’s Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties and tri-state area for over 65 years. We specialize in motorized retractable awnings, custom blinds, and shutters – including child-safe options – as well as discount wallpaper, shades, custom window treatments, and the area’s finest collection of wall coverings. In addition to our quality products, we also offer great people including expert installers that can work with windows of almost any shape. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the greatest satisfaction and that’s why we will work closely with you from start to finish on your next project. Please do not hesitate to contact us today!
At first glance, blinds bought ready-made online or from a retail store may seem fine, but custom blinds offer so much more. Here’s why your home needs custom blinds.
When you buy custom blinds, the selection is almost endless. There are numerous materials, colors, textures, and added touches available. Plus, your windows may not be uniform, and they may need custom window treatments to fit them properly.
Horizontal blinds made to cover windows that open up and down can be made from wood, faux wood, aluminum, or vinyl. Wood blinds offer a traditional look and natural beauty when they are stained. For a similar look that can withstand heat and humidity, you can use faux wood blinds. Aluminum and vinyl are both durable and easy to clean. Vertical blinds are available in the same materials as horizontal blinds, plus they can be fabric for a softer look. Vertical blinds work well on wide expanses of glass, like sliding glass doors, and windows that open to the side, and both orientations come in a range of vane or slat widths.
Every type of blind is available in numerous finishes or colors. Wood and faux wood can be stained or painted to match your window trim. Select aluminum horizontal blinds in a bright color or vinyl vertical blinds in a unique pattern to add some interest to your walls. Cornices and decorative tapes can be added for even more personal style. Custom blinds are able to beautifully cover windows by themselves, or they coordinate perfectly with draperies or curtains.
Custom blinds are specifically made to fit your windows, so you don’t have to settle for whatever blinds are available at the store in the right size. Once you decide what type of blinds you want, your windows are professionally measured before your new window treatments are created. This customization also allows you to cover windows that are unusual shapes, like arches, circles, or angles. Once your blinds are finished, they are installed by experts, so you don’t have to worry about hanging them straight or being sturdy enough that they won’t fall.
Horizontal and vertical blinds offer incredible flexibility in light control and privacy. For an open view, horizontal blinds can be pulled to the top of the window and vertical blinds can be moved to the side. For partial privacy and filtered light, they can be drawn over the window with the vanes or slats open. When you need a darkened room during the day for daytime nappers or to watch a movie, the vanes or slats can be closed completely.
At Alberts South Jersey Wallpaper, we can help you create the perfect custom blinds for your home or business by selecting the orientation, material, color, and size. We can also help you with your other window treatment, awning, and wallcovering needs. Come visit our showroom in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. We proudly serve homeowners and business owners in Haddon Heights, Sewell, Mullica Hill, Mickleton, Chenny Hill, Haddonfield, Voorhees, Mt. Laure, and Moorestown, New Jersey.
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