Okay, so we already know that window treatments are pretty. They look GREAT, increase the control over how much light you let into your home or office and also increase amount of privacy you have.
But is that it?
Well according to www.energy.gov there's a lot more to it. Even regular plantation blinds are reported to give as much as a 45% reduction in heat gain providing that they are "highly reflective."
So how does that translate?
well, from the standpoint of blinds, anything with a glossy surface is bound to provide more protection. Even real wood blinds with a shinier texture will fit this bill quite nicely. Something you have to think about in damp environments however is the (small) possibility of warping.
On the other hand, one thing you're gonna hear us talk a LOT about is solar shades.
Also known as roller shades, these bad boys are both incredibly affordable and specifically tailored to reducing the heat that filters no- POURS in through some of these beachfront homes we have in areas such as 30a, Panama City Beach, and Seaside.
What's that you say? You like the wooden, beachy look?
Well fortunately for you, there are not only solar shades made with what appears to be wood, but actual woven wood shades!
The price point is a little higher but man, the look is what sells. Both of these window treatments come in room darkening, 3% visibility, and blackout as well.
Summing it up
There's a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to blinds, shades, shutters and of course draperies.
They can actually SAVE you money in the long run due to energy savings.
Thanks for reading!
Owner of Draperies By Design
Robert Huey is the Emerald Coast's leading expert on window treatments. From a humble beginning as an installer for interior designers in the area, he has rapidly become an expert of every single type of window treatment, both interior and exterior.