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difference between blinds and shades

Posted: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: Roller Shades, window blinds, window shading, window treatments
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Do you know the difference between window blinds and window shades? Many have no idea the difference, I talk to people daily about different shading options and often enough I’m asked if there is a difference between blinds and shades. There is a difference in the two shading systems and they both have their benefits to your home or business.

What exactly are window blinds and how will they benefit you? Blinds are made of slats that can stay closed tightly creating more privacy and keeping the sun’s rays out. The slats of blinds can open as well, still creating some privacy while letting natural light in your home. You can open or close your blinds slats at different angles letting the sun in without adding glare to televisions and computer screens or you can angle them so that the sun comes in. Blinds can open and close completely as well, in this instance the slats would come together tightly and you can enjoy more natural lighting in your environment or clean your windows with ease moving the blinds out of your way.

Blinds are however, becoming less and less desirable in today’s market for a couple of reasons. The first reason, which many of you are familiar with, is DUST. Blinds collect a tremendous amount of dust. So much so, that there are special “blind dusters” you need to buy to keep them clean on a weekly basis. There is also the issue of the blinds “stack” when fully raised or retracted. The stack always covers some portion of the glass, which is undesirable if you want to enjoy the full daylight opening of your windows.

Roller shades are a bit simpler and do have less options of use. However shades have no unsightly stack or any tendency to collect dust. Shades have greater insulation and heat reduction properties and are available in a huge number of fabric options. Many architects, designers, business and home owners alike have begun to lean towards roller shades instead of blinds for these very reasons. No matter what you chose for your environment, blinds or shades, there are many options available and both have their benefits for your home or work space.

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