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Retractable Awnings and home value

Posted: Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Filed under: awnings, exterior shades, Home cooling
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Retractable Awnings

Retractable Awnings

Most of us want to save energy cost and control the elements of the weather when it comes to our homes. Summer days mean hot uncomfortable days and winter days can mean pouring rain for most of us. Being this is true for most of us, many of us should look into adding a retractable awning to our backyard patio or some of our windows that are most effected by the weather’s elements.

The benefits of a retractable awning are that of many! On a rainy day, stepping outdoors under an awning will be a dry moment instead of a wet moment. On a hot day there are many benefits as well. A retractable awning will stop the sun from hitting the part of the home we aim to protect from the heat. Stopping the sun in its tracks will mean saving on energy cost and staying cooler on a hot, otherwise, uncomfortable day!

Installing a quality retractable awning will increase the value of your home as well. Those looking into purchasing will see the benefits of a retractable awning as an investment as well. A quality awning will last a long time and will benefit the new home owner in regards to comfort, eye appeal, and energy cost. Having this addition will allow you to sell your house for a bit more then your neighbor’s home because of these benefits.

There are many attractive, yet durable, options when choosing a retractable awning for your home. Hiring a professional to help you install or to make the best judgment in where and how to install a new awning for your home is best. Decide what you need from a retractable awning and let a professional guide you in the right direction.

Interior Shading Vs. Exterior Shading

Posted: Thursday, July 8th, 2010 | Filed under: Home cooling, Shading systems
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Exterior shading system

Exterior shading system

A window treatment system offers both economic and environmental benefits. While many claim that external shades are more efficient due to their ability to stop light and heat before it enters the home; you don’t have to use energy to remove heat that never enters the building. However, in many cases, external shades are inconvenient, ineffective, and just plain inappropriate.

External shades work best for skylights, sunrooms, greenhouses, and other locations that contain large areas with glass and windows. You can choose from exterior rollup screens, fixed panels, curving systems, or retractable awnings. The last option is also a popular choice for protecting decks, patios, or other outdoor living spaces. Retractable awnings not only shade the outdoor area they cover, they also cool the indoor room to which they are attached.

Internal shading systems come in a variety of designs and styles. They are available in folding shades – such as Roman shades, accordion-style pleated shades, and honeycomb shades – and rolling shades, which include solar shades, privacy shades, and blackout shades. Internal shades are available in a variety of fabrics and design choices, enabling you to match your shades to your style.

You can choose to completely block out 100% of all light with Light-Tight Shades, which seal the edges of the blinds to prevent light from seeping in. Block Out Shades do not have these side channels, but do offer darkening properties that can block up to 99% of natural light. For rooms that you would like darkened, but not necessarily completely light-free, you might consider room darkening shades. These shades substantially reduce natural light that enters a room.

Whether you choose an interior or exterior shade system, you will be happy with both the stylish look and modern functionality of your decision.

Resource: http://www.slideshare.net/sbd09/sun-shade-calculator-for-lahore

What is a Roller Shade?

Posted: Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Folding Shades, Roller Shades, Skylight Shades, window treatments
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Roller Shades

Roller Shades

Roller shades are an excellent window treatment option for many solar control applications, providing a wide choice of systems, styles and fabrics. With a premium being placed on the “clean/minimal” look in many of today’s architecture and design standards, roller shades have quickly become the preferred window covering of modern interiors. That’s because roller shades control sun, heat and glare while also minimizing bulky hardware and the fabric stacks associated with other window treatments. They can also be recessed or fitted with a valance to hide the roller mechanism that lifts each shade.
The wide variety of specialty fabrics available for roller shades gives this window treatment option maximum flexibility in meeting design objectives, both functionally and aesthetically. Choices include solar control sunscreen, privacy/translucent, and room darkening blackout materials. Yet they can be fashionable as well as functional. Recently many manufacturers have begun offering decorative designer fabrics to further enhance the aesthetic range of these durable shades. LEED certified “green” fabrics are also available. We offer a large variety of control options for motorized roller shades, which can include seamless integration into most lighting, audio visual, home automation, and home theatre systems. Complete daylight control is as simple as a touch of a button. Manual shades are available with the classic and reliable stainless steel pull chain. For sun control, for privacy, and for room darkening, roller shades are today’s window treatment of choice.