Window Treatments: The Various Types

Windows are the eyes into and out of a home. They discreetly sit around a home and can sometimes give the impression that they are not that important. This is far from true. How you treat and dress your windows can either add value and beauty to your home or detract from its appearance. To help guide you through the process of appropriately treating your windows, here is a guide to some of the most popular types of blinds, drapes, and other window treatments:

macro_cordlock_diningroomMetal Blinds: Metal blinds are usually the most economical choice (followed closely by wood blinds). This aluminum window treatment is a long-lasting solution, with a durability that far surpasses other options. You will often find metal blinds that come in a variety of colors and can be mounted inside or outside the window frame–inside the window frame gives it a built-in look; outside the window frame creates a larger and more dramatic appearance.  

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  • Valances and Cornices: First to discuss the difference. A cornice is a hard window top treatment, which is upholstered with fabric taut. A valance is just a short window treatment that goes at the top of the window. The fabric usually hangs loose on a valance. The benefits of these two window treatments are two-fold. First, there is better light blockage. Second, they offer a clean and unique look. These are often constructed with wood and can be covered with any fabric.

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  • Drapery Hardware: This includes all of the rods, rings, tracks, finials and more. You can get all of these pieces in just about any metal, from stainless steel and gun-metal to satin brass and antique bronze. They come in lots of unique styles and designs to fit with any decor. In addition, all of these window treatment hardware pieces will work with rod pocket drapery, goblet, grommet, inverted pleat, pinch pleat, tailored pleat, cubicle draper, ripple fold and other drapery styles. 

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  • Vertical Blinds: This is a newer, more modern look. The innovative alternative is particularly useful in covering wide areas and it has a very simple and durable functionality, but it is also one of the more expensive window treatment solutions. These are available in many different materials and colors, and varying thicknesses allow for a varying amount of privacy. (Bonus tip: these also serve as excellent room dividers).

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  • Wood Blinds: These are classic. You can use many different grains, finishes and stains that give the wood blinds the perfect tone to match your home. You can go for a long-lasting and basic wood, a faux or foamwood (innumerable benefits, including price and moisture, mildew and warping resistance), painted wood, bamboo, laminated wood, high gloss wood. or exotic wood. 

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  • Custom Drapes: Drapes are timeless and, because any fabric can be used, can go with anything and everything. Another advantage to drapes is that you can easily change them throughout the year–no screwdrivers or hammers needed. When choosing drapes, besides the fabric you want, you’ll also need to decided how you would like them to hang. Several traditional drape styles include rod pocket, cubicle, goblet, inverted pleat, grommet, pinch pleat, tailored pleat and ripple fold. (Bonus tip: if you really want something special, get an artisan to design a fabric specifically for you and your family)

Whether you are building a new home, renovating an existing one or moving into one, there are lots of design choices to make. Overwhelming and important decisions can get cast aside or lost in the mix. Don’t let your window treatments get thrown into that category. Think of your windows like pieces of art; frame them and your guests will take special notice. 

Mirrors for Your Dance Studio

If you own a dance studio, you likely think about mirrors a lot more than the average person. Whether you are cleaning tiny fingerprints off your wall of reflection, rolling away a set of Mylar mirrors, or daydreaming about the day you can afford some, reflections probably play a big role in your career.

If you are a dance studio owner looking for information on mirrors, this is just the article for you. In this post we will cover the basics of who should purchase mirrors, why they should do so, and more.

Who should consider purchasing studio mirrors?

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Any studio without mirrors should definitely be looking in to purchasing some. Besides these folks, other people who may want to think about buying high-quality mirrors are those who are currently relying on Mylar roll-away mirrors or cheap, household mirrors for their studio needs.

Why should Mylar and household mirrors be replaced?

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While the cheaper, temporary types of mirrors may have served you well this far, they are not as sturdy as the gym-grade, high-quality options out there. Household mirrors could easily fall and shatter, causing issues with injury and possible lawsuits. Mylar mirrors simply don’t work well after some time and tend to acquire holes, scrapes, and spots that cannot be removed, leading to an unprofessional look in the studio.

For these reasons, Mylar and household mirrors should be replaced with quality glass as soon as possible. 

Why should a new studio invest in mirrors?

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Dancers must see themselves in order to see what to improve. Without a reflection showing them what they are doing wrong, your students will have a much more difficult time advancing in their dancing and have a higher chance of acquiring an injury due to poor form.

Besides the benefits mirrors will offer your pupils, mirrors can also help your teachers perform their very best in class. Teaching a class full of young children is difficult enough as it is. Without a mirror to work with, teachers are forced to be constantly turning back and forth to demonstrate and check on a dancer’s form and execution.

Mirrors allow instructors to do both the demonstrating and the observing simultaneously.

Who should install gym-grade mirrors?

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Heavy dance studio mirrors should always be installed by a professional in order to ensure they are mounted securely. Improperly installed mirrors pose a danger to your dancers. When professionals install your studio mirrors you can rest easy knowing your pupils are safe in their classes, no matter how close to the mirrors they happen to stand.

How should professionally installed mirrors be cared for?

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Sometimes it seems like the youngest students in your studio can’t help but touch the mirrors. Fortunately, caring for high-quality mirrors is as simple as wiping them down with a glass cleaning solution. Additionally, you will be able to clean your high-quality, professionally installed mirrors without the fear of them falling on you or others in the room. Clearly, this is a huge bonus when cleaning must happen on a daily basis. 

As you can see, there are many reasons to have high-quality, professionally installed mirrors in your studio. Because these reasons are important to the success of your business, this is one job you will want to have done as soon as possible.

If you are ready to have mirrors installed in your studio space, we would be thrilled to discuss your needs so we can provide you with the best possible product and service for your business.

Please contact us at Windows, Mirrors, and Doors so we can get started in improving your classes right away. 

More shower doors that will make you want to stay home

Is there anything more luxurious than a modern, gorgeous shower?  It doesn’t matter what the rest of the house looks like.  In that moment, when you step into a spa-like shower, nothing else matters.  So how gorgeous can they get?  Let’s take a look at some ultra-lux rooms that will have you heading for the showers yourself.

Bend it Like…

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Round glass doors complete this modern Dallas, Texas shower enclosure.  While they complement the design, they don’t overwhelm it so the focus is still on the curved tile and seat.  Don’t forget to notice the rainfall shower head!

Illusion

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When you like the look of a walk-in shower, but don’t have the space to waste, glass can make it happen.  With the look and feel of a Finnish sauna, the streamline design in this Toronto shower continues with the chrome handle on the glass door, a nod to the fixtures in the shower itself.

Just Beachy

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If you’re feeling beachy, you’ll love this shower from Nantucket.  The pebbly shower floor brings the beach inside, and the two sides of glass wall and door make it feel more like part of the room than you would have thought possible.

Captain of Industry

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A stunning use of glass and metal, this shower enclosure in San Fransisco will have you wowing when you walk in.  An example of modern industrial design, it flows with straight lines and open space.  In this room, they carried the dark color of the metal throughout the bathroom by using a dark mirror and industrial hangings for the lighting.

Contemp-raditional?  Is That a Word?

In this contemporary take on a traditional theme in Montana, elements from both design trends are visible with an unusual use of glass enclosure at a forty-five degree angle that nearly cuts the large room in two.  Maximizing the visual space, using clear glass allows the room to be two distinctly designed places in the same area.
In this contemporary take on a traditional theme in Montana, elements from both design trends are visible with an unusual use of glass enclosure at a forty-five degree angle that nearly cuts the large room in two.  Maximizing the visual space, using clear glass allows the room to be two distinctly designed places in the same area.

Clear as Day

An ultra-modern, contemporary design in a Chicago split-level penthouse, this shower looks like it's made of air.  The square fixtures are mirrored in the fittings for the glass door, and the fact that the glass goes from floor to ceiling means that not only does it look like air, but it will keep in all the steam of the shower.
An ultra-modern, contemporary design in a Chicago split-level penthouse, this shower looks like it’s made of air.  The square fixtures are mirrored in the fittings for the glass door, and the fact that the glass goes from floor to ceiling means that not only does it look like air, but it will keep in all the steam of the shower.

Minimalist

This modern bath in Austin, Texas has simplicity in its favor.  All light is allowed through, and every line is simple and complete.  The glass wall is also simple, and in being so, adds elegance to the design.
This modern bath in Austin, Texas has simplicity in its favor.  All light is allowed through, and every line is simple and complete.  The glass wall is also simple, and in being so, adds elegance to the design.

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In this Los Angeles shower, everything needs to be seen.  With a stunning floor and the deep colors of the subway tile and wood, glass for half the walls was a necessity.
In this Los Angeles shower, everything needs to be seen.  With a stunning floor and the deep colors of the subway tile and wood, glass for half the walls was a necessity.

Decadence

In Wallingford, Connecticut, there is a corner shower that is so decadent, so beautiful, it has crown molding.  The pentagon shaped shower is glass on three of its five sides, flowing with the room while setting itself apart.
In Wallingford, Connecticut, there is a corner shower that is so decadent, so beautiful, it has crown molding.  The pentagon shaped shower is glass on three of its five sides, flowing with the room while setting itself apart.

So what do you think?

Have you been inspired?  If you’re ready to plan out your new shower surround, that’s great!  What you want will depend on these factors:

  • Style–What kind of design are you looking to achieve in your home?
  • Space–Glass can be a tool to make a smaller space look larger or a larger space look more defined.  What kind of space you have determines how glass will be used in that space.

There are so many great ways to use glass in your shower area.  These inspiring ideas are just a few.  If you need help in planning your shower surround, contact us and we will be glad to talk to you about the possibilities!

When do you call a professional to fix your windows?

What do you need to know about windows? You have them, you like to look out of them, you know you need to clean them occasionally, but is there something else you really need to know? Aren’t windows one of those things you can take for granted? Probably not. Let’s look at some window basics.

When Do I Call a Professional? 

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Replacing Screens- This is a repair that many homeowners can do on their own. See our blog for instructions. There’s also window screen repair kits available online and at Home Depot. However, if you are concerned about your ability to do this, or you are having difficulty matching the screening to other doors and windows in your home seek professionals to help you match styles and create a beautiful exterior.

 

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Painting- Not all window and door frames can be painted. When you have your windows and doors installed, discuss this with your installation specialist. Vinyl frames cannot be painted so you will want to choose a color that will work for you long-term. If you try to paint over the vinyl the paint will peel, quickly, leaving a mess and unattractive windows. You’ll also have to keep in mind matching the color to the rest of the room, making sure it won’t warp over time, and properly sanding the surface beforehand. Its doable but we can definitely make it easier and less problematic.

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Broken Glass- When glass in a window gets broken, it is important that the replacement glass is correctly installed to assure a proper seal and matching look. If you use glass treated differently, such as a lack of a UV layer, when other windows are UV treated, untreated windows mar the aesthetics of your home. The way light enters the home is changed, creating a difference in indoor lighting and supplemental lighting needs, as well. Here we recommend having a professional look into reinstalling the window because of potential damage to the frame, the wall, and making sure the replacement window is up to par.

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Warped or Ill-Fitting Frames- Always be sure your windows are covered by good guarantees. Hiring installers authorized for the products they install means you won’t need to worry about defects in your windows. This is not where you want to try to save a few bucks as it will usually mean long-term expenses you should not have to deal with.  There’s often internal and structure damage that will not only come back but keep causing more problems – water, humidity, poor fitting, and pests.

Of course you can always give us a call anytime – 305.246.8050