Window Shades for Architectural Windows

October 11, 2010

As glazing techniques become more sophisticated, energy efficiency issues are addressed in the glass itself. The idea that shades are required to lower heat flow takes a backseat to how much light is or isn't admitted and how they can add to the beauty of the window design while achieving privacy and noise abatement.

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Main Points of Window Shades for Architectural windows

  • What materials can be used? Thin slatted wood, fabric, fiberglass, cellular, or vinyl are the most common.
  • Shades can be rolled and unrolled either by hand or electronically. Shade material on a roller is standard and can also be manufactured to cover non-standard shapes. Dramatic effects can be achieved by up-down, side-to-side, or diagonal motions.
  • What will be seen? Shades should blend in with the existing decor of the room. Creativity can be unleashed to make shades with solid colors, patterns, pictures, outdoor scenes, etc. You can't forget the outside either. Will visitors and passers-by see color matching the exterior of the building, contrasting colors or even something bizarre?
  • How much are you willing to spend? Size and materials used vary from the inexpensive roll-up cord-drawn, lever-operated, to sophisticated motor-driven arrangements.

Roller shades in fabric and vinyl are priced $35-$230 depending on size, composition, and applied art. Woven wood shades are priced $70-$400. Motorized shades are priced $320-$750 and beyond. All prices are approximate.

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