Types of Shades

 

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Cellular Shades

Also commonly referred to as, honeycomb shades. These type of shades filter and block light while insulating window space. Windows and doors are responsible for over 1/3 of a heated home energy lost.

Blinds are typically made of harder materials while shades are made of softer paper-like materials. There are 3 types of cellular shades: single cell, double cell, and triple cell.

Single Cell

  • Less expensive than double cells.
  • They use less material.
  • Use a single layer of pleats.
  • Least insulating of the three cells.

 

Double Cell

  • More energy-efficient than single cells (double energy savings).
  • Shades insulate by trapping air inside of the cells.
  • They are also relatively inexpensive sometimes costing less than a single cell.

 

Triple Cell

  • Most insulation of the three cells.
  • More material is required than lesser cells.
  • Heavier and more expensive than counterparts.
  • Extra weight can make shade operation a bit difficult.

Typically cellular shades are horizontal shades.

 

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Soft Roman Shades

Horizontal sheer Shades

Horizontal Sheer Shades

Sheer shades are a combination of a Blind and Shade. The inner design behaves as a blind with the ability to tilt open and close vanes using a string or rod. While the back consists of a soft fabric as is common with shades. When the shade rolls up both layers are rolled together as is common with a roller shade.

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Roman Shades

Roman shades create soft folds as it is raised or lowered. These can be combined with blinds to add a more elegant look to your home. There are infinite choices with regards to fabrics and patterns not to mention the type ‘drop’ these shades can have. Ranging from a smooth flat fold to a more a more rippled effect called the ‘teardrop style’.

Woven Wood Shades

Woven Wood Shades

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Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are often confused for cellular shades. Thought these shades are very high quality they do not provide the insulation cellular shades do. They are less expensive than cellular shades and also stack more neatly, taking up less room when fully retracted. Pleated shades are made of fabric so they can come in an infinite number of custom colors and designs.

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Solar Shades

Solar shades are designed using special fabrics to block the suns rays and heat while still providing a see-through characteristic. They can range from dark to light (as seen in the above picture) which each configuration coming with its own set of added benefits.

Light

The Light-colored solar shades are able to:

  • Reflect light and heat rather than absorbing it.
  • Allow more daylight to pass through.

Dark

Dark-colored solar shades are able to:

  • Light and heat are absorbed as opposed to being reflected.
  • Less light passes through hence by reducing glare.