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Window Treatments

The term "window treatments" refer to the broad category of interior coverings for windows and can be divided into shades, blinds, and curtains.

When considering changing your window treatments, here are some tips:

Shades

Designed primarily to block out sunlight, shades can also provide some degree of insulation by trapping air between the shade and the window glass. Shades can be used with curtains or alone.

Blinds

Blinds are interconnected slats that can be opened and closed to control the amount of light that passes between the slats. Like shades, they can also provide some insulation. Some blinds are constructed with a sheer fabric between the slats for privacy. Blinds retract either vertically or horizontally and are made of vinyl, plastic, metal, or wood. Some blinds are cordless (moved by lifting or lowering the bottom slat) and some are motorized (for hard to reach areas like upper windows). There are even some blinds that are built inside double layered glass to overcome the largest drawback to blinds: dust collection. Blinds come in standard sizes up to about 10 feet wide and are also available in custom sizes.

Curtains

The traditional window covering, curtains may be permanently anchored on the curtain rod, equipped with hoops for sliding along the rod, or hung by hooks that attach to a moving cord for opening and

closing. Curtains range from sheer to heavy material, with the heavier material offering substantial insulation capability. Double rods are available for hanging two sets of curtains, such as a sheer fabric for privacy and a heavy fabric for blocking light and insulation.

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