Window Coverings

Video: A Crucial Aspect of Window Covering Selection

Posted on March 01, 2019 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When selecting window coverings for your home, there’s one specific aspect you’ll want to keep in mind. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Liam Caldwell of Armstrong Carpet & Linoleum Co. to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Liam Caldwell: The first and most important question when it comes to window covering is what type is appropriate for my house. My first answer is usually drapery should not be thought of these days; little more old-styled, very heavy, and will block and dictate where the furniture in the home will go. From there, the main categories are metal blinds, Read more

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Window Coverings That Optimize Light Control

Posted on February 25, 2019 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — There are several factors to consider when choosing window coverings, from style and material to functionality and even safety. However, perhaps the most significant of all these factors is light control. After all, if you have a beautiful view or rely on the daytime sun to illuminate your home, you’ll want a product that allows you to maximize these features. Additionally, if you’re sensitive to light while sleeping, you should choose a product that’s effective at blocking out exterior illumination.

Draperies, while effective at blocking out light, have a number of practical downsides. Besides having an old-fashioned look, they’re heavy, they impose upon window views and they dictate where furniture can go. Read more

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Video: The Value of Plantation Shutters

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: When shopping for window treatments, there are several styles to choose from, but only one can actually add to your home’s resale value. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Duane Vos of Creative Window Fashions to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Duane Vos: Did you know plantation shutters are the only window covering product that actually adds value to your house? Plantation shutters, no matter whether they’re the real wood, unstained, or whether they’re the composite, or whether they’re the vinyl, they all add the same amount of money in value to your house. So, plantation shutters are not only great insulators, Read more

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The Value of Window Shutters

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK – When it comes to selecting new window treatments, today’s homeowners have numerous options. However, out of the many choices available, only one will substantially add to the value of a home: shutters. Once they’re installed, shutters are considered a “fixed asset,” which puts them in the same league as other permanent fixtures like floors and countertops.

Imagine you were having your home appraised and inside you had several thousand dollars’ worth of custom draperies. In this case, the home appraiser might add $500 to your appraisal for having the windows covered. With shutters, on the other hand, the value added to the home often exceeds the cost of the shutters themselves. Read more

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Cleaning Your Sunbrella® Items

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

SAN ANSELMO — If you own awnings, outdoor cushions or covers made by Sunbrella®, it’s a good idea to clean them following summer use. Fortunately, this is easy to do—just follow this basic procedure:

  1. Brush off loose dirt.
  2. Apply a solution of 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of water.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the fabric.
  4. Allow the solution to sit and soak into the fabric.
  5. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  6. Air dry.

While this basic procedure will take care of bird droppings and other mild stains, in the case of heavy stains like tree sap, Read more

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Video: Material Options for Window Shutters

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

RIPON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When buying window shutters, it’s good to know about the different material options that are available. Today we’re in Ripon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bob Calderera of Shutter City to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bob Calderera: We have 3 major different types of shutters. We have the plastic, which is an excellent option. It gives you the highest in durability, the highest in moisture-resistance. Then you have the composite, which is also an excellent choice for durability, with a lifetime warranties, with several different choices as far as being used as special shades. And then you have the wood shutter, which has more of a designer effect, Read more

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3 Types of Shutter Materials

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

RIPON — When buying shutters to cover your home’s windows, in addition to picking a design, you’ll need to choose from different materials. Your choice of shutter material will likely depend on several factors, from your color and style preferences to your budget size. Here are the three major types of shutter materials available:

Plastic (vinyl)
Plastic shutters are a good choice if you’re on a limited budget. Besides being the least expensive option, plastic shutters are fully weather- and moisture-resistant, which makes them virtually maintenance-free.

Wood
If you have a larger budget and live in a high-end home, consider choosing wood shutters. Since they can be modified to fit uniquely shaped windows or particular color preferences, Read more

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