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These new window shades were purchased at a Diamond Certified window coverings store. You'll feel confident when buying new curtains, blinds or window shades from a window covering company listed above because each has been rated Highest in Quality and has earned Diamond Certified. Read the following articles for more information on how best to buy new window coverings in Marin County. Photo: Shades of Marin (2012) Topic: Finding High Quality Auto Body Shops in Sonoma County

SAN RAFAEL—You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a window coverings company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified window covering company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated window covering company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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James Hislop is a 29-year veteran of the door and window screen industry and owner of Wesco Screen Company Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (415) 854-4985 or by email.

James Hislop

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James Hislop: An Exceptional Ambition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN RAFAEL – While few teenagers expect their summer jobs to turn into lifelong careers, even fewer aspire to one day own the businesses for which they work. For James Hislop, however, it was just such an exceptional ambition that led him to where he is today. “I started working at Wesco Screen Company as a production assistant during the busy summer season,” he remembers. “As I learned the craft and became more involved with the business, I realized I could make a pretty good living if I was able to buy the company. It was an ambitious goal for a guy in my position, but after a decade of putting my nose to the grindstone, I was able to purchase Wesco in 2001.”

After 25 years with the company, James says his favorite part of the job continues to be interacting with customers. “I’ve always enjoyed getting to know people in the local community. When I started it was actually more appealing to me than the work itself, and it’s still the most inspiring aspect of running my business.”

Born and raised in Northern Vermont, James moved to the West Coast as a child and eventually settled in Marin, where he lives today with his girlfriend, Kim, and their two-year old son, Kai. As a Bay Area resident, James says he enjoys both the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the local setting. “You might say we live in paradise. Not only are we close to the mountains and ocean, we also have one of the major cultural centers of the world in San Francisco. A lot of wonderful people are drawn to this area, and I’ve had the good fortune of meeting many of them.”

Outside of work, James enjoys spending time outdoors, whether up in the mountains or out on the water. “I’m a nature-oriented person, so I like to take advantage of everything the Bay Area has to offer in that regard,” he says. “You’ll often find me up in the Headlands or hiking on Mount Tam. I also like to take my sailboat out on the Bay to do some fishing when I get a chance.”

In his life and career, James espouses the importance of aligning one’s passion with one’s occupation. “If you’re looking for true happiness and contentment, the best advice I could give is to love your job,” he says. While this certainly applies to his current career, when asked what he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, James says he’d pursue a job he’s often dreamed of. “I’ve always wanted to be a freelance journalist so I could travel the world, meet people, write stories and take pictures. One of my interests is religious studies, so that would be a great opportunity to immerse myself in other cultures.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite animal?
A: I like birds because they have a lot of freedom.

Q: What’s your favorite movie genre?
A: Science fiction.

Q: If you could immediately master a musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The guitar.

Q: What do you like on your pizza?
A: Olives, pepperoni and mushrooms.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: Blocks.

Q: If you could transport yourself to any fictional world, what would you choose?
A: As a sci-fi fan, I would have to say a galaxy far, far away.

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Know Your Door and Window Screen Options


SAN RAFAEL — Most people assume door and window screens are one-size-fits-all, but there are actually a variety of styles and options from which to choose. Whether you’re looking for increased UV protection or a clearer view, you can find a… Read more

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  • Conrad

  • Hunter Douglas Window Fashions

  • Hauser Shade

  • Hunter Douglas

  • Mechoshade Systems

  • Qmotion

  • Rollac

  • Stobag

  • Roll-Away

  • RM Coco

Hunter Douglas Window Coverings
Prestige Window Fashions
Kathy Ireland Window Treatments
Norman Shutters
JCPenney Window Treatments
Century Blinds
Tru-Frame Window Coverings
Waverly Window Treatments & Curtains
CACO Window Blinds
Vista Window Film
Blinds by Vertican
Durasol Window Awnings
Home-Tex Window Treatments
Shade-O-Matic Window Coverings
Abbey Window Coverings
Nanik Wood Blinds
Aveno Window Treatments
Skandia Window Coverings
Norman Shutters
Saletex Draperies, Blinds & Curtains
Lafayette Venetian Blinds
Legacy Window Coverings
Normandy Shutters
Vista Window Products
Comfortex Window Coverings
Kirsch Window Treatments
Levelor Blinds
Bali Window Treatments
Graber Window Coverings

window blinds
window shades
window shutters
motorized window shades
draperies / drapes
cornice window treatments
sliding door window treatments
modern window treatments
bow window dressing
custom window shades
window shutters
custom drapery installation
large window treatments
panel window treatments
arch window treatments
home window coverings
window curtains
roller shades
window scarves
French door window treatments
swag window treatments
commercial window treatments
room darkening shades
window covering repairs
solar screen installation
custom vinyl shutters
new window curtains
roman window shades

Bel Marin Keys
Belvedere Tiburon
Black Point
Corte Madera
Dillon Beach
Forest Knolls
Kent Woodlands
Lucas Valley
Marin City
Mill Valley
Mission Rafael
Muir Beach
Muir Woods
Point Reyes Station
San Anselmo
San Geronimo
San Marin
San Quentin
San Rafael
Santa Venetia
Sleepy Hollow
Stinson Beach
Strawberry Point
Tamalpais Valley
Terra Linda


The following organizations and associations can help give more information about window coverings stores and providers in your area:

Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) (www.wcaamembers.org/)
Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) (www.wcmanet.org)

Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring Marin County Window Treatment Professionals

Before speaking with local window treatment specialists in person or over the phone, you’ll want to decide on the details of your upcoming window covering project. For example, have an idea of the windows you would like covered, the color scheme you are looking for and the timeline you want.

Think about these questions to get you started:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified window treatment company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What is the purpose of the room? What is the desired effect for that room?
  • Do you want to draw attention to a particular window treatment, or do you prefer people to focus on other aspects of the room?
  • What is my budget for new curtains, blinds and window valances?
  • What type of window treatment am I looking for: blinds or shades, curtains or draperies, valances or window toppers, swag or tier, etc.?
  • Which windows in my home need to have window treatments?
  • Do I want to stick with the same basic color scheme, or do I want bold paint or a drastic color change?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I’d like to have made before the contractors start the job (such as repairing molding and trim, patching wall damage, texturizing walls, or installing new windows or screens)?
  • Do I plan to live in this home long-term? Or is this a house I plan to sell or a rental property?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Sonoma County painting contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, starting the job on time, honesty, reliability, timeliness and cleanliness.)
  • What direction is the window facing?
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Questions to Ask in Person at Window Covering Showrooms

After interviewing several Marin County window treatment experts on the phone, you will want to cut down your list of prospects to only those local window covering centers or companies that can best meet your needs.

Then, visit with those few remaining prospects in person with your preliminary plans for your window treatments. If the window treatment providers have a store or showroom, visit their location to see their lines of blinds, curtains, window shades and valances in person. Or, if the window shade company has an in-home service, make an appointment with them to come to your home to show you their product lines and see the rooms for which you need new window coverings.

Keep in mind, this visit is for information-gathering, so don’t feel any pressure to make a decision or buy new blinds or curtains until you’re ready.

Consider the following questions to help you obtain important information.

  • Will I receive a written estimate for the window treatments I like?
  • Will I receive a written contract for the window covering installation?
  • What can I do to make the window treatment process easier?
  • In how many homes have you installed window treatments in Marin County?
  • Do you have any energy efficient or environmentally friendly window treatments?
  • How long do you expect it to take to complete the window coverings?
  • What type of window treatments do you specialize in?
  • What type of warranty do you offer? What will it cover?
  • Do you have 10 recent customer references that I can call?
  • How will I pay for the window coverings?
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  • What To Ask References
    Learning from Previous Customers of the Contra Costa Window Covering Company

    It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified window coverings company in Marin County in the major cities including San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, and Larkspur because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a window coverings company in Marin County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified window treatments company within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your window treatment company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the window treatment company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • What did you like best about this particular Marin County window treatments store?
    • What window covering services did _(window covering company name_) do for you?
    • Were you satisfied with the window treatment services from this Marin County window coverings company?
    • Did the window treatment company listen to and communicate with you?
    • Do you feel the price was fair for the window coverings services you had done?
    • Would you go back to this window coverings company for future window covering services?
    • Would you/have you recommend this window covering company?
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  • Review Your Options
    Finding the Right Window Treatment Company in Marin County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before you choose the best window treatment company in Marin County for you, it’s significant to consider the following questions.

    • What does the window coverings company offer that is specific to my needs (new curtains, blinds, window shades, valances, commercial window treatments, roman shades, arch window treatments, window blind installation, etc.)?
    • Is the window covering company bonded and insured?
    • Can a window treatment company in Marin County provide your requirements for scheduling and customer service?
    • What are the billing practices of the window coverings company?
    • When was the last time rates were raised? It is important to understand how often the costs of the company are raised so that you are not surprised in the future by unexpected increases.
    • Is the window coverings company devoted to your satisfaction?
    • Does the window coverings company specialize in blinds, curtains, drapes, valances or other window treatments?
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  • How To Work With
    Preparing to Sign A Contract with Contra Costa Window Treatment Companies

    Once you find a local window coverings company in Marin County, including the larger cities of Corte Madera, Tiburon, Sausalito, Fairfax, Ross, and Belvedere, that meets all your standards, it is time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include the written details about the price of the window treatment and the installation, as well as the date when the job will be done.

    Do not be afraid to write specific requests or verbal agreements in the contract. This will protect you and confirm that you get the services you agreed on. You might include issues that are not always in a contract, like window damage from installing the window coverings.

    Be sure to read and understand all the terms and restrictions before you sign the contract. This contract should protect your home and your interests, as well as those of window coverings company. Because of this, you should never sign an incomplete estimate.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Keys to Being a Good Window Coverings Company Customer

    It’s the window covering professional’s responsibility to put in quality window treatments using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your window treatments, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when you hire a Marin County window coverings specialist.

    • Ask your window coverings company if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing window treatments. The work will move along more smoothly if your window coverings professional can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • Before you hire a window coverings company in Marin County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the window covering representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local window coverings companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the window coverings specialist on schedule.
    • Pay for the window treatment work promptly.
    • Be clear and upfront with the window coverings company. Let them know what you want from your window treatments, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way, especially when you’re facing conflict or disagreements with a local window treatment store.

    Window coverings companies in Marin County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Verify the Completed Window Coverings Work Against the Invoice

When the window treatments are finished, most good window coverings companies in Marin County in the major cities of San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, San Anselmo, and Larkspur, or your area, will give you a written invoice that details the completed work. This invoice will usually consist of:

  • An itemized list of all the window treatments and the supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for window coverings services, including the amount due for labor.
  • The window covering company’s name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all the services performed.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by the window treatments manufacturers and the company.

It’s a good idea to compare the finalized work to what was promised on the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the home with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new window treatments. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, this is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Warranties from Marin County Window Covering Experts

Most good window covering companies offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials they’ve used. All warranty details should be given to you in writing during the contract phase or at the conclusion of the job.

This written warranty information should include the following:

  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • The window coverings store’s name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered. This should also include whether the window shade company will replace or repair your window coverings in the event of a product failure.
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the window coverings, materials and workmanship.
  • If the window coverings warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests for Window Treatment Stores in Marin County

Window covering shops in Marin County provide all types of window covering services. However, some window coverings are more common than others.

The following are the most familiar requests for local window covering shops in Marin County, including those in Hayward, San Leandro, Berkeley, Oakland and Fremont and the surrounding areas.

Window Valances
A short drapery or decorative board that is mounted across the top of a window for decorative purposes.

Arched Window Coverings
Window coverings used for the arched windows in a home. The arched coverings will define the shape of the arch window and can make it a focal point.

Drapes and Curtains
Material that hangs in a window or other opening as a decoration shade or screen.

Window Covering Ideas
Ideas for home window treatments for any indoor covering – blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, drapes, etc. Many go to window coverings companies for ideas on how to decorate their windows.

Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are an alternate to real wood blinds. They are less expensive than their real wood counterpart and are made of a composite of man-made materials and natural wood particles. They work well for humid areas, like bathrooms, where real wood blinds may swell, discolor or rot.

Door Window Coverings
Window treatments, like blinds, shades, curtains, or drapes that cover a partial or full glass door.

Kitchen Window Coverings
Window treatments, like blinds, shades, or curtains that cover kitchen windows. These are often decorative, but can serve a functional purpose.

Window Shutters
Window shutters are solid and stable window coverings, usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails. Plantation shutters are a popular type of window covering that provide privacy and help to keep out unwanted sun or light from outside.

Window Coverings for Sliding Glass Doors
Window treatments, like blinds, shades, curtains, or drapes, that cover sliding glass doors.

Roller Shades
A roller shade is a straight piece of vinyl or fabric attached to a roller that raises or lowers by a spring mechanism or a continuous loop lift cord clutch mechanism. Electric roller shades are available that are activated by a switch. These are a smart choice for tall windows or hard-to-reach windows that require window shades that can be opened and closed without hassle.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Used By Local Window Covering Companies

Below are key terms used by window covering contractors, including descriptions that will help you understand they types of window treatments available to you.

arched window coverings
Window coverings used for the arched windows in a home. The arched coverings will define the shape of the arch window and can make it a focal point.

Also known as: arch window treatments, arch window blinds, window coverings for arched windows, arched window covering, arched window treatments, arch window covering, arch window treatments, arch window treatment, window coverings ideas, arch window, bay window coverings

balloon shade
Fabric shades that have deep inverted pleats that fall into airy, rounded poufs at the bottom.

Also known as: balloon shades for windows, balloon roman shades, lace balloon shades, balloon roman shade, balloon shade curtains, pleated balloon shades

cafe curtains
Short curtains hung on a rod for decorative purposes.

Also known as: white cafe curtains, cafe curtains for bedroom, lace cafe curtains, cafe tier curtains, cafe curtains for kitchen, cafekitchen curtains, French cafe curtains, cafe curtains for living room

A fabric pocket that will encase a curtain rod or elastic for gathering. It is usually made by folding fabric over twice and stitching. Essentially, a hem with open ends.

cornice window treatments
Cornice is an ornamental band used for covering curtain rods. It is made of rigid panel and is covered with fabric.

Also known as: cornices window treatments, cornice board window treatments

custom vinyl shutters
Vinyl shutters typically won’t warp, crack, chip, or shrink. They are also UV resistant and are unaffected by temperature and humidity extremes. Color is throughout which keeps them looking new for as long as they are owned. They also have a scratch-resistant and dent-reistnat finish that doesn’t need sanding staining, or painting.

Also known as: exterior vinyl shutters, vinyl shutters interior, vinyl shutters, outdoor vinyl shutters, vinyl outdoor shutters, interior shutters, window shutters exterior, exterior custom vinyl shutters, louvered vinyl shutters, vinyl shutters for windows, outdoor shutters, exterior shutters, vinyl shutters exterior

door window coverings
Window treatments, like blinds, shades, curtains, or drapes that cover a partial or full glass door.

Also known as: patio door window treatments, front door window coverings, door window treatments, sliding door window coverings, French door window coverings, door window cover, French door window treatment ideas, sliding glass door window covering, window covering for patio doors

drapes and curtains
Material that hangs in a window or other opening as a decoration shade or screen.

Also known as: drapery, custom drapes and curtains, silk drapes curtains, drape curtains, drapes, window curtains, sheer curtains, window drapes curtains, bedroom curtains and drapes, tab top curtains, window drapes and curtains, draperies and window coverings

faux wood blinds
Faux wood blinds are an alternate to real wood blinds. They are less expensive than their real wood counterpart and are made of a composite of man-made materials and natural wood particles. They work well for humid areas, like bathrooms.

Also known as: 1 inch faux wood blinds, 2 inch faux wood blinds, black faux wood blinds, wood blinds, wood mini blinds, faux wood shutters, wood blind, blinds, real wood blinds, faux wood blind, wood window blinds

kitchen window coverings
Window treatments, like blinds, shades, or curtains that cover a kitchen window.

Also known as: kitchen window curtains, window covering, kitchen window treatments, kitchen window treatment, kitchen curtains window treatments, kitchen window shutters

motorized window shades
Window shades that are motorized that are typically used for those hard to reach window openings.

Also known as: motorized window coverings, motorized window treatments, motorized exterior window shades, motorized window blinds, motorized window shade, motorized blinds, motorized roller shades, electric window shades, automatic window shades, motorized shades for windows

roller shades
A roller shade is a straight piece of vinyl or fabric attached to a roller that raises or lowers by a spring mechanism or a continuous loop lift cord clutch mechanism.

Also known as: fabric roller shades, blackout roller shades, solar roller shades, roller shades for windows, bamboo roller shades, motorized roller shades, roller shade hardware, insulated roller shades, spring roller shades, commercial roller shades, exterior roller shades

roman window shades
A Roman window treatment style consists of a fabric shade with wooden slats inserted horizontally at intervals down the entire length. It is raised and lowered with pull cord like other blinds, but gathers soft folds as it does so.

Also known as:  roman shades for windows, window roman shade, roman window treatments, roman shades, roman shades window, window treatments roman shades

room darkening shades
Window shades that darken a room, either completely darken to black or different levels of darkness.

Also known as: room darkening roller shades, room darkening cellular shades, room darkening window shades, room darkening roman shades, room darkening drapes, room darkening blinds, blackout blinds, window shades and blinds, room darkening roller shade, room darkening shade

Deep, round curves that are often seen on the bottom edge of cafe curtain window treatments.

spring-tension rod
This rod is an adjustable rod that will fit inside the window frame. It is the internal spring makes it possible to adjust the rod.

swag curtains
Curtain window treatments that are hung on a rod or are attached to a mounting board. A length of fabric that is loosely draped over a rod and can be dressed to form a casual style swag.

Also known as: curtain swags, swags and valances, window swags, swag window treatments

thermal lining
Fabric which is layered with aluminum on one side for insulation.

Also known as: thermal window coverings, insulated window coverings, solar window coverings

window curtain weights
Small metal discs that are placed in the hem of curtain window coverings to make the curtain hang better.

window blinds
Window blinds are for privacy or to keep out light. Also a protective covering that will keep light out or hinder sight.

Also known as: window blinds and shades, bamboo window blinds, custom window blinds, arch window blinds, wooden window blinds, arched window blinds, motorized blinds, magnetic window blinds, horizontal window blinds, wood window blinds, electric window blinds, cordless window blinds, vertical window blinds, cellular window blinds, door window blinds

venetian blind
Window blinds that are made of horizontal strips that overlap when closed.

Also known as: venetian blinds, wooden venetian blinds, venetian blind cleaner, bamboo venetian blinds, venetian blinds parts, aluminum venetian blinds, vertical blinds

window covering ideas
Ideas for home window treatments for any indoor covering – blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, drapes, etc. Many go to window coverings companies for ideas on how to decorate their windows.

Also known as: window coverings ideas, window treatment ideas, window coverings for large windows, window coverings for French doors, window treatment ideas, bathroom window coverings, kitchen window coverings ideas, draperies and window coverings ideas, bay window coverings ideas

window covering repairs
The repair of window treatments, like blinds, shades, curtains, or drapes, that cover windows.

Also known as: window covers repairs, modern window coverings repair, bay window coverings repair

window coverings for sliding glass doors
Window treatments, like blinds, shades, curtains, or drapes, that cover sliding glass doors.

Also known as: sliding door window treatment, vertical blinds for sliding glass doors, sliding glass door shades, draperies for sliding glass doors, blinds for sliding glass doors, window coverings for sliding glass door, curtains for sliding glass door, window treatments for sliding glass doors

window shades
An opaque window blind or shade that can cover windows for decorative or functional purposes.

Also known as: fabric window shades, window shades and blinds, roman window shades, motorized window shades, pleated window shades, outdoor window shades, cellular window shades, exterior window shades, designer window shades, clot window shades, window shades roller, bamboo window shades, window covers, bay window coverings

window shutters
Window shutters are solid and stable window coverings, usually consisting of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails.

Also known as: interior window shutters, vinyl window shutters, inside window shutters, security window shutters, window shutters indoor, exterior window shutters, bay window shutters, internal window shutters, arched window shutters, outside window shutters

window treatments
A window treatment is any decorative or functional covering that is applied to the inside of a window and window frame. This can include shades, horizontal or vertical blinds, drapes, or interior shutters.

window valances
A short drapery or decorative board that is mounted across the top of a window.

Also known as: kitchen window valances, window valance, bay window valances, window treatment valances, modern window valances

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Window Covering Companies and Window Treatment Stores

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified window covering company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a window covering company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local window covering stores that have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only window covering companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified window covering company.

Q: What is the difference between inside mount and outside mount?
A: An inside mount, which can also be called an inside bracket (IB), means that the blind will mount inside the window frame, usually flush with the wall. The outside mount, which can also be called an outside bracket (OB), means the blinds will be mounted on the wall; therefore, I will cover the window and the frame when measured properly.

Q When buying a new house and in need window treatments, what should I know first?
A: First you will want to learn about the basics of window coverings, such as privacy, light control, function, and style. After that, prioritize your needs for each window. For the most versatility, layer the treatments. As an example, put mini-blinds next to the glass to control the light, then hang fabric panels for style and color.

Q: What is fabric tape?
A: Fabric tapes are used to make a decorative accessory. They can be added to blinds to pick-up the accent colors from your surrounding area. Fabric tape is a 1 1/2″ wide colored fabric which runs down the height of the blind on each side in place of the string ladders.

Q: What is the meaning of 2 on a head rail?
A: This is a feature that is recommended only for wide windows. If a window exceeds a certain width, the blind can be split into two independent blinds which will share the same top or head rail. Most of the time you can purchase two single blinds, which will serve the same purpose.

Q: What kinds of window treatments work best in a child’s room?
A: Most of the time, simpler is better, especially when dealing with children’s rooms. You may want to consider installing room darkening shades to help your child sleep better, or insulated shades to maintain room temperature. Many custom curtains exist to match with the decor of the room, and you can easily find blinds and other window treatments to coordinate with those decorative patterns. Avoid blinds with cords or other dangerous parts. Your window treatment specialist should be able to guide you to the best choice for you and your child.

Q. Should the curtain rod hang at the top of the window frame or higher?
A: The rod should hang just above the window frame. If you want a more elegant look, hang it closer to the ceiling. That will offer a longer sweep of fabric and will help visually heighten the room. You will want to make the rods wide enough so that the stack back of drapery fabric will clear the sides of the window, rather than covering part of the glass.

Q. What type of window covering should I use if I don’t want to block the light with drapes, but I need more privacy?
A: It might be a good idea to use shutters or hang a cafe curtain to cover the bottom of the window. Another solution is the “bottom up” option for shades and blinds. These draw up from the bottom for privacy, but they still allow a view out of the top portion of the window. Another option is to look for a pretty stained glass window to set in the window sill which will look attractive and offer some privacy.

Q. What if I like the view from my window, but the sun beating down is fading my upholstery fabrics? Do I need to cover my windows?
A: It might be a good idea to cover the windows to control the sunlight. You could install mini blinds and tilt them, so that direct sun is blocked. This will also cut down on your view though. To preserve a wide expanse of glass, look into having the windows tinted. If this is done properly, you won’t notice much of a difference. The tinting film will cut out nearly all of the damaging UV rays that fade and cause fabrics to break down. This is not an expensive project, particularly if you are only doing a couple of rooms.

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