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Window-ology

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Window-ology

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V. V.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

1 of 345

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I used them for many years. They're great. They're 100% on their quality and customer satisfaction. They make sure they take care of anything you need.

They are very patient and very easy to deal with. We were really satisfied with them.

N. N.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

2 of 345

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were professional. They knew what they were doing and they reacted very quickly to my individual needs. They were very flexible in dealing with my needs.

I appreciated their willingness to understand my problem and get the job of repairs to my shades done quickly. They were very responsive to everything. It was all very pleasant with professional service. It was terrific.

Ms. J.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

3 of 345

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were just the best.

They basically did what they said they were going to do. They have some very creative people, so when you need creative help they offered that. If you went in knowing what you wanted, they had the right help for that too.

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Alan Robinette, Owner

Window-ology offers window covering products and services to residential and commercial customers throughout the Bay Area. The company provides sales, installation and repair services for blinds, shades, shutters, draperies, motorized window treatments, solar screens, exterior awnings, and more.

Owners Alan and Chris Robinette explain that since Window-ology manufactures many of its own products, the quality of its materials and workmanship is consistently high. All the company’s window coverings are built specifically to order and size, and it offers free consultations to guarantee clients’ specifications are met.

Window-ology’s expanded showroom lets customers see window covering options in various home environments. The company can also bring its services to clients’ homes to measure windows, discuss options, help choose treatments and follow up with professional installations. “We’ve been serving clients in the Bay Area for almost 30 years, and we look forward to serving every customer,” says Alan Robinette.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON Window-ology

Locations

Alameda County
Contra Costa County

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SERVICES PERFORMED

Window Coverings
Window Shades
Plantation Shutters
Cell Shades
Shadings
Wood & Aluminum Blinds
Faux Blinds
Motorization
Draperies
Bedding
Repairs
Solar Screen Shades
Exterior Awnings
Retractable Awnings
Roman Shades
Top Treatments
Side Panels

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON Window-ology

A look inside Window-ology’s Pleasanton showroom

Company Profile

Window-ology offers window covering products and services to residential and commercial customers throughout the Bay Area. The company provides sales, installation and repair services for blinds, shades, shutters, draperies, motorized window treatments, solar screens, exterior awnings, and more.

Owners Alan and Chris Robinette explain that since Window-ology manufactures many of its own products, the quality of its materials and workmanship is consistently high. All the company’s window coverings are built specifically to order and size, and it offers free consultations to guarantee clients’ specifications are met.

Window-ology’s expanded showroom lets customers see window covering options in various home environments. The company can also bring its services to clients’ homes to measure windows, discuss options, help choose treatments and follow up with professional installations. “We’ve been serving clients in the Bay Area for almost 30 years, and we look forward to serving every customer,” says Alan Robinette.

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Company Philosophy

“We’re a business based on pride and confidence, and those qualities are exemplified in everything we do. We don’t just sell window covering products; our goal is to establish relationships with our customers. We aim to provide them with great selections, quality products and exceptional customer service.”

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Comparative Summary

Pleasanton’s Window-ology is the corporate office of a national retailer and manufacturer of window covering products. The company has franchises and professional sales personnel throughout the United States, and its offices are locally owned and operated. “We have expertise in everything from soft fashions to custom draperies and specialty motorized products,” says co-owner Chris Robinette. “We pride ourselves on our ability to assess and identify our clients’ particular needs, and we’re able to recommend the right products for every situation.”

Window-ology also manufactures and repairs many products onsite and can help customers review samples. To help the company’s sales professionals know what products to recommend, Ms. Robinette suggests customers ask themselves why they want to cover a particular window. “Is there a sun or privacy issue? Is it for heat or cold? Is there a need to block glare on a TV or computer screen? These details will help customize window coverings for maximum performance.”

Window-ology also offers a variety of shutter options from several different manufacturers, including solid wood, composite wood and other combinations.

The company’s focus on workmanship and quality control is enhanced by its staff of long-term employees, who, according to Ms. Robinette, know how to build and repair all products and take pride in their work. “All our installation crews are trained to uphold our professional standards,” she says.

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Industry Info

Choosing the right window coverings is an exercise in personal preference.

Blinds are either meant to be practical and decorative or protect privacy and control sunlight. Because there are so many styles and colors, shopping for new blinds may seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips to consider:

• Measure and determine the proper size and fit.
• Make sure they control privacy and sunlight.
• Consider the product’s energy efficiency.
• Determine if it allows for simple cleaning and care.
• Choose the right size and mount for your windows. Older window frames are usually deeper and more suited for an inside mount, while newer, shallow window frames are built for an outside mount.

Some windows, such as those in bathrooms or bedrooms, require extra privacy. Choosing PVC vertical blinds, pleated shades or cellular shades with privacy backing can help. Some mini and wood blinds also offer additional privacy.

If a window faces a brightly lit area, the same qualities that provide privacy can also keep light out of a room. Some people prefer blinds that offer more privacy on the bottom while allowing light to come through the top. Look for blinds that offer a top down/bottom up control.

Dusty homes can present a challenge for blinds. Aluminum mini blinds are easy to maintain and only require an occasional dusting; some aluminum mini blinds come with an anti-static finish that repels dust. If necessary, they can be easily cleaned with a mild soap and water. If you have children or pets, PVC vertical blinds are durable and can be easily wiped clean with a cloth and mild cleaning solution.

If you put blinds above a sink or in a room with high humidity, choose a water-resistant style. PVC vertical blinds, vinyl blinds and aluminum mini blinds hold up well in damp rooms.

For businesses and other commercial projects, choose products that are durable and can easily be maintained and operated by different people.

When looking for a window coverings contractor, check the following:

• Does the company offer a wide variety of options and manufacturers?
• Can you view samples?
• How knowledgeable is the contractor at the first meeting or call?
• What’s their background in design?
• What’s their experience with installations?

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I clean my shades, blinds or drapes?
A: “Depending on the product, we tell customers exactly how to clean it. We can also recommend alternative services if it’s something they can’t clean themselves.”
 
Q: How long does the process take?
A: “Most products can be completely installed two to three weeks from the time of order. If products arrive sooner than expected, we’ll call and do the installation sooner. Shutters take about six to eight weeks, and a Roman shade takes about four weeks. Draperies can take six to eight weeks or longer, depending on the time of year.”
 
Q: Should I choose solid wood over composites with a veneer?
A: “We install more composite shutters than anything else. The price is lower and the quality is good.”
 
Q: Can PVC or poly shutters be painted?
A: “Yes, but it’s impractical to paint PVC or poly shutters because their colors are imbedded. You’re better off with wood shutters if you expect to change colors.”
 
Q: Is child safety a concern?
A: “We often bring up child safety if a home has small children. Depending on what product a customer is interested in, we’ll recommend a cordless version.”
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Expert CONTRIBUTOR PROFILE
  • Alan Robinette is a veteran of the window covering industry and president of Window-ology, a Diamond Certified company since 2009. He can be reached at (925) 331-0343 or by email.

Alan Robinette: An Interpersonal Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

PLEASANTON — Years ago, Alan Robinette was looking for a career change—preferably one that involved more interpersonal interaction. As it turned out, the window covering industry gave him a perfect opportunity to do just that. “Prior to my current career, I was a service division manager for Huffy, where most of my interactions were with corporate buyers in an office setting,” he recounts. “As time went on, I became interested in finding a career that would allow me to interact with people on a more personal level. I figured a good avenue for this would be to get involved in some aspect of home interiors, which is why I ultimately chose to get into the window covering industry.”

Today, as president of Window-ology, Alan continues to enjoy the rewarding work entailed by his second career. “I still really like interacting and forming relationships with customers, as well as beautifying their home interiors. Besides enabling me to work with people on a personal level, my job allows me to have a direct impact on their lives by enhancing the beauty and functionality of their homes.”

A resident of Pleasanton (where he lives with his wife, Chris), Alan likes to spend his free time on active pastimes like working on his house. “I own a historic home that I’ve enjoyed restoring and maintaining, and I continue to do little projects here and there,” he affirms. “It’s neat to know I’m putting work into something that will transcend my lifetime.” Alan says he also likes to travel regularly. “Often, I’ll combine vacations with my business-related travels, whether by arriving at the location early or staying a week after. My favorite city to visit is definitely Paris—I’d love to just stay and hang out there for a month.” Additionally, Alan enjoys spending time with his and Chris’ two grown daughters, Ashley and Lauren, and granddaughter, Naomi.

In regard to his professional career, Alan has taken to heart the phrase, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” “One thing that sets Window-ology apart is we don’t just install window coverings; we make our own,” he explains. “We have a facility where we manufacture our own shell shades, roller shades and other products. We take a lot of pride in making our own high-quality window coverings, and it also enables us to give our customers more options in terms of customization.”

When asked what his life might look like if he were to retire tomorrow, Alan says he’d probably take that month-long Paris trip he’s been daydreaming of. “I would definitely continue to travel. Of course, in between, I’d need to find something to keep me busy, so I’d probably do some more home projects. One thing I’d like to do is build a two-story playhouse for my granddaughter.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Actually, I prefer espresso.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: I have two, both of which are in Pleasanton: Forno Vecchio and Eddie Papa’s American Hangout.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: I had a pickup truck, and I’d give a ride to anybody who wanted to jump in the back.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: Probably the past, just to learn more about my family history and get to know some of my ancestors.

Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
A: For my 40th birthday, my family threw me a surprise party and invited pretty much everyone who’s been a part of my life from high school onward. That was really special.

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Expert articles
  • The Benefits of Cellular Shades

    PLEASANTON — When it comes to choosing window coverings for your home, one option to consider is cellular shades. Also known as “honeycomb” shades, this versatile window covering product offers a variety of functional and aesthetic benefits.

    One advantage of cellular shades is their small stack height, which means they compress tightly when raised and cause minimal obstruction of window views. Additionally, cellular shades’ dual-fold character allows them to be lowered from the top-down, providing privacy on the lower half of the window without having to be fully closed.

    Another advantage of cellular shades is they’re available in cordless versions. Cords can be an eyesore and even pose a safety issue (especially for young children), so cellular shades are a great way to optimize safety and get a clean look. Also, since cordless cellular shades don’t have any cord holes, they provide better light control. Further advantages of cellular shades include design variety (they come in hundreds of colors and textures), ease of use and superior insulation.

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  • Video: Benefits of Cellular Shades

    Complete Video Transcription:

    PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to install new window coverings in your home, one product worth considering is cellular shades. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Alan Robinette of Window-ology to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Alan Robinette: So, many people already know that cellular shades have three wonderful advantages in that they disappear and open the window so well, they create a wonderful insulation, and they also give you a perfectly open view when you want to be able to see out. There are no cords visible anywhere and there’s no — because cords are really not a very pretty thing to have. There’s also a safety issue that goes along with that. So, we build our shades — whenever you let us — we build them with the cordless system and then we can do two other things that are very nice. Don’t know if it shows up in the picture or not, but this is a linen weave fabric, so it has a lot more texture. Comes in — we can do this in about 800 different colors. So, the selection is immense, the fabric is beautiful, and completely cordless gives you a more beautiful look. Easy function and a window that can be opened and cleared when you want it. Full privacy when you want it and the best energy efficiency of any window covering product.

    So, another wonderful feature of the cellular shade is the ability to lower from the top-down. We refer to this as a dual fold. Some refer to it as top-down bottom-up. This allows you to have privacy in the lower half of the window and open view on the top. This can be done with regular cords or, like in this example, the way we’re making it here. We always prefer to do cordless.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

     

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  • Video: Mixing and Matching Home Decor

    Complete Video Transcription:

    PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When redecorating your home, don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors, patterns, and textures. To learn more, we’re in Pleasanton with Pete Colucci of Window-ology, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Alan Robinette.

    Pete Colucci: My clients ask me all the time, they say, “Pete, can I mix colors, textures, and patterns?” Yes, you can. For instance, I’ve got all of these colors hanging out here. And I just wanted to let you know that you can use orange with blue. You may look at this going, “Oh, my gosh. This is going to be the sofa?” No. These are actually pillows on the sofa so that don’t be afraid to kind of mix and match them.

    I mean, you’ve got the, an alligator print. And you also have some, a pattern going on here. But, yes, those can be in the front. This could be in the back. And everything is great. This could also be a drapery. So, don’t be afraid to mix and match. So, when you get into a big room, your feeling is you kind of want it to go, “Ah. Perfect.” Yeah, so, and that. Also, another one is, another color scheme that I like to use, and I take this from my travels to Italy, that Italians like the blue and the yellow going on. So, once again, this could be a pillow in the front. This could be the pillow in the back. So, don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 345 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

V. V.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

1 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I used them for many years. They're great. They're 100% on their quality and customer satisfaction. They make sure they take care of anything you need.

They are very patient and very easy to deal with. We were really satisfied with them.

N. N.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

2 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were professional. They knew what they were doing and they reacted very quickly to my individual needs. They were very flexible in dealing with my needs.

I appreciated their willingness to understand my problem and get the job of repairs to my shades done quickly. They were very responsive to everything. It was all very pleasant with professional service. It was terrific.

Ms. J.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

3 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were just the best.

They basically did what they said they were going to do. They have some very creative people, so when you need creative help they offered that. If you went in knowing what you wanted, they had the right help for that too.

Madelein B.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

4 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

We were satisfied and felt they were a good company.

They were reliable and did the job that they promised to do.

Mrs. M.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

5 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

We had an all around good experience and have already told others to use them.

They are good, efficient and we are happy with their work. We had a little bit of an issue with the awning going in too far, but because of the gentleman's expertise and carpentry skills, he resolved it and made it all very simple to fix.

John S.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

6 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were reliable, showed up on time, and showed considerable expertise when they came out. They even adjusted some previous products that we had that weren't from them.

They were professional all the way through.

Joyce C.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

7 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did a good job and were very careful. What we thought we could do initially, we ended up having to change. When it looked like the initial plan wasn't going to work, they were able to discuss that with me to figure it out and tell me why it wouldn't work and why it would be better to go with a different option.

They were on time, they appeared to be very knowledgeable, and with the one thing that didn't work, I appreciated them telling me. They basically said if you really want it that way then we can, but this is what we think, and why we think it may be better for you.

Noel L.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

8 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did a great job.

Overall, it was good.

Carl R.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

9 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I was very satisfied with their service.

Just that the service was good and that they handled everything well

Mark S.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

10 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Their craftsmanship is excellent and they offer a good value.

The craftsmanship and value

Sandy Z.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

11 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They have a good selection of products and the guy who came out to our site was helpful in fine-tuning what we needed.

They are professional and easy to work with.

Betty J.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

12 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would recommend them.

They were clean and got the job done.

Jenny U.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

13 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They provided good service and the office staff was very helpful.

I appreciated that they saved me some money by suggesting that I didn't need to buy something that I was considering but didn't really need. They have sales integrity.

John D.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

14 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would recommend them.

I only used them for an installation, but I would definitely refer them based on that. I don't know enough about their other services.

Mike P.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

15 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were professional, they knew what they were doing, and even when we came up against a few little problems like the measurements and things for the blinds that were sent out, they made it all work. So, it looked like the blinds would not work, but they made it work, and everything turned out great.

That it was a good experience

Tyler S.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

16 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did everything they said they would do.

Their work was excellent and their products were good. We were very happy with the job.

Thomas G.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

17 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

We got shades installed in our kitchen and we love them very much.

We love the color. We wanted black and they look great.

Gina V.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

18 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That the awnings are great

The sales person was good.

Michelle C.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

19 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are a quality company.

Their timeliness and clarity when they were talking to me

Judy R.

VERIFIED Window-ology CUSTOMER

20 of 345

Quality 10
10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I have worked with them for 15 years. They always come out. It may take them a few days before they get to you, but they always do the work and do it well.

Everything about them is great, which is why I have used them in Danville, Berkeley, and Ross.

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