Add Lasting Value to Your Home

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Interior window shutters have long been a traditional and beautiful addition to any home. They are also considered an investment that will add lasting value to your home.

Shutters can control heat, noise and privacy. These products offer excellent light control and provide superior ultraviolet protection.

Most shutters are offered in multiple configurations to cover all types of windows, including bow, bay, French doors, patio doors and specialty shapes. Most shutters offer varying louver sizes and front tilt or hidden tilt bars for unobstructed views.

Shutters are offered in different materials consisting of real wood, polysatin or vinyl and alternative wood or faux-wood. Depending on the window molding and sill construction, they can be installed inside mount or outside mount.

If you are considering shutters, always think about opening the shutter doors and whether or not any obstructions exist. For example, a kitchen faucet can be an obstacle to opening a shutter installed behind a kitchen sink.
While shutters are a great solution for any room in the home, you may want to consider
alternative–wood or polysatin shutters in areas that have warm temperatures or where humidity may be a concern for hardwood products. Polysatin shutters are a good choice for bathrooms, kitchens, pool and sauna areas or areas such as kids’ rooms that may require frequent cleaning!
Alternative or faux-wood shutters are made from engineered materials that offer an affordable luxury alternative to a custom wood shutter and are offered in various colors.
These hybrid shutters combine the great style of wood with the strength, stability and straightness of advanced modern day materials.
For more information about window coverings, see the MODA Floors & Interiors website.

Choosing the Right Window Covering

Photo: Graber Blinds

Choosing the right window treatment to complement your interiors can be overwhelming. But when you consider a few important factors, you’re sure to find the solution that works best for you.

CONSIDER THE PURPOSE OF THE ROOM
By taking a fresh look at your space and the way you use it, you can identify the best design style for your window treatments.
A spacious room used for entertaining can be elevated with uniquely patterned drapery. Enhance the elegance by layering the drape over a blind, shade or shutter.
Simple yet sophisticated, Roman shades may be just the right look for your home office.
A more contemplative room might welcome a view to the outdoors. Bottom up/top down shades may do the trick, while still allowing for privacy.
Because bathrooms have a higher humidity level, consider blinds made of faux wood or a composite material—both of which withstand moisture.
Natural shade materials bring the outdoors in, adding a textural element to a room that is a showpiece in your home. Similarly, wood shutters give a room true distinction—whether your style is traditional or modern or something in between.
CHECK EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS
Exposure to sunlight or heat/cold can cause uncomfortable temperature fluctuation, as well as damage to textiles, flooring and furniture. Windows facing south or west can suffer the most. High humidity rooms require special consideration as well.
INCREASE SAFETY
With motorized treatments, you enjoy total control at the touch of a button, and you also increase safety in your home by eliminating cords at your windows.

How to Select Window Treatments

Janice Howell of MODA Floors & Interiors helps answer some questions about selecting the proper window treatments for your home. Is privacy an issue? Is light control important? Click on this link to learn more.

Window Covering Maintenance Tips

Window TreatmentHere are some tips to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your home’s window treatments.

  • Always spray glass cleaner on a clean cloth, not the window. This will help prevent splatters and potential damage to your window covering.
  • Don’t use water, solvents or abrasive cleaners on your wood blinds or shutters.
  • To remove dust or debris from hard-to-reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings, use a hair dryer on a cool setting or canned compressed air that you can purchase at an office supply or hardware store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments. Ask the company where you purchased the window treatment for referrals.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning is done at a professional facility; whereas injection or extraction cleaning can be accomplished in your home. This type of cleaning injects a cleaning solution into the fabric and extracts the dirty solution in the same motion.
  • Steaming can be used to remove wrinkles from some fabrics. Use a hand-held travel-size steamer that provides continuous steam.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, wipe the slats with an anti-static dryer sheet.
  • HunterDouglas aluminum horizontal blinds are treated with Dust ShieldTM, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.
  • The best way to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters is with a soft damp cloth.
  • Always refer to the care instructions you received when you purchased your product. When in doubt, call a long-standing business that specializes in window coverings or the manufacturer.

Window Covering Maintenance

Window CoveringHere are some tips on cleaning various types of window coverings.

  • Water, solvents or abrasive cleaners should not be used on wood blinds or shutters.
  • The best way to remove dust or debris from hard to reach areas on honeycomb, window shades and shadings is by using a hair dryer on a cool setting or compressed air purchased from an office supply store.
  • Bathtub cleaning or water immersion, ultrasonic cleaning, injection or extraction cleaning and steam cleaning are all specialized professional cleaning treatments. Power washing is not.
  • Many aluminum and vertical vinyl blinds are specially treated to guard against static electricity and dust. If not, the slats can be wiped with anti-static dryer sheets.
  • It is best to clean alternative wood blinds and shutters with a soft damp cloth.