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Shutters
What is the difference between fauxwood and wooden shutters?

Fauxwood shutters are made of synthetic materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or vinyl. They are often painted to look like wood but they will never quite have the same appearance or feel as real wood shutters.

Wooden shutters are made of natural wood and can be stained or painted to match the color of your home. They are also more durable than fauxwood shutters and can last for many years with proper care.

Our window stylists can assist with helping you choose the best type of fauxwood or wooden shutter for your specific needs.

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How much are fauxwood shutters?

Fauxwood shutters can vary in price depending on their size, style, and material. Generally speaking, fauxwood shutters are less expensive than real wood shutters but more expensive than vinyl shutters.

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How long do fauxwood shutters last?

Most fauxwood shutters last about 25 years. Fauxwood shutters are a great option for homeowners who want the look of real wood shutters but don't want to worry about the upkeep that comes with them. They are also a good choice for homes with children or pets, as they are resistant to scratches and water damage.

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Can cedar shutters be painted?

Yes, cedar shutters can be painted but it is important to use a paint that is specifically designed for wood. Cedar shutters should also be treated with a sealant or wood preservative before painting in order to protect the wood and help the paint adhere better. If you decide to paint your cedar shutters, make sure to follow the specific instructions on the paint can.

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How long do cedar shutters last?

Cedar shutters can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, but this will depend on the climate, amount of sun exposure, and frequency of use. If you're looking for a shutter that will last even longer than 20 years, we recommend going with an aluminium or vinyl shutter. 

Cedar shutters can last a lifetime with proper care. They are a natural and beautiful way to enhance your home’s exterior.

Cedar shutters offer many benefits, including reducing energy costs, increasing the value of your home, and blocking UV rays. The cedar wood also helps repel insects and resist decay and moisture damage. With proper care, cedar shutters can last for many years.

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How much do hardwood shutters cost?

Hardwood shutters can cost a range of prices, depending on the size and type of plantation shutters you choose. Generally, high quality hardwood shutters will be more expensive than traditional window coverings like curtains or blinds.

Some factors that may affect the overall cost of basswood shutters include the number of panels in the shutter, and any features or extras that are added.

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Hardwood shutters vs pvc shutters?

It depends as both hardwood and PVC have their advantages and disadvantages. Hardwood shutters are typically more expensive than PVC shutters but they're also generally considered to be a higher quality product. They're also easier to paint than PVC shutters and they have a more natural look that some homeowners prefer.

PVC shutters are cheaper than hardwood shutters and they're also quite durable. However, they can be less attractive than other types of shutters as they’re made from an artificial material. PVC shutters are ideal for wet areas such as the kitchen, laundry, toilet and bathroom.

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Are hardwood shutters hard to clean?

Hardwood shutters are not hard to clean but they do require some maintenance. You'll need to dust them regularly and vacuum or wipe them down with a damp cloth every few months. To protect the finish of the shutters, apply a coat of polish specifically made for basswood shutters once they are dry.

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Are basswood shutters better than pvc?

It depends as both basswood and PVC have their advantages and disadvantages. Basswood shutters are typically more expensive than PVC shutters but they're also generally considered to be a higher quality product. They're also easier to paint than PVC shutters and they have a more natural look that some homeowners prefer.

PVC shutters are cheaper than basswood shutters and they're also quite durable. However, they can be less attractive than other types of shutters as they’re made from an artificial material. PVC shutters are ideal for wet areas such as the kitchen, laundry, toilet and bathroom. 

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How long do basswood shutters last?

Basswood shutters can last anywhere from 15-20 years, depending on the level of care and maintenance they receive. Like any type of wooden shutter, basswood shutters are susceptible to moisture damage and insect infestation, so it's important to keep them painted and protected from the elements.

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How to clean basswood shutters?

Basswood shutters are not hard to clean but they do require some maintenance. You'll need to dust them regularly and vacuum or wipe them down with a damp cloth every few months. To protect the finish of the shutters, apply a coat of polish specifically made for basswood shutters once they are dry.

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How much do basswood shutters cost?

Basswood shutters can cost a range of prices, depending on the size and type of plantation shutters you choose. Generally, high quality basswood shutters will be more expensive than traditional window coverings like curtains or blinds.

Some factors that may affect the overall cost of basswood shutters include the number of panels in the shutter, and any features or extras that are added. 

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How to clean plantation shutters?

Plantation shutters are not hard to clean but they do require some maintenance. You'll need to dust them regularly and vacuum or wipe them down with a damp cloth every few months. To protect the finish of the shutters, apply a coat of polish to the shutters once they are dry.

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How much do plantation shutters cost?

Plantation shutters can cost a range of prices, depending on the size and type of plantation shutters you choose. Generally, plantation shutters will be more expensive than traditional window coverings like curtains or blinds.

Some factors that may affect the overall cost of plantation shutters include the material used (wooden or vinyl), the number of panels in the shutter, and any features or extras that are added, such as colour finishes or hardware. 

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Will plantation shutters block out light?

Plantation shutters are very effective at controlling light in a room. It won’t completely block all light -  a blockout blind or blockout curtains are more effective at creating complete darkness. However, plantation shutters are more effective than many blinds, curtains and venetian blinds at blocking out light. They also have extra benefits such as possibly adding value to your home and providing effective airflow. 

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Will plantation shutters increase home value?

Yes, in most cases plantation shutters do add value to your home. They improve light control, increase airflow, provide privacy and insulation. They are also perceived as being a higher quality and more luxurious window furnishing.

It's also important to consider the style of your home when deciding whether or not to install plantation shutters. If your home has a traditional style, plantation shutters may be a good choice. If your home is more modern, other window furnishings may be more suited. 

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Can plantation shutters go on sliding doors?

Yes, a sliding door can be fitted with plantation shutters to add an elegant and timeless look to your home. 

Plantation shutters are mounted onto a separate track to the sliding door and are made-to-measure so they fit perfectly within the frame. 

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Blinds
Are There Child Safety Features Included With Zebra Blinds?

Yes, there are child safety features included with these types of blinds. They're designed to guarantee your little ones are safe around them. Features like cordless or motorized operation eliminate the risk of entanglement. Some models also include breakaway tassels and cord stops for added safety.

It's important to check whether these features are included when you're purchasing blinds, especially if you have children or pets in your home.

Do Zebra Blinds Provide Adequate UV Protection?

Just as sunscreen shields your skin from harmful UV rays, certain window coverings can offer similar protection for your home.

Yes, zebra blinds do provide adequate UV protection. They're designed with alternating stripes of sheer and opaque fabric that block out direct sunlight, reducing the amount of UV radiation entering your room.

You'll find this feature beneficial in preserving your home's interior from sun damage while maintaining a pleasing aesthetic.

Can Zebra Blinds Be Used in High Humidity Areas Like Bathrooms or Kitchens?

Absolutely, you can utilize zebra blinds in high humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens. They're crafted from synthetic materials which resist moisture and won't warp or discolor. Ensure they're well ventilated to prevent mildew.

However, if you're searching for full privacy, keep in mind that zebra blinds alternate between sheer and opaque panels. You might want to contemplate a different option or use them in conjunction with other window treatments.

How Energy Efficient Are Zebra Blinds Compared to Other Types of Blinds?

You're likely considering how energy efficient your blinds are. Zebra blinds are quite efficient compared to other types. They've got two layers of fabric that can help insulate your windows, regulating room temperature. This could potentially save on heating and cooling costs for the whole house.

However, it's important to remember that efficiency can depend on factors like material and proper installation. So, it's a good idea to consult with a professional.

What Materials Are Used in the Construction of Zebra Blinds?

You're curious about the materials that create unique window coverings.

Zebra blinds are crafted using alternating strips of sheer and opaque fabric. These fabrics are carefully chosen for their durability and light filtering capabilities.

The blinds' mechanism consists of a continuous loop for easy adjustment.

The blend of these materials results in a versatile, practical, and stylish window treatment that allows you to control the light and privacy in your space.

Are honeycomb blinds good for insulation?

Yes, honeycomb blinds are made from a series of intersecting cells that form a honeycomb pattern. This design allows the blinds to trap air and provide excellent insulation, making them ideal for climates with extreme temperatures. 

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Are honeycomb blinds worth it?

Honeycomb blinds are more expensive than other blinds but they are worth the investment. They provide excellent insulation, privacy, and they look great too. You may also save money on energy costs.

Honeycomb blinds are made from a series of intersecting cells that form a honeycomb pattern. This design allows the blinds to trap air and provide excellent insulation, making them ideal for climates with extreme temperatures. The honeycomb pattern also helps to reduce glare and provides privacy. And because the cells are staggered, light can still filter through without causing harsh glare. 

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How to clean honeycomb blinds?

The best way to clean honeycomb blinds is by using a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery attachment. If there is any dirt or dust on the honeycomb surface, it will be sucked up by the vacuum cleaner. You can also use a damp cloth to clean them, but make sure that you dry them properly afterwards.

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How to clean zebra blinds?

Zebra blinds are made from a lightweight, durable, and slightly sheer fabric. The best way to clean them is by gently vacuuming them with the upholstery attachment. If there are any stubborn spots or stains, you can use a mild detergent or dish soap diluted in water and then sponge it onto the fabric. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and let the blinds air dry.

How much are zebra blinds?

The cost of zebra blinds varies depending on the size and type of blind. The most important factor is the size of the window. Larger windows will require more fabric, as do zebra blinds with blockout fabric.

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Can you see through zebra blinds at night?

As zebra blinds are made of a semi-opaque and slightly sheer fabric, at night you may see slight shadows behind the blinds. For increased privacy you can include a blockout roller shade at the back. 

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Do zebra blinds provide privacy?

Yes, zebra blinds provide excellent privacy in the daytime and good privacy at night time.  They are made with alternating sheer and opaque fabric panels that help to control the amount of light that comes into a room as well as the visibility from the outside.

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How to clean panel blinds?

The easiest way to clean panel blinds is by first taking them off the window and using hot, soapy water or a mixture of vinegar and warm water to gently wipe down each slate  with a cloth. Remember to wring out the cloth in between cleaning each panel so you don’t end up with streaks. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment to remove all the dust and dirt from the slats by gently brushing them with the vacuum cleaner brush. 

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Panel blinds vs roller blinds

Panel blinds and roller blinds are both great options for your windows but they each have their own unique benefits. Panel blinds are made up of a series of panels that can be opened and closed to control the amount of light and privacy coming into the room. They're a good option if you want to have complete control over how much light comes in and they're also a good choice for large windows.

Roller blinds are perfect for small windows or doors because they take up very little space. They're also a good choice for rooms with high ceilings because they can be raised all the way up to the top of the window. Roller blinds are easy to operate and provide plenty of privacy.

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Panel blinds vs vertical blinds

It depends on a number of factors, such as the size and layout of the window, the type of fabric used for the blinds, and the level of natural light entering the room. 

Both panel blinds and vertical blinds are suited well to glass sliding doors and large windows. They both provide effective light control and privacy. 

Their differences can be found in temperature control and cost.

Vertical blinds are generally more affordable than panel blinds but there is some variation depending on fabric and size.

When it comes to temperature control, panel blinds are considered a better option. They are better at regulating your indoor temperature in your home or office than vertical blinds as they have less blades to allow the heat to escape. 

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Can panel blinds help thermal insulation?

Yes, panel blinds can help thermal insulation. The layer of fabric between the panes of glass in a window helps to prevent heat gain in the summer. They are better at regulating your indoor temperature in your home or office than vertical blinds as they have less blades to allow the heat to escape. However, panel blinds are less effective at preventing heat loss in the cooler months. 

Panel blinds are preferred over vertical blinds for temperature control. However, we recommend looking at roller blinds or roman blinds for improved insulation in a blind.

How long do Roman Blinds last?

Roman blinds can last anywhere from five to 10 years, but the lifespan of your blinds will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of the materials, how often they are used, and how well they are taken care of.

Are Roman Blinds expensive?

It depends on the type of Roman blinds, the materials used, the size of your windows, and any special features you’d like to include.  Roman blinds are more expensive than roller blinds due to the quality of the material used, the care, time and detail required to produce an excellent, high quality product. 

Our Roman blinds are made-to-measure and are crafted by skilled experts who have a high attention to detail and care.

When to use Roman Blinds?

Roman blinds can be used in any room of the house, but are often seen in bedrooms and bathrooms. They are a good choice for rooms with high ceilings because they help to draw the eye downward and add a touch of elegance.

Roman blinds can also be used to provide privacy or to block out light. They come in a variety of styles and colours, so you can find the perfect ones to match your decor.

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What is better: Roman or Roller Blinds?

It depends on your specific needs and preferences. Roman blinds are a good option if you want some privacy and need a lightweight window covering. They also look elegant and can be made to fit any window size. Roman blinds can also be designed with beautiful, patterned fabric which will add some colour and personality to your space. They can be teamed with curtains to provide better insulation.

However, roller blinds are a better choice if you need something that can completely block out light or provide more insulation for your home within the one window furnishing. Roller blinds can also be rolled right up so they can be unseen and allow the rest of your room or outdoor view to shine. They can also be styled with other window coverings such as curtains or venetians. 

Roman blinds are typically used in more traditional style homes and roller blinds in more modern or contemporary settings. 

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Are vertical blinds expensive?

Whether or not vertical blinds are expensive depends on the type and quality of the vertical blinds. Generally, though, vertical blinds are more expensive than traditional horizontal blinds because they provide more coverage and can be used in a wider variety of spaces.

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Can vertical blinds be washed?

Yes, vertical blinds can be washed. In most cases, they can be machine-washed on a gentle cycle using cold water and a mild detergent. However, it is important to check the manufacturer's instructions before washing them to ensure that you are using the correct care methods.

It is also important to note that vertical blinds should not be dried in a dryer. Instead, they should be air-dried or line-dried. Drying them in a dryer could cause them to become brittle and susceptible to breaking. 

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Are vertical blinds outdated?

Vertical blinds remain a practical and versatile option for windows within the home or office. However, many newer homes and offices are opting for a number or other options such as sheer curtains, horizontal blinds or plantation shutters instead. We provide a range of modern vertical blinds that are appealing to people seeking a more luxurious or sophisticated interior. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

Vertical blinds do have many benefits, such as being easier to clean than other window coverings and being a good choice for large windows. 

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Are vertical blinds good for bedrooms?

Vertical blinds are an ideal blind for bedrooms because they provide privacy and light control. The long vertical slats can be made from a variety of fabrics to match your interior decor and are a popular choice for large windows or sliding doors. The slats can be easily rotated to provide complete privacy or opened to allow the light to shine in at varying degrees.They are more low maintenance than other types of blinds and generally more affordable. 

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What’s the easiest way to clean Venetian Blinds?

The easiest way to clean Venetian Blinds is by first taking them off the window and using hot, soapy water or a mixture of vinegar and warm water to gently wipe down each slate  with a cloth. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment to remove all the dust and dirt from the slats by gently brushing them with the vacuum cleaner brush. 

Do Venetian Blinds keep heat in?

While Venetian blinds are great at reducing the amount of heat coming into the room from sunshine, they are not as effective at keeping the heat within your room. Windows create a doorway for substantial heat loss within a home. If you’re wanting to prevent heat loss, we would recommend blockout blinds or curtains which provide further insulation in the cooler months.

Which Venetian Blinds are best?

Venetian blinds are a popular window treatment choice because they are practical, stylish and provide both privacy and light control. Venetian blinds consist of horizontal slats that can be pivoted to control the amount of light passing through the window opening.

There are two main types of Venetian blinds: 

Wooden venetian blinds are a classic choice and can be stained or painted to match any décor. However, they are not suited to long-term moisture exposure or high humidity in areas like the bathroom, kitchen or laundry. 

Aluminium venetian blinds are durable, won’t warp with moisture and can be wiped clean with a cloth. The downside of aluminium venetian blinds is that it can take longer to clean as you’ll need to wipe down or vacuum each individual slate. 

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How much do Roller Blinds cost?

The cost of roller blinds varies depending on the size and type of roller blind. The most important determining factor is the size of the window. Larger windows will require more fabric, as do double roller blinds. Double roller blinds have both blackout and sheer sunscreen blinds on the one bracket. Another factor to consider is the type of fabric you choose as this can also determine the cost.

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What is the difference between Roller Blinds & Vertical Blinds?

Roller blinds are made from a single piece of material that is wrapped around a roller at the top. This is mounted on a track so that the blind can be raised and lowered.

Vertical blinds are panels of fabric, plastic or metal held together by chains, cords or tapes. The panels can be rotated to open up the window completely, or turned to one side to cover it partially. 

The main difference between roller blinds and vertical blinds is that vertical blinds have more panels which can be opened and closed to control the light and privacy entering a room, while roller blinds usually have one large panel which covers the entire window. Roller blinds are also easier to clean as they can be unrolled.

Which Roller Blinds are best?

The two most popular types of roller blinds are standard and blackout. Standard roller blinds have a translucent fabric that allows some light to pass through, while blackout roller blinds have a fabric that blocks out all light. 

Both types of roller blinds are easy to install and can be operated with a simple pull cord. They are also affordable and durable, making them a great choice for any home or office.

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Can Roller Blinds be cut to size?

Yes. All of our blinds are made-to-measure. When you book in a consultation, we’ll visit your home or workplace and take a precise measurement of your windows and create tailor-made roller blinds that fit your windows perfectly. 

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Curtains
Will sheer curtains block sunlight?

Sheer curtains are made from a delicate transparent and lightweight material that acts more like a sunlight diffuser than a sunlight blocker. The sheers will soften the sunlight and reduce its glare.

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How to clean sheer curtains?

Sheer curtains can be cleaned by hand-washing them in cold water with a mild detergent. Be sure to avoid scrubbing the fabric too hard, or it may become damaged. Rinse the curtains well and air-dry them away from direct sunlight. If necessary, you may also use a steamer to remove any wrinkles or creases in the fabric.

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Which curtains are best for your bedroom?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best curtains for your windows will depend on a variety of factors including the size and shape of your windows, the type of light that comes into your home, and your personal taste.

If you want to let in more natural light, opt for sheer curtains or window treatments that allow light to pass through. If you want to block out sunlight, create insulation or maintain a private space in your home, choose thick curtains with a blockout backing to provide more insulation.

It’s also important to consider the style of curtains that will complement your décor. Curtains can bring something to the room which may be lacking - whether that’s warmth, light control, privacy or bringing a touch of elegance to the room.

Various curtain fabrics, colours and lengths also need to be considered. A popular choice right now is to pair heavier curtains with sheers to provide day and nighttime privacy, temperature control, and filtered light in the room during the daytime.

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