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How to Choose The Perfect Window Blinds

Whether you are moving into a new home or just renovating the home you are currently living in, you should keep in mind that replacing your blinds can be one of the most dramatic changes you can make.

Not many people think about replacing their window blinds when it comes time to renovate, and they just keep putting the same old blinds back up. But, if you want a drastic change in the look and feel of any room, changing your window blinds will give you that change.

Where to start looking for window blinds

When you start looking for different types of window blinds, you will see that there is a large variety available to you. Most of the common blinds are made from aluminum or fabric, although there are wooden blinds that are great for a more natural look and feel to your room.

Traditional or Mounted Window Coverings

 

However, what you really need to decide on is whether you want the traditional blinds that mount above the window, or the magnetic blinds that mount with a magnetic adhesive strip that attaches to the window frame itself. Magnetic blinds take away the need for tools and create a more clean installation than standard blinds.

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The only real issue with magnetic blinds is the fact that the adhesive deteriorates over time, and this can cause your blinds to suddenly fall from the window. Of course, there are things that you can do to make sure your blinds aren’t suddenly found on the floor. One thing is to check the adhesive from time to time and replace it if needed. You should also keep a constant temperature in your home; dramatic changing of temperature weakens the adhesive and will cause it to fail sooner.

Whatever type of blind you decide to go with, make sure you do some research before you purchase them. Some blinds are great for high humidity areas while others are perfect for drier conditions. You should also make sure that your measurements are correct as nothing is worse than having your blinds ready to put up and then find out that your measurements were off. If they are too short, you will have to purchase new blinds, but if they are long, you can center them over the window.

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How to Seal Old Windows

Weatherize Your Old Windows

Millions of people live in older homes with double hung windows in them that have a tendency to leak during bad weather. Or the tempered glass breaks, or the seal fails. Don’t let this make you go out and spend a fortune to replace your windows, though. Instead, use some tips and tricks to get them weatherized and you won’t have to worry about them for years to come.

In fact, by placing a small amount of weather stripping in the window sills, you can keep all that cold air and dust out of your home. It’s simple and very cost effective when compared to the price of new windows and installation.

Install New Window Weather Stripping

The best weather stripping to get for the sash and the jamb is a V-shaped stripping. This polypropylene stripping has an adhesive strip on one side that you apply to the jamb and presses against the sash sealing it.

The first thing you need to do in order to apply this stripping is measure the sash and add two inches before cutting. Once you have it cut, you’ll need to tape the open end of the V with a bit of scotch tape and open the replacement window all the way.

Slide the taped end between the sash and the jamb. Then, peel off the paper to adhere it to the jamb. With this being so simple it’s surprising more people aren’t saving money by weatherizing their windows instead of buying new ones.

Seal The Windows Properly

To seal the window where the sash meets the sill, just purchase a piece of compressible foam that has adhesive on one side. Clean the sill to make sure the adhesive sticks well, and install the foam. Now, when you close the window, make sure the window blinds aren’t in the way., it will compress the foam and create an air tight seal. If your windows have been painted shut and you never need to have them open, you can seal them with caulking or removable sealant instead of trying to fix them so they open. This is a great way of keeping the weather out of those rooms you may not use as much.

You can do some research online to find other ideas for sealing windows located in basements or attics where the moisture difference is noticeable. Basements should be highly waterproof in order for the seals to work correctly. Attics should be able to hold up to high changes in temperatures. By taking these steps, your home can be insulated from the weather at a reasonable price.

You can always call the pros at a company like Milgard and get their advice.

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Coverings or Curtain Blinds

Should you go with Window Coverings or Blinds?

When you decide to change out your existing window coverings, there are many choices that you have in order to get the feel that is unique to you and your home. Some people choose to go with curtains all through their homes, and others choose to go with a more modern aspect of window blinds.

But, there are some people that have decided to go both routes and choose to have curtain blinds installed. These are a combination of both curtains and blinds, and add a bit or airy amusement to any room they are in.

Benefits of Window Treatments

Not only can you have them made in specifications to the design of your room, but you can also choose what kinds of materials they are made of so it makes it easier on you, the designer, to match your curtain blinds with other furniture aspects in your rooms. This gives you a great amount of customization that other options fail to give.

Not only are you given the best of both worlds when it comes to window treatments and coverings, but they are sharply reduced in price compared to their singular components. This is a great option for people that may not have enough money to do their entire home in either blinds or curtains.

Now, you can combine these two options into one low price aspect that looks great and saves on your wallet. But you should be aware; you buy what you pay for, and if you pay a substandard price for these coverings, chances are you will end up with a substandard curtain blind that won’t last very long.

If you feel that you are falling into the trap of substandard material, you should take the time to do some research to see what other people have thought about the same product. There are quite a few blogs online that give opinions of all kinds of different products, and you are sure to be able to find some on the curtain blinds you have in mind.

You can also keep an eye on the ratings and comments from the places that you are thinking of purchasing these coverings from to get an idea of what other people have thought about their purchase of these products.

Many forget about decor for bathrooms. Not only do window treatments give a bathroom more appeal, it also helps customize it and give it that spa feeling we all want. You can match the curtain blinds or coverings with the vanity and the shower curtain.