Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter can be very costly. The doors and windows in your home are a major source of heat in the warm months and heat loss in the cold months. Doors often have large windows that allow sunlight in. Thin glass may also allow heat to escape when you don’t want it to. Door and window blinds will help to eliminate these problems.
Custom blinds are a great option as doors or windows typically don’t look so great with curtains. You can buy blinds to match the rest of the room and you can get a size that fits just right. Here are a few tips to help you decide on the right blinds for you.
Double Check Your Measurements
If you are looking for custom order blinds make sure that your measurements are spot on. Here are couple things to watch out for.
Make sure the door/window handle is accounted for. The handle may cause the blinds to lie in an awkward position if the blinds are too big. It may be necessary to cut a few of the slats to allow the blinds to fit over the door knob.
For sliding glass doors/windows be sure of your measurements. They need to be just the right length and height for them to look and work correctly.
Types of Blinds
There are two general types of blinds, vertical and horizontal. Each type is better suited for a particular situation.
The vertical blind is most often used with sliding glass doors. They run on an overhead track and are free at the bottom. The vertical blind can be opened to allow some or all of the doors to be exposed.
The horizontal blind is used on individual windows and doors. When pulled they retract upwards. They lend a very nice look to a door or window when they are custom fitted properly.
Blinds come in a variety of different styles and materials. You can find a great look that goes with your style, especially if you search for blinds online, as you will find many more options on the internet. You can get door blinds in wood, fabric, bamboo, vinyl and many other materials. The style of blinds for your door vary greatly too. There are cellular, which are good for insulation, enclosed, French, and many more. I love wood blinds, they give a really nice look to a room. Wood blinds do require a bit more maintenance but they are worth it.
Saving Money with Blinds
A nice set of door blinds, especially custom made, will cost you a bit of money. But the savings in energy alone will pay for the blinds over time. While you save on energy costs you will also be giving your home a classy look that you will enjoy for years to come.