Delivery time depends on what a customer orders: blinds can take as few as ten days: shades about 3 weeks; and shutters can take 5–7 weeks.
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The mount refers to the way you will hang your window treatment, either inside or outside the window opening.
Inside mounts are mounted inside the window opening that is recessed from the wall. An inside mount provides a clean look and is probably the most common way to hang blinds today.
The minimum window sill depth for an inside mount varies depending on the product. The depth required for each product is listed under its specifications.
Outside mounts hang outside the window opening and are mounted either on the wood frame or above and beyond the wood frame. Outside mounts are great for doors, for windows with obstructions (such as security-system hardware), or for windows with a very shallow windowsill depth that would make an inside mount impossible. An outside mount can also be used to make a window appear larger, or to hide an unattractive window.
A blind or shade referred to as side mount fits within your window frame and is mounted on the left and right sides. A side mount option may be required for special situations. Select products come with a side mount option if an inside or outside mount is not an option. Products for which this is available will let you choose between inside, outside or side mount when building your blinds or shades.
Light that filters through from behind translucent fabrics, known as “backlighting,” can soften the appearance of a fabric’s color and highlight its texture. The swatches on our website do not show the effect of backlighting. If you want to see how backlighting in your home will affect the color or texture of a given fabric, you should request free swatches from us so you can see it firsthand.
Most of our products will provide privacy at night. Solar screen shades, or any product referred to as “transparent”, will not provide privacy. Shadows may be visible from the outside on light-filtering materials. We recommend ordering swatches to make your evaluation prior to ordering the product.
A solar shade’s openness factor is a measure of how much light it lets in. Solar shades are designed to reduce harsh glare and UV rays while still allowing you to see through them. The openness factor is expressed as a percentage, which indicates the amount of light being let in. A higher percentage will mean you preserve more of your view during the day, but let in more glare and UV rays, and have less privacy at night. The most popular openness factor is 5%. We recommend ordering swatches before placing your order so you can decide how much openness you’d like for your shades.
Opacity refers to the amount of light a fabric will let through. Materials that are opaque, and block all light, are referred to as “blackout.” Please note that some products made with blackout materials will still let in light around the edges. Room-darkening products will block most of the light, but are not completely opaque. Light-filtering products will glow during the day and allow some light to come into the room while still providing privacy. Transparent and solar products will preserve your view to some degree, but will not provide privacy. Opacity can be added to some products with the addition of a blackout liner.
The top-down/bottom-up feature provides versatile light control and privacy. It allows you to raise your shade from the bottom as well as from the top. You can lower the top of the shade to let light in while maintaining privacy below, or simply raise the bottom as with a traditional shade.
This popular option has a hidden control system that eliminates the lift cord and allows you to raise or lower the shade easily with the touch of a finger. This removes the possibility of tangled lift cords. Many cordless products are considered safer for homes with children and pets. Look for the “Safer for Kids” label when choosing options, and visit our Child Safety page for more information.
The continuous cord loop option is popular for wide or heavy shades. It allows you to open them easily and eliminates dangling cords for a neater appearance.
Light-filtering shades allow sunlight to diffuse gently through the fabric to illuminate the room without harsh glare. Room-darkening shades let in less light than light-filtering shades, which keeps rooms darker during the day. Blackout shades are designed to block all light from entering the window. All three options block damaging UV rays and help protect your furnishings.