Both blinds and shades offer a variety of benefits to homeowners. Choosing between the two can be a difficult task. If you aren’t sure whether to choose between blinds or shades for your windows, read about them below to find out which of these window treatments is the best option for you:
When it comes to light filtering and privacy, blinds give you a lot of control. The blinds’ slats can be tilted with the use of a rod to let in light as necessary. The blinds can also be lifted completely with the use of a cord to let in a lot of natural light. The slats are usually made of sturdy durable material, making them less prone to wear and tear, although if they are not maintained they may not last long. Blind maintenance is easy. The dust is easily removed with the use of a microfibre cloth and furniture polish.
Shades do not allow much adjustment when it comes to lighting as they can only be open, partially open or closed. This can be done manually, or an automated system can be put in place to lower and lift shades at the push of a button. However, shades do come in different materials, such as transparent and blackout, which gives you more control over the amount of light allowed into a room. Shades are made from soft material that can be damaged easily. When cleaning shades, you need to be sure not to be rough as this will cause wear and tear. Any major cleaning tasks should be dealt with by professionals.