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Residential Window Blinds in Greater Washington, DC

Window blinds installed by Accurate Insulation MDChoosing window treatments is typically a matter of taste and preference. Yet, it’s great to be familiar with the functional differences of each option so you can determine the overall interior design and look for your windows.

Do you know the differences between window blinds, shades and curtains? What will be the primary purpose of your blinds? Will they be more decorative, or do you need blackout blinds? Would you prefer vertical or horizontal blinds? Would you need manual blinds such as roller blinds or Roman shades, or would motorized blinds be better for you?

Let’s learn more about window blinds and how they compare to a variety of window treatments.

What Are Window Blinds?

Blinds are one of the most popular styles of window covering. However, not all blinds look or operate the same. Blinds are “hard” window coverings composed of vanes or slats that tumble down the blind as it’s lowered (a horizontal orientation) or can be pulled across a window to stack lengthwise to the side (a vertical orientation).

These individual louvers or slats are formed together to create the complete blind and are usually controlled by a manual pull cord that lets you raise or lower the blind to cover the window.

When the blinds are closed, you can adjust the opening of the vanes to let in more or less light or close it tightly for privacy. They can also be adjusted or tilted at different angles for light control.

How Do Shades Compare to Blinds?

Shades are “soft” window treatments made of materials on a continuous roll to cover a large window opening, fitting snugly into your window and stacking neatly at the top. They’re made from one piece of material instead of individual slats like blinds. For this reason, shades are drawn up and down by cords or rolled up with a spring device; they can be adjusted up and down but not side to side.

Shades also come in a variety of styles, materials and sizes. Shades have no slats or vanes and provide a smooth look to your windows. This is why they’re called soft window treatments — the fabric and feeling of the shade are warm and flowing. However, unlike blinds, you can’t adjust for light filtering.

Why Choose Window Blinds Over Curtains?

Your home decor reflects your tastes and creates an aesthetic you can be proud of. One often overlooked consideration is whether you want window blinds or curtains for your home.

The primary differences between curtains and blinds are the fabric and the maintenance cost. Curtains are often the preferred choice, but many DC area residents want long-lasting, affordable, easy-to-clean options.

Over time, curtains are prone to tears and rips, while blinds are usually made of stronger materials like wood and composites. That means blinds can withstand more wear and tear and typically come with a longer life span.

Home window blinds are typically more affordable than curtains, depending on the material used in the blinds versus the material used in the curtains. Blinds come in various patterns, colors and styles — no matter your preferences and budget, you can find blinds that are right for you.

In addition to durability and affordability, blinds are easier to maintain and clean. For instance, you won’t have to worry about stains and mold as much with blinds compared to curtains. And unlike the fabric in cloth curtains, stains are easier to remove.

There’s no right or wrong solution when choosing window coverings for your home. The final choice depends on your own taste, the size of your windows and the style of your room.

Schedule a free consultation when you’re ready to deck your house out with new window blinds in the DC area.

Window Blinds Installation in the DC Area

Choosing window blinds can be daunting if you’ve never done it before. From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window treatment specialists at Accurate Insulation can help you install your new window blinds and create the perfect aesthetic for your home.

Save time by hiring our certified technicians to get the professional help you need with your residential window blinds installation.

Call 301-358-6411 and get your house looking just the way you want it.

Consider Accurate Insulation in the DC Area

Accurate Insulation is a leading supplier of quality window blinds in the DC area. Accurate Insulation strives to constantly increase efficiency and effectiveness for our clients by providing comprehensive tailor-made solutions for your needs.

We offer a variety of products and services, all with one goal in mind: to make your life easier. We can arrange for one of our installers to come to your home to measure your windows and install your new window blinds.

All our technicians are fully licensed, insured and background checked and are part of Accurate Insulation’s team of experts.

Call 301-358-6411 for help choosing the right window blinds, or contact us online to schedule your installation appointment with one of our pros.

FAQs About Window Blinds

How do I measure for blinds?

If you’re considering blinds that fit inside the window frame, measure the inside of the frame from left to right, then top to bottom. Subtract 1/4 of an inch from each measurement to allow the blinds to move without binding against the frame.

For blinds that fit outside the frame, measure from the left to right of the window, just past the molding, then from the top to bottom of the window, adding about 3 to 4 inches to each measurement for plenty of overlap.

For the best results, have our pros at Accurate Insulation measure for your window blinds. We’ll keep track of the sizes of all your windows and measure them accurately for consistent, great-looking results.

How much do blinds cost?

It’s hard to come up with a single price because there are so many factors. Your costs will depend on the type of blinds you choose, such as wood or vinyl, the number of windows that need blinds, and the sizes and types of windows.

For an accurate quote, it’s best to contact our team at Accurate Insulation.

We’ll measure your windows, discuss your options, recommend the best choices for your budget and give you a no-obligation quote.

How do I choose blinds for my window?

Your choice of window blinds will depend on your style preferences, budget and product availability. In the DC area, you have a choice of vertical blinds, horizontal blinds, window shades and more.

Horizontal blinds may be the least expensive, but they’re not as stylish. Vertical blinds often look better and are available in faux wood finishes, though at a higher cost. Vinyl blinds are colorful and economical, but wood laminates will usually last longer, and they’re far more attractive with their faux wood finishes.

Contact our team at Accurate Insulation to learn more about your style, finish and material options.

We can walk you through our available options and help you find the best choices for your budget.

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