When looking into window treatments for your home you have several options for the inside and outside. You will need to know what your expectations and goals of the window treatments are in order to choose the right one for you. This could be to decrease heat from direct sunlight, save money on energy, blocking sunlight that is causing damage to furniture or wood floors, or to add value to your home.
How much control over the treatments and their mobility are another factor to help pick the right window covering. If you prefer to control how much sunlight gets in to the home or if you would rather just have a constant shade; these are important considerations to make when making a decision.
Let’s look into the different options you have for window treatments.
Note: At All Pro Sun Screens, we specialize in custom sun screens, and do not install any other type of window treatment/shutters. The information below is to provide our clients with information of all of the options that exist for window coverings. If you are interested in sun screens, please call us for a free estimate!
Outdoor Window Treatments
Solar sunscreens can be placed on either the inside or outside of your home. Solar screens can be fixed onto your windows or made into roller shades to allow more control of the screens.
These screens are used to block out uv rays, glare, and heat from the sun. They are great for windows with direct sunlight as it can help decrease the heat and glare entering your home.
Using a sunscreen can decrease a room’s temperature by 12 degrees. This will aid in lowering energy cost to keep your home cool. It also adds value to your home.
When using solar sunscreen there is still visibility when looking outside. These are similar to the insect screen but provide more solar protection and cooling effects. So it will have limited effects on your ability to see the landscape and environment around your home.
Sunscreens help to protect your furniture, floors, and interior decorations from discoloration and wear from the sun’s rays.
Awnings are fixed or retractable shades placed above your windows to help block out some sunlight. Awnings are made from a variety of materials such as metal or synthetic fabric.
Awning does help to decrease the amount of heat that enters into your home from the sun. When using an awning, there does need to be ventilation holes in the awning to prevent hot air from being trapped underneath.
If getting fixed awnings on your home keep in mind that though awnings can help reduce heat in the summer months it can also increase heating cost during winter. To decrease this possibility have your awnings angled in order to capture the winter time sunlight or go with a retractable awning to give you more control.
Shutters are placed on the outside of the window either hinged to the sides of your window or placed above to roll down your window.
The hinged shutters resemble old time bar swinging doors that can be closed to provide privacy and reduce heat gain. These are usually made of wood or vinyl depending on your aesthetic.
Roller shutters are slats made of aluminum or plastic that interlock when rolled down to also provide privacy and reduce heat in your home.
Shutter usually do not provide visibility into or out of your home. This is perfect for those looking for security. These are also used for areas that experience intense storms as it can help protect the windows.
Indoor Window Treatments
Insulated Cellular shades
These shades resemble an accordion and will easily fold up or down to help provide shade in your home. Insulated cellular shades provide insulation for your windows due to its honeycomb design that creates small air pockets that reduce the amount of heat to pass through.
These shades provide little visibility, if any, to the outdoors. The shades do provide protection from heat gain during the summer months and heat loss during the winter months.
Using cellular shades on tracks is the most effective way to make sure you get the maximum efficiency. You are also able to have some control due to being able to adjust these shades to cover any portion of the window at a time.
Curtains and Blinds
Curtains are made of fabrics and sometimes lined with plastic to help reduce heat gain. Curtains ability to block out the sun’s heat does depend on color and type of fabric used.
A clear fabric curtain will provide little if any, protection from the sun’s rays, but a light to medium-colored blackout curtain will provide a sufficient amount of protection from heat gain.
To get the most out of curtains they will need to be installed very close to the window and reach at least to the window sill. Adding a cornice to the top of the window will help get the most out of your curtains. In order to get the maximum reduction in heat gain, the curtains must be closed with little to no sunlight getting through.
Blinds are vertical or horizontal slats usually made of wood or plastic. These do provide some assistance at decreasing heat gain and provide some added control over visibility and glare due to being able to adjust the angle of the blinds.
Window films consist of three layers that are applied directly to the glass; adhesive, polyester film, and a coating to reduce scratches. There are several additional options you can choose from such as tints or UV blocking films.
Window films do help reduce heat gain and can be great in summer months. However, during the winter months it will continue to block the sun’s rays that would otherwise help in heating your home.
Window films also help with reducing UV rays that could cause damage to your interior decorations. Window films are great for people who do not want anything blocking their visibility.
Getting the window treatment that works best with your style and utilization is important. Combining window treatments is a great way to provide added protection for your home’s interior as well as decrease your energy cost. With several options adding value to your home it’s a win-win situation.