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How to Measure for Window Blinds and Shades

For optimal performance, window blinds and shades need to be measured correctly. The two most common installations are inside mounting, where the window blinds and shades are installed inside the window frame, and outside mounting, where the treatments will sit outside the frame. Which measurements you need are dictated by the type and style of your window treatments. 

Which Option is Best for You?

Before you can measure for your new window treatments, you need to decide which installation option is best for you and your needs. Some considerations include:

  • Household Activity Types
  • Window Shape
  • Level of Light Control Required
  • Type of Window Treatments

During your in-home consultation with HiTech Shading, their experts will help you determine which type of mounting option will provide the best outcome. Once you’ve decided on where the window blinds and shades will be installed, great care should be taken to measure the area correctly, particularly if you are having them custom made for your home.

Measuring for an Inside Mount

When measuring your windows for mounting inside the frame, you need to get an exact measurement. To do this, use a steel measuring tape and round down to the nearest 1/8th of an inch. Take the measurements flush with the inside edge of the frame. You will need at least six measurements:

  • Top Vertical
  • Middle Vertical
  • Bottom Vertical
  • Left Side
  • Middle Horizontal
  • Right Side

More often than not, windows are not completely square, but this only becomes apparent when the windows are measured for new treatments, or when poorly fitted shades are installed. 

Measuring for an Outside Mount

You will still need the six measurements listed above, the main difference; however, is how far you take your measurements out. For installing treatments on the outside of the frame you will want to decide how far across and down the blinds and shades will go, and take your measurements accordingly. 

Be careful to record the information accurately, especially for custom ordered products, as these often cannot be fixed to meet the correct measurements. When in doubt, it’s best to leave the measurements to the professionals at HiTech Shading.

To learn more about how to measure for your new window blinds and shades, or to request an in-home consultation in the Austin, TX, and surrounding areas, please contact the experts at HiTech Shading today!

HiTech Shading Announces the Benefits of Installing Plantation Shutters in Austin Area Homes

HiTech Shading has announced that installing plantation shutters in Austin area homes provides homeowners with a number of benefits, including increased curb appeal and reduced heating and cooling costs.

Austin, TX – August, 2016 – HiTech Shading, a local window treatment installer for Austin area homes, has announced that plantation shutters, which have seen a spike in popularity, provide homeowners with a number of valuable benefits. 

The rise in popularity is in large part due to the customizable nature of the plantation shutters, coupled with the cost saving benefits. Plantation shutters can effectively save Austin area homeowners on heating and cooling costs. This type of window treatment also helps reduce glare and adds another layer of insulation to windows.

New materials and manufacturing techniques have allowed more customization of plantation shutters than ever before. With the improvements in style, plantation shutters can seamlessly blend into the current decor, or stand out proudly as conversation starters. Customizable style options include:

  • Size of panels
  • Color and texture
  • Width of spacing
  • Materials
  • Layout of panels

Mobile panels allow homeowners to easily customize the amount of light and the angle of entry to meet the current and ever changing needs of the family. They are commonly installed either vertically or horizontally across the windows. Half circle windows also look beautiful with plantation shutters.

Caring for this type of window treatment is another aspect that has influenced the growing trend in Austin. Plantation shutters can be easily cleaned with a duster or soft cloth, and move easily to allow access to the window.

Those interested in learning more about the customizable plantation shutters in Austin and the surrounding areas are encouraged to contact HiTech Shading to request their free in-home consultation. 

About HiTech Shading

For over 10 years, HiTech Shading has proudly served the Austin, TX and surrounding areas with outstanding customer service and beautiful, custom window treatments. As a locally owned and operated business, they guarantee their work 100 percent.

For more information, please visit: www.blindsandshadesaustin.com or call (512) 387-2743.

The Benefits of Faux Wood Window Blinds

Window treatments, regardless of type and style, are designed to control the amount of light and visibility allowed in through a window. The type of window treatment, however, depends a great deal on personal tastes and the needs within the household. There are countless options for window treatments, in the Austin area, however, faux wood window blinds are a popular option because of a number of benefits.

Better Durability Over Other Window Treatment Options

Likely the biggest reason for their increasing popularity is that faux wood window blinds can withstand the brutal heat common in the Austin area. Unlike real wood, faux wood will not warp or bend when the heat and humidity rises, making them ideal additions to kitchen or bathroom windows. They also provide better protection against damages in high traffic areas, such as living rooms or children’s play spaces. 

Customizable for Wide Appeal

Long gone are the days where faux wood blinds look like cheap knock-offs. Today, new manufacturing techniques and materials have opened up a wider selection of customizable features, including, but not limited to:

  • Wood type
  • Finish or stain color
  • Size of slates 
  • Texture

Now, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between real wood and faux wood from a distance. Due to their customizable nature, faux wood blinds can seamlessly blend into any decor scheme, providing beauty and elegance to the room. 

Ease of Care and Cleaning

Caring for real wood often requires specialized cleaning products to reduce the risks of damaging the blinds. Faux wood, however, can be cleaned using any standard household cleaner, and a soft cloth or duster, making them ideal for busy families. They can even be removed and cleaned with hot soapy water to remove built up grease from kitchen areas. 

Budget Friendly

Faux wood window blinds are a budget friendly option for window treatments. Since they are made from cheaper material than real wood blinds, faux wood provides all the beauty of real wood, for a fraction of the price. They can withstand the intense heat and humidly common in the southern part of the US, which reduces the need to replace window treatments while improving air transfer rates. 

HiTech Shading

To learn more about the benefits of faux wood window blinds and other shade options, or to request your free in-home consultation in the Austin and surrounding areas, please contact the experts at HiTech Shading today!

HiTech Shading Announces Current Trends for Austin Blinds and Shades

HiTech Shading has announced that current trends for window treatments in Austin combine style with function.

Austin, TX – August, 2016 – HiTech Shading, a locally owned window treatment company, has announced that area homeowners now prefer window treatments that provide both functionality and fashion. Austin blinds and shades have benefited from advances in technology and now provide protection from sun glare, harmful UV exposure, and costly air transfer, while maintaining the visual appeal of the home. 

Advances in manufacturing and material have greatly increased the effectiveness of window treatments, particularly regarding the reduction of the harmful effects of long term sun exposure. The sun not only can cause health complications, but can also wreak havoc on the home itself. Window treatments, such as those at HiTech Shading, protect the home’s furnishings from sun bleaching and can reduce heating and cooling costs.

In Austin, blinds and shades do more than reduce glare, they also make a fashion statement. Window treatments are now completely customizable. Homeowners now have more options for their treatments, so they can match their ideal blinds or shades to their home decor without having to sacrifice on curb appeal. Customizable options include:

  • Size
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Style
  • Material

The wide variety of window treatments also allows homeowners greater freedom in their curtains or drapery, and many do not feel the need for added accessories because their new blinds or shades meet their style and fashion needs.

Those interested in learning more about how window treatments are now fashionable and functional are encouraged to contact HiTech Shading directly.  HiTech Shading is currently offering free in-home consultations for local area homeowners interested in updating their home’s window treatments. 

About HiTech Shading

HiTech Shading has proudly served their neighbors in Round Rock and the surrounding area for more than 10 years. As a locally owned and operated window treatment consultant, they know what works for Austin area homes.

For more information, please visit: www.blindsandshadesaustin.com or call (512) 387-2143.