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Windows are always fun to look through especially when you’re sitting in your dream home. However, you will find that the heat index and the light can be a bit of a burden down the line. If you are looking to gain a bit more control over the light and heat that you let in consider looking into proper window coverings. If you’re going to pick out a solution that is going to help you gain a semblance of control you’ve got to look at style, function, and budget.
The Layered Approach
First and foremost you should always consider whether you want privacy or you just want something simple. If you go with the lower end of the price points you will not get much coverage or privacy. Think of apartment complexes with simplified blinds. They usually let some light in never truly blocking out the luminous sunlight that comes in the morning and afternoon. Layering more options can help you and give you a bit of a barrier for heat, cooling, and more. With that in mind look for heavy curtains that can be layered on top of other solutions.
You could always consider setting up thermal vertical options. These can be custom fitted and will help you eliminate sunlight and heat that comes through a window pane. These can be on the inside or the outside depending of course on how you want to set up your shading and window coverings.
Another option that you’ll want to look at is horizontal mini-blinds. These can help with a variety of issues and come with adjustable options. Look for aluminum or wood offerings if you want to skip out on the “cheaper” side of the window covering options. You will want to consider the materials its made from as a major selling point just as much as it’s functionality.
If you’re looking to have a bit of protection from the outside looking in consider shutters. Exterior shutters can give you a bit more coverage especially if they are flexible. You will want these to be more than decorative though so be prepared to shop around. The downside here is that you will need to make sure that you maintain them over time. These are often susceptible to rot, broken hinges, and more.
At the end of the day the aforementioned are just a few things to consider when looking at window coverings. If you want form and function there are several options to consider. Each solution will give you a different vantage point in regards to how you move forward. When in doubt seek professional assistance so that you can go through the various offerings in this arena and find a clear advantage to highlight before moving forward. Window coverings can be a matter of form and function when done right.