Home Improvement Blog: A Toolbox of Ideas

Fall Inspired Window Treatments for your Windows

Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2011

It doesn’t take much to change your home décor along with the seasons.  Simple things like changing pillows or placemats to window treatments, which are an easy change to make, will add the influences of the current season.  It is often these small but impactful changes that keep our homes feeling cozy and updated.  Let’s take a look at a few simple ways to use the elements of autumn to change our window treatments.


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Tags: Window Treatments, Windows, Decorating Ideas

Replacement Windows - Window Blinds between the Glass?

Posted on Thu, Jul 28, 2011


The time has come to purchase replacement windows and you are considering all the options and accessories available in the market today.  One option is window blinds between the two panes of glass.  This is available for both windows and for doors.  When considering this option, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of having window blinds inside the glass.




Neat and Streamlined Looking

Window blinds between the glass provides a neat and streamlined look.  The blinds always remain in place, don’t get bent or broken from daily use and there are no annoying dangling cords.   As well, from the outside, your windows have a unified and consistent look.  It is very difficult to achieve this with regular blinds; often they are hanging slightly different or leaning because the “stop” isn’t holding the cording properly. 


Never Get Dusty

Obviously, if the window blind is in between the glass it is not exposed to the everyday dust other things in our home are exposed to.  The window blinds are protected not only from dust, but from air borne grease and grim in our homes.  You can cross off cleaning the blinds as one of your household chores when they are within the panes of glass.


Won’t Interfere with Window Treatments

When the window blinds are neatly tucked away under the glass, there is no interference with any windows treatments.  You won’t have to deal with the bulky header that houses all the mechanics of the blinds or deal with the blinds shifting around every time you open or close your curtains or drapes. 





Limited Colors

The window blind colors available for this option are limited.  So, you will need to choose from what is available from that specific manufacturer.  As well, you can’t change the color of the window blind every so often, so choose wisely the first time.


More Susceptible to Seal Failure

The design of the window unit is alter to accommodate the blinds, because of this alteration or accommodation the window is more susceptible to seal failure.  Seal failure will significantly decrease the windows energy efficiency level.  Also because of the design, it has been known that tiny spiders make their way in but cannot find their way out. 


Limited Warranty

This style of window has a more limited warranty than most windows without window blinds.  Therefore, you need to keep in mind that if a window breaks or something goes wrong you may be looking at buying a whole new window.  Look over the warranty in detail so that you are fully aware of what is covered and what is not as it will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.



Choosing replacement windows can change the overall look of your home.  Investigate all of your options, know all there is to know about them and make the best decision for you and the look of your home.    





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Tags: Window Treatments, Replacement Windows, Windows

5 Great Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2011

You have a beautiful bay window in your home and you are stumped as to what to use for window treatments. Here are 5 great window treatment options for dressing up your bay window.


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Tags: Window Treatments, Bay Window, Design