You may have heard us boast before on this blog about the many benefits that motorized shades can bring to your home in Salt Lake City, UT, or the surrounding areas. Outside of their well-known stylistic benefits, motorized shades regulate your home's temperature, keep pets and small children safe, and protect your furnishings from sun damage.
While this versatility makes motorized shades stand out, it can also be challenging to understand what features and options are the best fit for your unique needs. How can you figure out if you're using the right fabric, color or even control option? Below we highlight a handful of questions we usually ask our clients when designing a tailored solution for them.
You might be worried about blocking some of your beautiful mountain views if you add motorized shades. The right shades will actually improve the view from inside your house. As outside lighting hits the dark fabric, it will be absorbed and reduce interior glare. You’ll see your beautiful mountain view even better through sheer shades than directly through the window. For that reason, it's important to note during installation which views you most want to preserve and ensure you're using dark fabrics like black or navy in those areas of the house.
Smart technology is typically associated with mobile apps, and, for some families, that is the primary way they want to access their motorized shades. However, that does not mean it is the right solution for everyone. Many people, especially in bedroom or media room settings, prefer having tactile remotes that offer more immediate control. How about using schedules or sensors to automatically have shades close at bedtime or when windows get hit directly by sunlight? Our shading specialists can walk you through all our control options to find one that feels most natural to you.
A window's direction will affect the amount of sunlight going into the room. Although you'll want to manage sunlight throughout the house, extra attention needs to be given to windows facing South and West. Usually, this comes down to your shade's openness factor—the bigger the openness factor, the more sunlight comes in. Experts recommend these South and West-facing windows have an openness factor between 1 and 5 percent.
Not only do you need to consider your window placement, but the room's purpose as well. There are some spaces where you might benefit from blackout shades with a zero-openness factor, so no sunlight gets in. As you sit down to watch a movie or settle in for a good night's rest, press a button to put down your shades and block out all light efficiently. Not only will we help you find the ideal shades for this, but our expert installers will minimize gaps on the side that can let additional light inside.
The general rule of thumb with shades is that what you can see out, people can see into your home. This could mean that preserving your beautiful view could put you at risk of neighborhood Peeping Toms. Thankfully, motorized shades offer an excellent solution for this.
Finding the right balance between style, comfort and privacy doesn’t have to be that difficult. Employ dual shade systems that let you incorporate two different types of fabrics on the same window. Opt for sheer shades during the day to enjoy your beautiful view then activate blackout shades at night to protect your family’s privacy.
The best way to get the most out of this technology is to work with a professional who can advise you directly on the best products and applications. Call us at (801) 444-3200, fill out our contact form or chat with us below to set up a one-on-one consultation with our shading team.