Living in a condo has its benefits; however, air conditioning is often not one of them. Long, warm summer days can seem like torture without ample shade or a fan. Luckily, we have found some sun-blocking window treatments to help you create a cooler home.
These shades have been around for awhile and come in a variety of shapes, materials, and styles, making them very versatile. The most effective shape is the honeycomb, which offers a double layer of protection from UV rays with its hexagon shape. Cellular shades assist in filtering light, insulating, and creating privacy. A few drawbacks include limited options for letting light in since they are either open or closed, and lack of fashion. Because cellular shades resemble pleated paper, they can often be an eye sore.
These blinds are customized to windows and act as dual protection when combined with interior blinds. Although they come in a variety of materials, mesh is the most common. Mesh creates privacy, shade, and is versatile from day to night. They are also extremely durable and offer a manual or electric option, which makes them easy to open and close, especially when outdoors. The only drawback is they are costly since they are custom fitted.
Reflective blinds are solar roller blinds that have a reflective material on the backside to help draw heat away. This type of blind does not darken a space, which makes them a good option for a living room or kitchen. In the winter, reflective blinds help with insulating and preventing drafts. Although they feature many positives, reflective blinds are not useful in a bedroom since they don’t offer much darkness.
Blackout Thermal Blinds
Blackout thermal blinds are a big trend, especially in the condo market. These blinds create complete darkness, which is why they are commonly used in the bedroom. Blackout thermal blinds are like reflective blinds in the way that they have a reflective backing and block out heat in the summer and insulate in the winter; however, instead of a pearlescent backing, blackout thermal blinds feature a white reflective backing. These blinds only have one function, so they are not a versatile option. Blackout thermal blinds are either fully open during the day or fully closed at night.
Curtains & Drapes
Curtains and drapes are a simple, affordable way to keep sunlight and heat from entering your home. They come in a variety of fabrics, designs, and styles. Thermal, reflective, blackout, and light-coloured curtains are some of the best options. When purchasing curtains or drapes, ensure they have a high R-value (insulating property), thread count, and contain multiple layers. A few drawbacks include discolouration or fading, as well regular maintenance such as washing.
Keep the heat out this summer with the help of a FairTradeWorks Advisor! Our Advisors will assist you with material selection, sourcing , and ensure your window coverings meet your needs. Schedule a free consultation today! Contact us at (604) 264-7366 to speak with one of our experts.