When to Replace Your Mini Blinds

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Window treatments are an investment that you choose to make on your home, and very rarely is it an affordable one. While it is something that we suggest every homeowner invest in, it’s necessary that they’re looked at as an investment and not just an additional piece of decor within your home. As with any other investment, there is a time where your blinds will fill their lifetime and it’ll be time to replace them, and you will then have to choose to invest in another form of window treatments. If you have had the blinds on your windows for quite some time, then there are a few ways that can help you better determine if it’s time for you to replace your blinds.

Bent Slats

Mini blinds are constructed with a layering of slats, but over time it’s not uncommon for these slats to get bent. Between children that play with them, pets that jump onto them, sun that warps them and accidents that can create some serious bends in them, your mini blinds can start to look a little bit worn. When slats get bent or warped, they don’t look great, but the primary concern here is that they’re no longer effective. These slats are meant to keep out sunlight and increase efficiency, and when they’re warped like this it’s impossible for them to do so. Aside from the fact that this sign offers the opportunity for a serious upgrade to the interior of your home, it is also a sign that the efficiency of your home could be improved.

They Aren’t Helping

Window treatments look great, but the truth is that we often add them so that we can have some control over the light that’s coming into our house. If you invest in window treatments and they aren’t providing you with control over the natural light, or you’re still having issues with unwanted glares, then it is time for you to invest in a new type of window treatment. When one window treatment doesn’t work, there is another that can provide you with different results. Whether that be doubling up on your window treatments so that you have blinds and curtains, or switching to a film that automatically lessens the intensity of UV rays coming through your window, there is an alternative that we can provide you with, depending on concerns brought up during a consultation.

treat7Discoloration

Blinds offer protection from the harsh rays of the sun. One of the primary benefits that homeowners see from window treatments is a decrease in discoloration of furniture. While this does help furniture, it’s not uncommon for window treatments to pick up the damage. If you have blinds that are a certain color, or even plain white, you will likely see a distinct discoloration when they become older. This is from constant contact with the sun and is a pretty common reaction for something that will receive contact with so many UV rays. While it would be great to avoid this, there is no one way to keep your blinds from discoloration, which is what makes this one sign, one of the most reliable signs that it’s time to look into investing in new window treatments.

While this is more common in plastic mini blinds, you may also see this in wood blinds, especially based on the color of the blinds that you got. Darker woods will see some discoloration, but white wood blinds could also turn into a yellow color that looks less than pleasing in a home.

Arjay’s Window Fashions is a place where you can find endless styles of window treatments. If you are ready to invest in some new window treatments, call our office and schedule an appointment with a member of our team. We can provide you with further information on what types of window treatments are out there and which styles will be most beneficial for your needs.

Make sure to check back in the next couple of days for a few other ways that you can determine if it’s time for you to invest in new window treatments! We want to do our best to ensure that you’re always aware of when it’s time to look into new window treatments, not only because they look great, but because the benefits that they offer is impossible to deny.
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Plantation Shutters are Stealing Hearts

shutterWelcome to the Arjay’s Window Fashions blog post! We are excited to have you visiting, and we can only assume that it means you’re in the market for some new window treatments. As one of the leading providers of window coverings in Ventura, you can count on us to have tons of options to choose from. One of the styles that are commonly asked about are the plantation shutters that are quickly spreading in popularity. If that’s what you’re looking for, we have them! In the case that you’re not entirely sold on what this particular type of window treatment has to offer, we’re going to give you some of the reasons that we’ve fallen in love with this style of window covering.

A Classic Look

Something that most of our customers consider is whether or not the window treatment that they choose will work nicely in their home. Window treatments can complement your home, but they can also add too much flare that then makes them an accessory and something that will likely only be in style temporarily. For that reason, most customers will stick to classic blinds like mini blinds or wood blinds if they’re trying to get a little creative, but those don’t have to be the only option. Plantation shutters also offer a very classic look without making your windows look like the typical treatments that are found in hom
es. These window treatments offer texture, versatility, efficiency and all while leaving you with a look that won’t be difficult to work around.

Texture

One of the other reasons that people invest in window treatments is because of what they add to a room. While they can tie a space together, they can also contribute in the form of texture. Blinds offer some texture, but they’re pretty simple in the way that they sit. If the only texture that you’re enjoying is coming from the pleated structure that the mini blinds require, then it’s time to venture to other options and see what types of window treatments can provide different types of texture. One of the reasons that plantation shutters are so incredible is because of the three-dimensional structure that they’re built with. Since they are one of the thicker options to choose from, you get quite a bit of texture from this design. Aside from the dimension of the covering, you will also find texture in the slats of the shutters that layer up. Altogether, this is a quick and easy way to add quite a bit of texture to a room that might be lacking.

shutter2Extremely Efficient

Plantation shutters, because of how thick they are, provide a pretty incredible layer from the window to the room. That means that the level of efficiency that you are adding to your house is going to be a bit more than other window treatments would provide. If you’re looking for a way to make sure that a home with older windows can still maintain some sort of efficiency, plantation shutters are one of the thicker, more solidified options that you can choose from.

Easy to Pair

When the design element is your primary concern, then plantation shutters become a primary choice because of how easy they are to pair, while still contributing a feel to your room. Another design element that makes this window treatment so incredible is that they are easy to match with other forms of window treatments, like curtains. These two window treatments complement each other incredibly and add so much to any room that they’re in! This also leaves opportunity to have a basic and custom window treatment, but still offers the freedom to put your own styling options into the window treatments that you choose.

Plantation shutters aren’t just any window treatment, they are one of the most popular, but also beautiful, options that are on the market. If you are interested in adding plantation windows to your home, it’s time that you reach out to Arjay’s Window Fashions. We can provide you with all of the options that you need to find the perfect fit and answer any questions that you have. Call our office today for a consultation on your window treatments.

Benefits of Adding Window Treatments to Your Home – Part 2

treat3 In our last blog post, we covered a few of the reasons that choosing to invest in window coverings or window treatments, is a fantastic idea. In our blog post today, we are going to go over a few of the other reasons that you should strongly consider investing in high-quality window treatments from Arjay’s for your home.

Take Control of Lighting

Natural light is one of the factors that contributes to value when a house is on the market. There’s something that is incredible about having plenty of natural light in a house. It provides a feel to the space that is incredibly light, warm and really makes it feel like home. While natural light is usually something that people want, it’s not until you’re settled in that you notice that the natural light you loved before buying is shining right on your television, or wakes you up earlier than you need to on weekends. Having control of the lighting situation is another one of the great reasons that you should consider adding window treatments into your home.

Because there are so many styles of window coverings to choose from, you really do have all of the power in dictating how much light you’d like to have in your home. Between the different styles and different amounts of thickness with window treatments, there are plenty of options with how much light you allow in while your window treatments are on. From window coverings that black out the room from any natural light coming into lighter treatments that provide you with the benefits of protection from direct UV rays and added efficiency, while still allowing natural light to make it’s way in, you can pick and choose from room to room what window treatment will be the best for your home.

In the case that you can’t find a
window treatment that gets it all done, Arjay’s also provides the option of custom window treatments for you to work with us on, that way you can have the exact treatment that you’re looking for and the results that you’ve wanted all along.

treat4Add Style & Personality

If you are big on the design feature of your home, then adding window treatments is just one more area where you can go ahead and take control of the personality within your home. These are one of the more mute additions that you can make to your home while still creating a space that reflects the style of you and your family. These design elements are something that you can take from home to home, but is more often than not going to be a feature that people are looking for when purchasing a home.

If you and your family are a group of people that move around frequently, this is an added feature that you can use to create a home right now, and then later turn into a selling point when your house is back on the market. This is something that we do see people looking for when they’re shopping around for a house. If this is the case, sticking with something a little more classic like our wooden blinds or shutters might be a great safety space that allows for you to enjoy them now, but also makes it easy for whoever buys the house to implement them into their design.

If you are going for something that is a little bit more unique, you may want to consider the amount that you’re going to invest in them or consider window coverings like curtains that you can take from home to home. We can help you create the perfect combination of window treatments that provide the effects that you like, with a great set of curtains that scream of style.

Arjay’s Window Coverings is the place to go when you’re in need of quality window treatments that you can count on. If you’re interested in learning more about the options that we have in our showroom, call our office and set up an appointment to work with a member of our team. We would be more than happy to help you find the perfect window coverings for your home, and can work through the pros and cons of various styles so that you feel confident in the choices that we are providing you with. Call our team today!

Benefits of Adding Window Treatments to Your Home

treatA home is no small investment that you make, it’s one that you literally live with for quite some time. Aside from that, it requires quite a bit of money, upkeep and works in order for it to be the sanctuary that you always hoped. While the exterior of your home can look plenty beautiful, it’s the inside that becomes a safe space for you and your family, and that’s the space where you really have the ability to make your house, a home. One of the ways that people add a touch of flare to their homes is through window treatments, and Arjay’s Window Fashions is where they go.

Window coverings come in plenty of styles, fits, and designs, but they all provide quite a bit of your home. There are plenty of reasons that people choose different designs, but for the most part, each type of window treatment provides a basis of benefits to the home. Here are just a couple of the benefits that you see when you add some form of window treatment to your home.

Protection of Furniture

One of the primary reasons that people wind up having window treatments installed in their home is because of the protection that it provides the interior of the home with. This is primarily in regards to furniture, but can also relate to painting, flooring and more. When UV rays make their way through the untreated glass into your home, they can cause your furniture to quickly fade, leaving it looking worn and just plain old. When you add window treatments, you are given the opportunity to not only protect your furniture but compliment it. With how many different types of window treatments you are able to choose from, there are plenty of options that you are able to select in order to create an incredible flow through your house.

While it may not seem like this addition is something that will make a huge difference, you will notice that the more window treatments that you have throughout your house, the longer that your furniture and interior of your home as a whole, will look great. This makes it easier to sell your house later on down the road and can minimize the consistency with which you have to buy new furniture.

treat2Increase Efficiency

One of the primary reasons that people have window treatments installed in their homes is to increase efficiency in a home. With the fingerprint, we’re leaving on the planet being a primary concern, and our overall consumption of energy on the prowl, finding ways to maintain energy is something that everyone is trying to do. Window treatments can contribute greatly to the amount of energy that you’re saving, and with how many different options you are able to choose from, there are so many ways that you can make all of the windows in your home, efficient.

What’s great about window treatments offering an increase in energy efficiency is that you are able to choose what type of window covering you’d like to have installed, and can feel confident in whatever type of covering choose, to provide you with more efficiency. What we mean here is that, blinds provide the same efficiency as curtains, so you’re really able to mix and match as you see fit throughout your home, and still enjoy the energy savings.

You’ll notice the savings most during the months where temperatures change drastically, so the cooler and warmer months here in Ventura. This change, again, might seem like something small, but once you see your electric bill slowly starting to decrease in cost, you’ll realize just how beneficial this one little thing that you were able to do, has been.

Arjay’s Window Fashions offers a wide selection of window coverings and treatments that you can include in your house. Stop by our showroom today and allow for our team of professionals to help provide you with guidance on finding the right style for your home. We are more than happy to help and can work around any scenario. Make sure to check back for a blog later this week that will cover additional reasons that window treatments are so incredibly beneficial.