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Specialized Window Treatments: Cellular, Solar, and Bamboo Shades

Cellular, solar, and bamboo shades use special construction and materials to help manage the light entering your windows. Let’s consider these three different types of specialized window treatments.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades have a similar look to pleated shades. The major difference is that cellular shades have a honeycomb structure between the pleats. This structure forms air pockets, or cells. This provides insulation that works in cold or hot weather.

The honeycomb structure can also tone down sounds. The more structure, or cells, between the pleats, the better the insulation, but the greater the cost.

As with most shades, cellular shades are offered in different fabrics that let in more or less light. They are also available with options that allow you to lower the shades from the top or the bottom, or both.

Cellular shades are a popular choice when you need a good looking, energy-efficient window treatment.

Solar Shades

The purpose of solar shades, also called solar screens, is to significantly cut down on heat and glare caused by the sun beating on your windows. If you have rooms that get a lot of sun during the day, a solar shade can keep the room cooler while letting in light. This can help you reduce the electricity you use and pay for when you need air conditioning and fans to cool down a room.

You can buy solar screens with different densities, also called openness percentage. The denser the material, the more sun it will block. The most common solar shades come in 80 or 90 percent density. The 90% screens usually come in black and brown. Although they definitely will block the sun’s heat, they tend to also restrict your outside view.

Different materials can be used to make solar screens, including PVC or synthetic material. They usually will not stretch and will lie flat, which makes them easy to clean.

Bamboo Shades/Natural Materials

Some people prefer an environmentally friendly material for their window treatments. Bamboo is the perfect solution here. One reason bamboo is considered a plus for the environment is that bamboo plants, which are technically considered grasses, are fast growing. Bamboo plants can produce good wood in 3 to 5 years, compared to 5 or 10 for other types of wood. Keep in mind that other natural materials such as woven reeds, hemp, and jutes are also being used for eco-friendly shades and blinds.

This type blind is very durable and is good for blocking out the sun. Bamboo shades provide a natural, calming look and feel for your window. They will fit in easily with most wood furniture as well as Asian wood such as teak. They will also compliment your use of the now popular bamboo flooring.

Other Shades

Click here for more detail about three other types of shades: roller, roman, and pleated shades.

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