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Cellular vs. Solar Shades

Window shades can help you create just the right ambience for your spaces. But apart from the looks, there are several practical reasons for getting window shades for your windows.

One important reason to get window shades is they can help you control the amount of light or heat that gets inside a house or a room. Better heat and light control makes your house energy efficient.

Two modern window shades options are solar and cellular shades and both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Cellular Shades

Cellular or honeycomb shades are made from a pair of fabrics or sheets, with one side facing indoors and the other facing out. The side facing outwards reflects sunlight to prevent heat absorption. The air that gets trapped between the two layers also provides insulation from extreme heat and cold. Cellular shades can keep your rooms warm during winter and cool during the hotter months.

Solar Shades

Solar shades can also control glare and filter harmful UV rays. Solar shades are available in different options –

  • see-though shades that filter some light but do not obstruct your view completely
  • thick blackout for bedrooms where you need complete privacy and light control

Solar shades are ideal if you want to allow air in and diffuse harsh sunlight at the same time. See-through fabrics can be lined with thicker fabric for better light control.

If you are looking for cellular or solar window shades in Houston, check out Shades and Shutters or call them at 281-301-5680 for a FREE estimate and the best options for your windows. Shades and Shutters has been manufacturing and distributing quality window treatments since 2004, throughout the Greater Houston Metro area.

Which Window Wood Shutters should I buy?

Wooden shutters are one of the best window treatments you can go for. They are not only beautiful to look at but also durable.

Wood shutters may be made of –

# Oak and Maple – These woods are durable but the shutters would become heavy. Do not install them in windows that have to be opened and closed every day.
# Basswood – Basswood is one of the most reliable woods. The wood has a uniform texture and grain. Basswood shutters are lightweight and can be used for any type of windows.
# Pine and Cedar – Pine and cedar are soft woods. So, if you live in a place with moist climate, the shutters may warp easily.
# Faux Wood – Faux wood shutters bring you the best of both worlds. They look like wood but are more affordable and can be used in any windows or rooms.

Things to Remember while Buying Wooden Shutters

Quality
Pay attention to the quality of the window wood shutters. Buy only ones that have been made from high-quality materials. Less than the best quality will ruin the look of your home’s décor.

Budget
If you want only the best, go for real wood plantation shutters. But if you are operating on a budget, buy faux wood shutters. Faux wood shutters made from a blend of wood and plastic.

Faux wood shutters are affordable and resistant to water. That means you can install them in the kitchen and bathroom windows too, without worrying about moisture damage.

If you are looking for window wood shutters, check out Shades and Shutters or call them at 281-301-5680 for a FREE estimate and the best options for your windows. Shades and Shutters has been manufacturing and distributing quality window treatments since 2004, throughout the Greater Houston Metro area.