Calgary Shutters & Blinds Specialist
Your home's window treatments are a crucial part of its interior design. They play a major role in keeping your home comfortable, attractive, and even energy efficient. At Calgary Blinds and Shutters, our team of window treatment experts are dedicated to helping you find the perfect blinds, shutters, or shades for your home, and your satisfaction is always our number one priority.
Our Calgary blinds and shutters company offers a wide variety of window coverings, all of which are available in many styles and designs. Our specialists are always ready and eager to help you transform your home's atmosphere with beautiful, custom designed window treatments. Our professionals will work with you to make sure that your window treatments are a perfect complement to your home's architecture and interior design style, and we'll make sure that you're totally satisfied with our services and products.
During our free in-home consultations, our Calgary blinds and shutters experts will help you navigate our wide selection of window treatments and find the perfect products for your home. After you've made your decisions, we also provide measurement and installation services. With our quality products and superior customer service, you'll always know that you're getting the perfect blinds, shutters, or shades for your home.
Call us today to schedule your free consultations, or to ask any questions you have about our products of services, and we'll be looking forward to working with you.
In-Home Consultation with Our Blinds & Shutters Experts
If you’re looking to upgrade and enhance your home’s appearance, our experts can help. We offer free in-home consultations, during which we’ll help you find the perfect new window treatments for any room in your home. We’ll give you our professional advice and opinions, and we’ll listen to your ideas and needs to help you find the perfect addition to your home’s interior design.
We also offer free measurement services, as well as installation services after you've made your decisions.
- Expert advice & professional opinions
- Personalized service tailored to your needs
- Guaranteed satisfaction
Why Choose Calgary Blinds & Shutters
At Calgary Blinds & Shutters, we understand what an important role your window treatments play in your home. They're a very important part of your home's interior design, and they can go a long way toward making your home comfortable and attractive. That's why our window treatments experts work closely with our clients to make sure that they're getting the perfect blinds, shutters, or shades for their homes.
During our free in-home consultations, we bring our mobile showroom to you. We'll help you navigate our wide selection of window treatments and select products that will help you achieve the goals that you have for this project.
We offer high quality window treatments, and we guarantee your satisfaction with all of the work we perform and products we offer.
- Free In-Home Estimates
- Free Measuring
- Free Mobile Showroom
- Design Consultations
- Measurement & Installation
- Personalized Service
- Customized Products
- Satisfaction Guaranteed
Areas We Provide Services
We offer our high quality window treatments to homeowners throughout Calgary and the surrounding areas, and we look forward to working with you. Contact us today to begin your next project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Of the number of advantages faux wood shutters offer, cost is the primary benefit—the price tag is generally 25% less than real wood shutters. To most people, faux wood shutters and blinds look identical to real wood. When price and budget is the determining factor, however, faux wood is a sensible alternative. In addition to that, faux wood plantation shutters require less maintenance than wood. Also, many plastic and vinyl materials can last many years without showing wear.
Though faux wood shutters are made with the same craftsmanship and quality as wood shutters, when examined side by side, there is a certain indescribable quality of wood that vinyl will never be able to duplicate. The difference can be too subtle for some to consider the extra cost, but others may
As you may know, basswood is the best material for making wood shutters. Basswood is ideal for shutters for a number of reasons:
- Basswood is strong but it is also light
- Basswood has a grain that is uniform allowing a beautiful stain finish
- It is easy to glue and to finish
- Basswood trees are growing faster than they are being harvested
- Basswood does not warp
Hybrid shutters combine the great appearance and texture of wood with the strength, stability, and straightness of advanced modern day materials. Hybrid Shutters offer the modern elegance of quality shutters at an economical price.
The WoodLore from Norman Shutters is, I believe, the finest shutter in the world. WoodLore is a Hybrid shutter because it is an engineered wood that is then covered in polypropylene. Polypropylene is the coating found inside dishwashers and refrigerators. There are several excellent Hybrid shutters on the market today, as well as several solid Celuka materials. Your consultant will be able to help determine which is best for your project.
Several styles of shutters are now made from polymer. The polymers are made abroad by GE and shipped here to America. The shutters are then made to order. This process does increase the cost, but it also cuts delivery time in half. Poly wood shutters do have some limitations such as colors and sizes. One of the most significant limitations to Faux Wood/PolyCore shutters is door width. Where wider doors exist, real wood or reinforced composite, which are lighter in weight, is a good option.
Another alternative to wider doors is a wood material with aluminum reinforcements: polycore. They also offer a good price point, are a fantastic insulator, and are easy to clean. I have these shutters in my own home, and I was pleasantly surprised by how cool my home remains on hot days.
If you’re looking for a shutter with a fantastic stain or a well built composite shutter, there are several excellent hybrid shutters to choose from.
Shutters that are made in China have excellent finishes and superior workmanship, and they're often less expensive. Their delivery schedule ranges from six to eight weeks. Shutters made in America arrive generally within three to eight weeks and are manufactured in two distinct qualities:
- First, when the shutter is made from materials imported from China, the shutter is superior in every respect. However, when the shutter is milled and painted in the United States, the finish is consistently inferior – this is due to EPA regulations.
- Also, the price is increased substantially due to the costs associated with doing business in the United States. Shutters made in Mexico are no better, taking three to eight weeks and cost the same as shutters made in America. Anecdotally, many American made shutters I have seen are replete with flaws and imperfections.
Faux and composite wood blinds have come a long way in the past 10 years. A faux wood purchased today is more stable, won’t discolor and is 30%-40% less expensive than real wood.
If you’re looking for a stained wood blind, they are now available in composite (faux) wood blinds. Many manufacturers offer composite wood tones that look great. One of the best benefits of faux wood blinds is the durability. You can leave your windows open without having to worry about the blind being damaged. I suggest that your windows never be left open with real wood blinds because they may warp, or the finish may be damaged.
In the window covering industry, there is a term used to denote blinds that are sold in large hardware stores—they are called "cut-downs". Cut-downs are bought by the boatload as blanks and are kept in stock. The purchaser of these blanks is required to measure their own windows so that the blanks can be cut to the desired width. These cut blanks will then be ready for self-installation, after which there needs to be an additional cut to achieve the desired length.
Professional speaking, I have yet to see a quality product available from cut-downs purchased at the large chain stores. However, a few online blind companies do exist, which are now selling cut-downs that are of excellent quality.
The downside, however, is that these cut-downs (quality or not) still require the home purchaser to meticulously measure, cut and install the cut-downs themselves. Should the measurement be off, or should they become damaged in any way during the installation, the purchaser is 100% responsible. The cost savings that might have been realized from a do-it-yourself project can quickly evaporate with even small mistakes.
Surprisingly enough, more often than not it is actually less expensive to hire a professional window covering consultant to manage the entire job. Not only does the professional offer an exceedingly wider selection of blinds, colors, and textures, they offer years of experience as to what product is best for the window being covered.
They will ask questions the home buyer will never think to ask and advise the most appropriate materials. They’ll help the homeowner weigh such variables as the nature and use of the room, the quality of light, the direction of sunset/exposure, energy savings, and mood or feel desired. Not only will their knowledge and expertise prove to be invaluable, but they also take on the responsibility of measuring, cutting and installation.
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