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By Kipling Patel Subscribe to RSS | February 14th 2012 | Views:

Where to Buy Low Cost Blinds and

Shutters in Long Island, NY

The average consumer purchases new window fashions every 6 years. So if you're in the market for new blinds, shades or shutters, this short article will help you decide which products are best for you and your project. As a professional window covering consultant I get asked all the time a few questions which I will answer here.

One of the questions I get most often is "Will this still be in style next year?" That's a great question and the answer is-who knows? Styles change fairly rapidly and so do consumers' tastes. The key is to buy neutral tones that match virtually any décor. The most common product we sell is a white 2" wood blind or a white plantation shutter. If you stay in the neutral tones and time tested products you'll be fine. If you want color in a room, use paint or curtains. Throw pillows are a perfect way to add interest to a room. Experiment with paint on a few walls. It can be dramatic and fun.

Are Mini-Blinds Still in Style? Yes, I've done several jobs in the last year using the old-style mini blinds. They look great in contemporary homes. They come in many new and exciting colors and they are coated with an antistatic to minimize the need for dusting. These blinds can also be cleaned quickly and inexpensively. Mini-Blinds are now made of tempered aluminum which minimizes bending. However, if you price compare, you can upgrade to the much nicer and far more popular 2" wood blind for a few dollars more.

Are Wood Blinds Still in Style? Yes, 60% of all blinds sold are 2" wood or 2" faux wood blinds. Last year the faux blinds outsold the real woods. Wood Blinds seem to be timeless. They've been around since the early 1900's. They come in dozens of colors and stains. If you are planning to buy stained woods, make sure you purchase Bass Wood. Bass Wood is from the American Lyndon tree and is a Clear Select wood. That means it stains well. If you're buying white or a painted color, it's very unlikely it's made from Bass Wood due to shortages. Most likely it's made from Poplar or Alder.

What are the Advantages of Faux Wood Blinds? They cost 20-30% less, you can leave your windows open and not destroy the blind, and you can wash them with the garden hose. Yes, they weigh more but how often do you pull your blinds up? There are at least 6 different materials from which faux wood blinds are made. At the bottom of the barrel you have a solid vinyl. They warp and have several extra ladder strings to keep the slats from warping. I've seen many of these blinds warp hours after installation. You're most likely to find such products at large hardware stores. They work well for rentals or your dog house. If you're looking for a better product, you're going to order custom made products. The best is a bass wood dust mixed with a polymer and coated with polypropylene. It's much more rigid and far more stable

Will I Save Money if I Order and Install for Myself? Possibly, but unlikely. We're able to measure, order and install for less than you going to a large hardware store and doing it yourself. Never attempt to install shutters yourself. One simple mistake can cost you hundreds of dollars per window. Always call a professional to measure, order and install your shutters.

Stop by our showroom to view all the choices or call us.

How do I get The best Shutters at Great pricing? According to experts around the globe, the best shutter in the world is the WoodLore by Norman Shutters. (I agree.) It's made from engineered wood and coated in Polypropylene. The WoodLore has a wide assortment of frames and colors. The WoodLore is made to stringent standards and has the lowest return rate in the industry. Norman Shutters changed the shutter industry 10 years ago and every other shutter manufacturer has been chasing them ever since.

Are Shutters Made in China Any Good? Shutters made in China have better finishes, better workmanship and are less expensive. The delivery time is about 4-6 weeks. Shutters made in America take 3-8 weeks to get and come in two different categories. First, if the shutter is made from materials imported from China, you'll get a very good shutter. If the shutter is milled and painted here in the US, you get an inferior finish due to EPA regulations. The cost is greatly increased due to the higher cost of doing business in the US. Shutters made in Mexico take 3-8 weeks and cost the same as US made shutters. The units I have seen have some pretty serious quality issues.

Why should you use Creative Windows? Price, service, and selection. However, we go 10 steps beyond the standard. We prefer to take an educational approach to our service. If you view our blog, you'll notice videos on how to buy the best products at the best prices. We think education of products is the best gift we can give you. We stay connected to over 3300 members of our industry to keep track of trends and new products. We believe that to be the best we must have the best information to serve you. It is our pleasure to serve you.

How do I Order from Creative Windows? Creative Windows are certified window covering consultants. We are certified by the Blind Brokers Network and Hunter Douglas. We are able to purchase blinds and shutters directly from any number of manufacturers at reduced prices and pass the savings on to our clients. To contact Creative Windows call 800-500-9683

Kipling Patel - About Author:
Michael Guglielmo is the owner of Creative Windows in St. James NY. Visit for more information.

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