What’s the Difference Between Blinds and Shades? | Louver Shop of Pittsburgh
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Comparing Blinds and Shades

Shades and blinds are both excellent options for window treatments in Pittsburgh. Both deliver good-looking for controlling light and improving energy efficiency. But there are several important distinctions, which we’ll go over below.

Choosing the best window treatment for your house can seem stressful. That’s why our Louver Shop of Pittsburgh design pros are here to support you. We’ll discuss all the options during a free consultation. You’ll get to view product samples and receive expert design support, all at no cost or obligation.

We feel that making custom window treatments should be a simple and even delightful experience. So, you can rely on us to assist you from start to finish, from free consultation to professional installation.

Right now, let’s go over the distinctions between blinds and shades.


Parkland Blinds Coastal 

Blinds are produced from an assortment of materials, such as wood, faux wood, metal. This window treatment has slats that shift to open or close. When raised, the slats neatly stack together.

Some are corded, but many are available in cordless and automated solutions for quick operation. They’re budget-friendly, provide fantastic light control and are simple to wipe down.

We have all the most popular styles, such as horizontal blinds, vertical blinds and mini blinds.

Horizontal Blinds

If you love the look of plantation shutters but have less of a budget, horizontal blinds are a good option. They’re often known as to as plantation blinds, because they have wide louvers like plantation shutters.

However, plantation shutters are a permanent window treatment that’s installed in the frame. These shutters come with wide wood or PVC louvers that move with a tilt bar. Depending on the model, shutters can typically be moved with a swinging or sliding motion.

When customizing your horizontal blinds, you can select from genuine basswood, a popular material also used in plantation shutters. Or manmade wood, which stands up to heat, humidity and warping.

Vertical Blinds

Our vertical blinds aren’t out of date. From contemporary panels to soft fabric vertical blinds, you’re sure to come across a type that complements your residence.

Gliding panels are a fantastic solution if you have a modern house with large windows. These panels fit neatly together during the time they’re open and show off beautiful fabrics while drawn. With more than 600 fabrics to choose from, you’re apt to find the best one for your rooms.

We have three different types of vertical blinds in aluminum, vinyl and fabric finishes. It’s simple to add drapery-like feel to your home without the bother of bulky curtains that are challenging to clean.

Mini Blinds

Mini blinds are an economical window treatment, but they’re simple to freshen up and attractive too. Since they’re made from aluminum, these sturdy blinds are great for active or humid rooms in your residence, such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. We have a wide assortment of modern metallic finishes in addition to special features to keep out more sunlight when shut and enhance your view during the time they’re open.


Nantucket Fabric Blinds 

Shades are soft window treatments that hang from a roll. When raised, they roll neatly at the top of the window, sometimes hidden in a headrail. They’re frequently cordless, and a variety of styles can be customized with an automated operating system for simple use and smart home compatibility.

When you imagine shades, you might picture plain white window treatments with an unappealing roller. Today’s solutions are much more attractive, useful and customizable. A wide range are also even energy efficient.

We offer a big assortment of the most desired solutions, which include sheer shades, honeycomb shades, Roman shades and roller/solar shades.

Sheer Shades

If you can’t decide between shades and blinds, sheer shades are a fantastic choice. These shades feature floating vanes sandwiched between two layers of fabric. The fabric panels change harsh sunlight into a welcoming glow. And the blinds give superior light control and privacy.

They come in both horizontal and vertical models, so you can use them around your residence. You can make them your own with our big assortment of fabrics, vane thicknesses and upgrades, including room-darkening panels.

Honeycomb Shades

If you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency, honeycomb shades are an excellent solution. These soft fabric shades have pockets that stop air at the windows, which are your residence’s biggest source of energy loss. These holes can also dampen more outdoor distractions, enabling you to unwind in peace. The result is a more comfortable residence and possibly cheaper heating and cooling expenses.

Honeycomb shades are also a good approach to control light, because you can add extra features for blackout or room-darkening performance. They’re offered in horizontal and vertical options, so you can use them throughout your house, even on specialty windows and skylights.

Roman Shades

Roman shades have the appearance of curtains but give all the advantages of a soft shade for horizontal windows. When raised, they stack into orderly pleats. When lowered, they provide great light control, privacy and energy efficiency.

We have several styles, such as honeycomb and genuine woven wood, so you can discover the ideal look for your residence.

Roller and Solar Shades

Roller and solar shades give modern style, easy cleaning and uncomplicated operation for horizontal windows. Available in a big collection of fabrics and opacities, these shades neatly roll into small headrails. They even come in a honeycomb style, so you can enhance your home’s energy efficiency while also making it look great.

Design Your Blinds or Shades with Pro Support from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh

Blinds and shades are both good solutions for your residence. With the help of a window treatment professional like one from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we can discover the right fit for your home.

We also create all our window treatments here in the USA, so your dream of a stylish residence will be reality in merely a few weeks. Contact us at 888-428-1415 to get started with your free consultation today!