Until the modern vertical blind became so popular, roller shades were the type of window treatment found in most places of business and in homes. This type of window covering consisted of a single sheet of opaque fabric that wrapped around a dowel rod at the top and bottom and could be raised or lowered by a spring mechanism in the top rod. Thankfully, these somewhat tricky window treatments have received some much needed improvements, and today are not only incredibly smooth and easy to use, but also work as well as other types of blinds.
It is surprising to note how much the window treatments can affect a room. Not only are roller shades or other types of blinds responsible for controlling the amount of light and heat that come in through the window, but they also control the privacy and even the style as well.
A window and thus the treatments become a focal point and really help pull together all of the decor components to present a unified whole. Poorly fitting or designed window coverings not only look bad, but also allow for inefficiency in heating and cooling as well.
Roller shades of today are light as a feather and can be customized to present exactly the right amount of light that is wanted. These are usually the simplest type of shade to install and use, and if high quality materials are used, can be some of the most durable as well. In addition, these are a much safer option in homes where there are small children because there are fewer parts to worry about. Some of these types of treatments can be mounted on a track system to allow the whole sheet of covering to be adjusted up or down by degrees, thus making them even safer.
If a home or office does not have the components necessary for a homeowner to change over to roller blinds themselves, there are many companies that can not only install these types of window treatments, but can even make them customized for a specific size, thickness or with specific materials. This reduces the chances of getting ill fitting or poorly installed window coverings and also improves the overall quality of the final look shades. Professionals can usually offer an estimate, can provide the window treatments and can offer advice about what may work best for a given window area.