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Hunter Douglas Duette – the Headrail(s)

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The best known honeycomb shade on the market is undoubtedly the Duette honeycomb shade by Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas is the innovator of the cellular shade products and has been a leader in the window covering industry for many years.


As this product has evolved over the years, becoming available with improved and more convenient lifting systems, prettier and more fashionable fabrics, Hunter Douglas again has made changes to better the Duette product line. What’s new? Changes to the headrail(s). In the past, a Duette with cordless lift (LiteRise) had a different headrail than a Duette with a continuous cord (EasyRise), as well as a Duette with retractable cord (UltraGlide). The differences used to be quite noticeable. Whereas the EasyRise had a rather square and white only headrail, the LiteRise had a slimmer, more rounded profile and the UltraGlide had yet another type of headrail. This has now been streamlined. EasyRise, UltraGlide, LiteRise now all have the same headrail for a uniform appearance.


We have had many customers in the past, that were contemplating putting a cordless LiteRise on their French doors, while changing to a different type of lifting system on their large windows right next to it. Or they would be looking to pair a continuous cord shade, which is great for that extra large window, with the cordless lift on the smaller windows in the same room. They usually would shy away from that choice, considering the different looks to the headrails. Not anymore J Now, you can easily switch from one application to another, without worrying about uniformity.


New Arrival – upon popular demand: Hunter Douglas Applause Sunterra Blackout collection

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

We have just added the new cellular Applause fabric line “Sunterra blackout” to our website. Hunter Douglas added last year the new Sunterra light filtering collection to the Applause cellular shades offering which has now become its best selling product in this category. The Sunterra collection comes in the ¾” pleat size and sets itself apart through richer color tones. All 12 colors are earth or nature inspired. Prior to May 2009 the light filtering Sunterra fabric was priced the same as the Legends and Casuelle light filtering fabric line. Since then, Hunter Douglas has given even higher incentives to buy this product by pricing it 15% lower than the Legends and Casuelle fabrics J

Every year around May Hunter Douglas has their yearly pricing increase. But this year, due to the economy and the difficulties in the housing market, pricing has remained the same and some products have even enjoyed a pricing decrease. Sunterra was part of this pricing decrease.


Now, this popular product has been made available in blackout. The exact same beautiful, nature inspired colors have been created with foil technology as a lining on the inside of every cell, providing a blackout product that can be used in every bedroom or any room where complete light control is desired. Also the blackout Sunterra material is priced 15% lower than the Legends and Casuelle blackout material. It is available with all popular features like the top down / bottom up or cordless lifting system as well as motorized. Since the Hunter Douglas launch we have already had numerous sales before even having the product up online. Now, that we have received all necessary product supplies, we have added it and will start putting it on a 5% off sale starting Monday, June 22nd.


As always, for anybody wanting to see a sample of the new material or any color therein, please contact us, we are more than happy to arrange to have some mailed to you. Enjoy learning more about the new product, its colors and specifications here: Hunter Douglas Applause Sunterra Blackout Collection.

Comfortex Cordless Cellular Shades

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

If you are looking for a Cellular Shade for windows in your home, the Comfortex cordless cellular shade is a great one to choose. This type has many advantages including price, Limited Lifetime warranty, fabric choices, great insulation, and safety.


In today’s economy, price is a big reason why people don’t buy things they need. As you will find when shopping around, Comfortex shades are fairly priced while ensuring to get a quality product. Comfortex has been in business for 25 plus years and makes great quality products. The Comfortex honeycomb shades include many fabric choices in order to give the rooms in your home the look that you want, with a price that you can afford. Some of the most popular fabrics are double cell Symphony, ¾” Baritone, and ½” Virtuoso, giving a well rounded offering of cellular pleat size and types. Not only are these shades price worthy, while giving you a great choice of fabrics but they are great insulators that will help to decrease cooling costs because honeycomb shades act as insulators, trapping the heat or cold inside each cell.


Honeycomb shades are also a wonderful choice when considering them for a child’s room. Comfortex cellular shades can be ordered with a cordless lift, which will give added safety in family homes with pets and children, eliminating dangerous cords. However, you can still lift or drop them at your convenience. These shades come with a handle on them so you can quickly and easily place them to the desired level, never having to worry about one side being higher than the other. Consider the Comfortex brand if you need a shade that is reasonable in price, safe, and easy to use while saving money on your energy bills!

COMFORTEX – Announcing the Smoothy Continuous Cord Loop System!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Comfortex Window Fashions has just announced a new and improved clutch continuous cord loop system. The new Smoothy clutch features amazingly smooth and quiet operation. With this new system it is now easier to lower and raise the shade, using less pull force than before. Clutch operated shades can now be lowered and raised faster and with fewer strokes due to an improved gear mechanism. You will immediately notice the improved quality and ease of use the very first time you try it.

The Smoothy System has replaced the Omni-Rise™ System on all Comfortex fabricated continuous cord loop cellular shades as of May 1, 2009. The Smoothy system will be implemented on Serenade® Roman Shades, Fusion™ Insulating Roman Panel Shades and Ensemble Designer Series™ Pleated Shades during June 2009.

Clutch operated shades with continuous cord loop are of tremendous value when ordering larger shades as the weight will eventually wear out cords when using a regular lifting system. The continuous cord also has the added benefit of staying at a constant length, whereas a standard lift cord will start pooling on the floor when the shade is being raised. The new and improved continuous cords lifting system are available on the popular Comfortex Cellular Shades at this time!

Federal Tax Credit – Comfortex Honeycomb Shades with Energy Saving Sidetrack System

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Comfortex Window Fashions has just announced their certification of the Comfortex ComforTrack insulating sidetrack system for the Federal Tax Credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


We all like saving money on taxes and energy bills. And now, the ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack Insulation System does exactly that. Homeowners qualify for a 30% tax credit up to a maximum of $1500.00 when they insulate their windows with the ComforTrack Plus Energy Saving Sidetrack System. With this system we are actually able to cut our energy and tax bill at the same time J


What exactly is this Sidetrack System? Comfortex cellular shades are great insulating products. However, on the right and left side to the shade there is this little gap. It’s a light gap, as well as an energy gap necessary to lower and raise your shade without it “brushing” up against the casing or frame. Well, this gap can be eliminated with the ComforTrack Plus system, which places a track on the right and left of your honeycomb shade, which will give you a barrier to drafts. They are available in white or brown and are UV stable removable sidetracks that attach to your window frame with magnets. They can be removed for cleaning when necessary.

ComforTrack Honeycomb shades with the ComforTrack Plus System provide a thermal performance rating up to 5 time better than single pane windows alone! For pricing and more information on the ComforTrack Plus System, please contact us or call, this feature is not yet available online.


Energy Holes…

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Did you know that glass offers very little resistance to heat flow?

That is the reason why windows are essentially “energy holes.” So, here is some math for you: Compared to well-insulated walls and roofs of modern homes, standard double pane windows allow about 10 to 15 times more heat energy through them. Considering that windows make up about 10 percent of a home’s exterior, it explains why 50 percent of our home’s heating and cooling energy pours through them. And this again means… that about half of our utility bill pours through them too.


To the right is a picture displaying primary heat loss through home windows (shown in red), which can be seen by using infrared photography. So what can be done to slow down the energy flow? We add insulation. Just like using fiberglass in your walls, you can add window shades that offer insulating properties.


Consider Hunter Douglas Duette Shades or other cellular honeycomb shades. The honeycomb construction does trap heat inside the cell, reducing air flow and helping to cover your “energy holes. Cellular Shades are available with single, double or even triple cell construction, giving added layers of insulation. Honeycomb shades with foil technology (blackout shades) also have a fantastic R-value, providing superior insulation for your windows.

Finding Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Blinds at a Wholesale Price

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Hunter Douglas has been an innovator in the window blinds industry since 1946 when they developed the first lightweight aluminum window blinds that are still used today. Hunter Douglas has continued to pave the way for window blinds manufactures all over the world. Hunter Douglas has excelled at the art of creating beautiful window coverings for the home at affordable prices that all can afford. One of Hunter Douglas’s most popular window shades is their Hunter Douglas Duette honeycomb window blinds because they offer elegance and functionality while providing privacy and warmth.


Before the air can pass into your home it must pass through the honeycomb shades which trap the air inside the cellular pocket, insolating it for a more comfortable temperature in your home. Honeycomb shades are fabric folds that are bonded together to form a honeycomb appearance. Cellular shades provide warmth in the winter, and cool in the summer and insolate our home all year round while blocking dangerous UV rays from the sun. Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are available in many different colors and fabrics and you can decide on the amount of light you would like to see through your window blinds. They are offered in four different opacity level ranging from sheer to light-blocking.


Hunter Douglas has many local retailers and online stores all over America and many provide wholesale prices and discounts. Hunter Douglas Honeycomb blinds at wholesale prices make it easy for anyone to decorate their home with the latest in window covering designs. Please browse our online collection and see our competitive pricing and current promotions for yourself.

Hunter Douglas Duette Classic Blackout Honeycomb Shades

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Looking for room-darkening honeycomb shades of great quality and beauty? Hunter Douglas has a classic collection that has been around for many years and continuous to be a great seller for its wonderful color choices, solid quality and great functionality. The “Hunter Douglas Duette Classic Eclipse H7-series features a 3/8” single cell honeycomb shade constructed to block all light from entering the room. The hole-less design increases room darkening and offers a classy, more finished appearance, and the sharp horizontal pleats provide a clean contemporary feel to your home. Duette Classic shades utilize the foil technology to block light and are ideal for bedrooms or any room where complete light control is desired. Every cell is lined with an aluminum liner to keep the light out, while insulating at the same time.


 The Hunter Douglas Duette (H7) Classic Eclipse 3/8″ Opaque shades offer an R-Value of 5.89 which is a very high insulating value. The Hunter Douglas Duette Classic Room Darkening shades will therefore save you money with your electricity because they are extremely energy efficient by trapping air inside the cellular pocket and insolating the air before it enters your home.  Honeycomb shades keep cold air during wintertime and hot air during summertime out of your home helping to reduce your energy cost. Hunter Douglas Duette Classic room darkening shades are available up to 174” in width and can therefore cover extremely wide windows. The Hunter Douglas Duette shades can be customized to fit almost any window in your home including semi-circle windows and odd shaped windows. Follow the link above to find out more specifics, view colors about this collection.

Window Coverings for your Front Door Side Lights

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

For those of you who have small windows on either side of your front door know that providing privacy and cover for these windows can be tricky and hard to find.  Many people do not realize the possibilities available for side windows and resort to sheers or leaving them bare, which will rob you of the often needed privacy in these areas. Another added benefit when covering the thin tall windows on the sides of your front door is the added insulation. Any window treatment will be better than none. When covering your front windows you should consider that all of the window coverings in the front of your house could esthetically match. You don’t want the front of your house to expose three or four different window treatments, which will take away from the outside appearance.


Today, you can easily find custom window blinds or shades for your sidelights. Depending on brand, you can find cellular shades that are made with a width as small as 6” and they provide privacy while still illuminating a soft glow in the room from behind the shade. Hunter Douglas goes even down to 4”, however, this shade wouldn’t be operable. On narrow windows like this you are limited to the standard cord lift option; therefore a cordless lift or retractable cord will not be available. Also wood blinds or faux wood window blinds (for example Hunter Douglas’) can be made as small as 6”. This narrow blind would be made with a center tilt only up to 11”, at which width a tilt AND lift is possible. Same thing with the aluminum mini blinds. Many of the Roller and Roman Shades are starting at 12” or 16” in minimum width and are therefore usually not ideal for most entry-door windows.


Please keep in mind that different manufacturers have different minimum widths and heights, therefore, contact us anytime for specific product information on any window treatment you might be interested in.

Best way to Clean Cellular Shades

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Cellular shades are very temperamental window coverings to clean and you need to be careful when cleaning these products because they can easily be destroyed. When you purchased your cellular shades hopefully someone informed you to be careful when submerging in water, to dust regularly, and do not clean with any type of chemicals. Cellular shades are held together using an adhesive that when will deteriorate is the wrong chemicals are applied to your shades.  Honeycomb shades should be regularly vacuumed using the vacuum brush extension to remove dust and dirt that will accumulate on your shades leaving a yellow gross tint.


If your cellular shades get soiled don’t worry because there are ways to clean them. The best way to clean cellular shades other than regularly vacuuming the shades is spot cleaning. You can spot clean your shades with a clean damp cloth. Do not add any cleaning chemicals to your cloth and do not spend too much time on the seams. If the unsightly spot is only on the cloth and not the seam you can add a little soap to your cloth, but ONLY use mild soap. Do not try cleaning your white cellular shades with blue soap; this will not be a good idea.


Some cellular shades, like the Hunter Douglas line, can be submerged in water to be cleaned but use caution. Cellular shades can be cleaned in a bathtub using only a mild detergent and warm water. Try to avoid submerging the head rail. Slowly and gently allow water to pass through your shades to loosen dirt and dust. After you have cleaned your cellular shades hang them back up to dry. Do not use a blow dryer and keep your window closed until your shades are completely dry.


If this does not work you are going to have to call a professional to clean your cellular shades. Make sure that the cleaner you hire has insurance and has experience with cleaning cellular shades. Even the professionals may ruin your shades by attempting to clean them so make sure that they are willing to replace your shade if something goes wrong. Try to find this information out before they start cleaning your shades. If a company does not have insurance than they probably won’t replace your shades if they destroy them.

And please remember to ALWAYS refer to the specific manufacturers’ cleaning recommendations before using any method that could damage your shades.

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