Archive for the ‘General Info’ Category
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
It’s finally here. We had been waiting for a while to see a cordless lift option on the popular Envision Roller Shades. While the continuous beaded cord is great, for a clean, streamlined look the cordless is the way to go.
The new cordless lift is one of the smoothest roller systems in the industry. This featured slow rise system controls the shade as it lifts to the top, leaving the shade safely in position. The shade with this lift is available up to 92” in width (depending on fabric) and is therefore also great for large windows. At the moment this feature is available with the standard headrail / roller tube only. But it won’t be long, and it will be available with the cassette headrail as well.
Most important thing about the cordless shades is that they are safe for children’s areas or households with pets. This month is October, safety awareness month for the window covering industry! We are reminded of how many accidents have happened that lead to injury or even death. Cords can be the worst health hazard in your home, it is so important to eliminate cords where one can.
To start this introduction of cordless roller shades with a bang, we have decided to practically give it away for $9.75 per upgrade. So hurry, this price won’t last long
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Ace of Shades has taken the leap! We can now also be found on Facebook as well as Twitter. We believe this is a great time to find ways to get more savings as well as product information to you, so here we are.
On our homepage we now have two big buttons that can take you straight to our Facebook and Twitter page. We would like to invite you to “Like us” or “Follow us”. Simply click on the one of the links you have an account with and it will take us to our page where you can connect with us.
What type of information can you expect to get updated on when doing so? First, we will be sending out specials J So, for joining you will have access to coupons that you can use during checkout at times. We will also be doing short little updates on new products that have been added online or just give little tips that might help with ordering. One to come is the newly added Comfortex No Holes pleated shades. We will be adding 2 fabrics and send a quick shout out.
No worries, we will not be bombarding your accounts with constant information, we know your time is valuable. We will send out information you can actually use. You will also be able to communicate to us what you would like to see go on sale, have a coupon for or give feedback that could be helpful to us.
We certainly always like to hear from you. After all, we can only give you what you are looking for if we know what it is. So please join us!
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Just a few days left!
All the big manufacturers usually have an annual price increase that hits around May or June. This year it is set for May 1. After being generous last year, considering the economy and difficulties associated with the housing and related industries, most manufactures didn’t increase pricing last year. This year no such luck. The price increase is here.
So where can we see increases and which products will be affected by it? We can say, pretty much across the board. We will see increases with all brands, including Hunter Douglas, Bali & Comfortex. Every brand will go up with most of their product lines. This will include cellular shades, wood blinds, faux wood blinds and our popular sheer shades line.
And how much will these products increase? Up to 7%. Ouch! We know… painful. The majority of shades, cellular shades etc will be around 4-5%. As always we have plenty of quotes and proposals out on the Shangri-La Sheer Shades. On a product like this, which is on the upper end in regards to overall pricing, 5% can make quite a difference. So, with that in mind, here is our blog to inform and help you beat new pricing which is just around the corner.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
We are all still shocked!
Hunter Douglas has ceased all internet sales as of June 1st. Hunter Douglas has taken a big step in the opposite direction of most companies that sell products today. Instead of adding products to the online offering (some of them were restricted all along), like most companies do at this day and age, they have decided to keep their products in the hand of locals that can come out to the customer, measure and install. They feel their product is best represented this way.
So what does that mean for us? Number one: a ton of work L We cannot offer Hunter Douglas as of June 1 any longer, so all products have to be removed and taken down. What does that mean for existing customers that have order Hunter Douglas in the past? Not much. They will be taken care of through us or Hunter Douglas directly, should they have an issue.
So many people ask us why Hunter Douglas would remove a solid portion of their sales and wonder what is in it for them. We can only speculate, and trust us, we have. The local committed dealers are supposed to be supported, that’s for sure. But at the end of the day, we can all just speculated what lead them to make such a big decision. And will such opposite direction from everyone else pay off? Only time will tell. We certainly would have loved to continue selling the brand, since we believe in the offering, the product, the quality and what Hunter Douglas stood for.
For now… keep buying. There is one and one half month left
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Everybody is going green because it is good for the environment and good for your wallet too. And Hunter Douglas always gives information and wants to help with some useful tips. These are small things that you can do that will make a big difference.
1. Insulate Your House
The easiest and most cost effective way to save on your utilities is to make sure that your home is well insulated. Start with the attic since heat rises. This is where you have your biggest heat losses and the attic is easy to get access to. Insulation can be blown in or rolled out depending on the design of your attic. It is a one time cost that will start paying for itself right away in lower utility costs.
Doors and windows are another major source of heat loss for your home. For doors make sure the door panel fits the frame well. If not adjust the hinges as necessary. Also check that the weather stripping around the door is in good shape so that it creates a good seal. For windows, storm windows on the outside can help and heavy blinds or shades can be a help.
2. Unplug Unused Appliances
Even when you are not using them, your major appliances use a lot of electricity. So unplug the biggest offenders like computers, stereos and televisions whenever you are going to be away for awhile. As an added benefit, you will know that your electronics will be safe from power surges or lightning damage.
3. Update your window coverings
By using window shades that are “eco green” or help to insulate your house, you can make a big contribution to be environmentally friendly. At Ace of Shades you can always get the latest information as to which products have the highest R-value and help insulate your house as well as which products were made of eco-friendly products.
At the end of the day, it’s all of us who can make a difference. It might be little steps here and there, but with many people taking little steps here and there, we can make a big difference.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
A new set of blinds can really transform a room, but for the ultimate shade experience, consider a motorized set. Motorized shades can be used with honeycomb shades or sheer horizontal shades to lift and lower them. This is a major convenience to have control over the light in the room or your level of privacy just by pushing a button. And you can have all the shades synced together so instead of pulling all those cords, you can just use one button. No need to get up from the couch!
And speaking of cords – motorized shades make it much safer if you have kids or small pets because it eliminates the potential hazard of the cords. Kids can get wrapped up and strangle in a long loose cord or can choke on the ends if they chew on them. And the same is true for small pets. But motorized shades solve these problems simply. And they give your window coverings an ultra sleek and clean look without the extra clutter of the cords. In today’s market most motorization utilizes radio frequent technology. This means you do not have to do the “point and receive” motion to operate your blind and shade. When using radio frequent technology the shade can be reached from far away, even the room next door to be operated.
Motorized shades can also be used for the tilting mechanism on faux and wood blinds so you are not limited to any one style. If you have windows that are hard to reach then the motorized shades make perfect sense. Don’t mess with long handles or cranks to try to adjust your skylight shades when you could do it all with the push of a button. Take your shades from great to fantastic by adding the motorized shade option. Then sit back and enjoy the convenience.
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Hunter Douglas has added new materials to their line of solar shades for even more decorating choices for your home. There are lots of exciting new textures and colors to choose from making it even easier to find just the right shade for any room of your home.
The Solar Screen Roller Shades are the perfect choice when you want to reduce some light and glare as well as harmful UV rays but still maintain an outward view. These shades have a screen material that you can see through while it still provides moderate privacy and protection from the sun, protecting your furniture and rugs. Most materials are made of easy to clean PVC and fiberglass blends, but can also be made Polyester and other materials. Some designer screens are fire retardant and therefore ideal for office buildings.
New collections include the Catalina, Orion, Ottomon Stripe, Gemini, Grass Hut, Del Sol & more, introducing new textures, grass inspired looks and colors to this product line. The standard screened look has been brought to life with lots of texture weaves and warm colors.
Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades are a great choice when privacy is not necessarily an issue and a view wants to be preserved. Openness factors range from 3% to 14%, giving more or less of a view out depending on openness. Any shade can have a standard roller shade look, with exposed tube on top or can be paired with a cassette system, to conceal the role. The standard beaded chain is made of plastic or a stainless steel chain can be ordered at no additional cost. A new feature is the cordless lift, also available for added convenience is the motorized lift, eliminating all cords.
Enjoy browsing our new collections!
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Beautiful shades can change the feel of any room and the only thing better than getting new shades is getting them for a great deal. Anybody looking for sheer shades should take a look at our current sale. 3” Shangri-La sheer shades are now a steal at 20% off through the end of the year. This super sale is for a limited time so if you have been considering making changes in your house, now is the time to buy.
Window shades are one of the biggest changes with an impact you can make in a room. Shangri-La’s are one of our top sellers, and for a good reason. They have an elegant and soft experience that adds comfort and functionality to your room. This product features floating fabric vanes between 2 sheers, can be tilted in the open position for a screened and soft view out, closed or raised all the way up. The entire shade does not stack, as it completely disappears inside the headrail. With sheer shades you control the light in your room so that it is always a comfortable and inviting place to be. And they also provide you the privacy you need.
Shangri-La shades have a sophisticated look that works beautifully in a formal living room, dining room or family room. The room darkening material is an excellent choice for bedrooms. Choice of materials allows you to prioritize between light filtering and room darkening, while your choice of vane size allows setting the tone in atmosphere. 2” tends to work well for smaller windows and traditional settings, whereas the 3” is a great choice for large windows and modern settings.
No matter what direction the windows face or what your climate is, having nice quality sheer shades will make your favorite rooms even more lively and livable. So shop now before the New Year comes and take advantage of this excellent sale!
Monday, November 16th, 2009
In the window covering industry, the terms blind and shades are used and actually often used incorrectly. Most people are not even aware that there is a difference between the two of them. So, what are the differences and which one is right for you and your window covering needs?
Window Blinds actually offer a dual functionality. They are usually made of slats or vanes, which can be made of PVC, wood, composite materials or even fabrics. Blinds are often horizontal products, like the wood blinds, faux wood blinds, mini blinds but can also be Verticals, most common ones being fabric or PVC verticals often used for patio doors. One function on blinds is to lower and raise (for horizontal blinds) or draw to the side(s) (for vertical blinds). This means the entire product is pulled up or to the side to provide an unobstructed view to the outside. The lowering or raising is usually done with a pull cord. In today’s window covering market there is also the cordless lift system, providing a child safety advantage, eliminating dangling cords that can be a hazard. The second function on a window blind is the tilting function. This allows for the blind to be open and closed when in the lowered position. The slats or vanes stay in its place, but are rotated for an open view out, slanted at an angle or closed for complete privacy. Tilting is usually done with a wand, a cord tilt or on vertical blinds with a chain. The very upscale product can even be tilted with a “click of a button” using a motorized tilt for your convenience. Most blinds provide excellent light control.
Window Shades are products that are usually made of a “fabric” or material that can be lowered or raised, using different hardware systems. Most popular shades are cellular shades, pleated shades, roller shades or the very decorative roman shades. The woven wood shades also belong into the shade category, consisting of natural products like bamboos, woods or reeds which can be paired with a privacy lining. Yet again, the product will be lowered or raised. Most shades use a standard or continuous cord. Upscale products use retractable cords to avoid pooling of long cords on the floor, or can be paired with a handle, even a motorized lift for a cordless shade. Cordless is always a great option when thinking of child and pet safety. In today’s market most of these products also offer a top down / bottom up version, for added functionality. Window shades come in all different kind of opacity levels, from sheer to semi-sheer for a screened view out, to light-filtering or room darkening, giving privacy and blocking light where needed.
So, which one is right for you, window blinds – or shades?
At the end of the day it’s always about your taste, what you like and what your needs in regards to insulation, UV protection, light control and privacy are. When trying to find the right window treatment, you should always ask yourself:
- How much light control am I looking for?
- Is privacy and issue?
- What is my decorating style? (Contemporary, casual or traditional? Does that translate into a soft treatment / clean lines etc?)
- Do I want to use color or stick to neutrals and whites?
After looking at these questions, you should be able to narrow your options down. Then, just go with your gut. If a product stirs you up and you get excited about “seeing it in your home”, go with it. Your new blind or shade will certainly transform your room and give it character, your character Lastly… Enjoy!
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
It is October. Our kids are back in school and a new season is beginning. This is also an important time for recognition.
Unfortunately every year accidents involving window coverings and their operational cords contribute to serious accidents and even deaths in the US. Just in August of 2009 millions of window shades and blinds were recalled following child strangulation deaths and injuries. The companies involved in the recall are Vertical Land Inc., Lutron Shading Solutions, Lewis Hyman Inc., IKEA, Victoria Classics, and Pottery Barn Kids/Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Today we want to urge parents and caregivers to “play safe, live safe” and install only cordless window coverings in young children’s bedrooms and sleeping areas. We encourage everyone that has children or pets to follow these important cord safety rules:
- Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured prior to 2001 with today’s safer products.
- Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferable to another wall.
- Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children. Make sure tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the follow or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of the inner lift cords.
- Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds and shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill.
In today’s market there is a great variety of cordless shades available. Here is a list of products that can be ordered with cordless lift systems:
- Cellular Shades (hugely popular); a little (often clear) handle allows you to lower and raise your shades
- Pleated Shades
- Roller Shades
- Solar Shades (depending on brand available with cordless lift)
- Wood Blinds (available depending on brand) – when paired with a Wand (vs. Cord Tilt) eliminates all cords
- Faux Wood Blinds (available depending on brand) – when paired with a Wand (vs. Cord Tilt) eliminates all cords
Also, another added benefit when ordering products with cordless lifts, is a great streamed lined, clutter-free look Other options for added child safety would be all products with a continuous cord, keeping the cord “fastened” with a cord tensioner and at a constant length.
Let’s make sure we keep our loved ones safe. Ace of Shades would be glad to help you find the right product ensuring your house is safe regarding your window covering needs.