Frequently Asked Questions

In the following section you’ll find a list of common window treatment dilemmas, like needing complete darkness for light sleepers or covering hard-to-reach custom-shaped windows. We offer specialized advice for solving any window problem. If you’ve got a question not covered here, make sure to call for an individual consultation with Unique.

Questions:

  1. I have a problem sleeping with light, and I need complete darkness. What can I put on my windows to achieve darkness?
  2. I have young children. I am concerned about child safety especially with dangling cords.
  3. I have a high-tech media room. I need something that will reduce the glare on the screen or block out the light, while staying consistent with the look and features of the room.
  4. I like the natural light in my room but I am concerned about my privacy. What kind of window treatments are the best solutions for this situation?
  5. I have existing shades on my windows. I don’t want to replace them but I would like to add something to the windows in order to give the room a final touch?
  6. What kind of window treatment is good for a large sliding door?
  7. What kind of window treatments are durable enough to handle rooms with high temperature or humidity such as bathrooms or kitchens?
  8. I live on the street level. I want to maintain my privacy without losing the skyline. What kind of window treatment can give me the best of both?
  9. What kind of window treatments can be applied to Arched windows?
  10. I have a large room that I would like to divide. Are there any window treatments that can be used as room dividers?
  11. I have windows that are hard to reach. What kind of treatments will I be able to operate with these kinds of windows?
  12. How can I cover the windows in my greenhouse?


Question 1:
I have a problem sleeping with light, and I need complete darkness. What can I put on my windows to achieve darkness?

Answer:
There is a variety of products that will help achieve total or close to total darkness in your room:
• Cellular Shades
Have a great light-blocking option with their opaque material which will give you near 100% darkness.
• Roman Shades
With Block out lining, these will help give close to 100% room darkening effect while being able to custom select the fabric that matches your room’s décor.
• Shutters
Unlike shades that are either up or down, shutters have a great light control option. When closed they achieve near 100% block out; when opened they can fill a room with light. This is a great option for bedrooms.
• Drapes
Custom made to your fabric with room darkening lining; drapes are a great light blocking option. Standing alone or as an addition to existing window treatments, they will completely darken your room.


Question 2:
I have young children. I am concerned about child safety especially with dangling cords.

Answer:
There are a few options that can eliminate dangling cords or just fully eliminate the cords:
• Shutters
Shutters are safe, reliable, and the most durable treatments available on the market.
• PowerRise™ by Hunter Douglas
Operate the shade with a remote control. no cords involved. The PowerRise™ option is available on the following shades:
1. Duette™ (Cellular Shades by Hunter Douglas)
2. Silhouette™
3. Luminette™
• Motorized
Practically any treatment can be motorized, eliminating cords.
• Cordless
These window treatments have a hidden mechanism that eliminates cords completely. This option is available on the following treatments:
1. Wood Blinds
2. Aluminum Blinds
3. Cellular Shades
• Ultra Glide™
Comes in the following shades:
1. Duette™
2. Silhouette™


Question 3:
I have a high-tech media room. I need something that will reduce the glare on the screen or block out the light, while staying consistent with the look and features of the room.

Answer:
The best option for a media room would be motorized shades. Whether cellular, roman or roller shades, all of these can be incorporated into any home automation system or master remote.


Question 4:
I like the natural light in my room but I am concerned about my privacy. What kind of window treatments are the best solutions for this situation?

Answer:
There are quite a few treatments that can provide creative solutions to preserving natural light while maintaining privacy:
1. Silhouette™
2. Luminette™
3. Semi-opaque Cellular Shades
4. Roman shades with sheer fabric
5. Sheer Draperies


Question 5:
I have existing shades on my windows. I don’t want to replace them but I would like to add something to the windows in order to give the room a final touch?

Answer:
The best way to dress up a room is to add toppers, drapes or complement it with bedding and/or accessories.


Question 6:
What kind of window treatment is good for a large sliding door?

Answer:
Sliding doors usually present a unique challenge with window treatments selection. In most cases, we will try to avoid using treatments that go up and down and try to utilize side-moving treatments such as Sliding panels (track systems) Shutters, Vertiglide™, Luminette™, or Vertical Blinds.


Question 7:
What kind of window treatments are durable enough to handle rooms with high temperature or humidity such as bathrooms or kitchens?

Answer:
Rooms with high temperatures and or humidity will usually require materials that can uphold such conditions. Therefore, we will recommend staying away from products containing wood or metal, which would ultimately warp or rust. The ideal treatments should contain vinyl or faux wood blinds. Silhouette shades may also be a good treatment for bathrooms.


Question 8:
I live on the street level. I want to maintain my privacy without losing the skyline. What kind of window treatment can give me the best of both?

Answer:
Trying to maintain your privacy while exposing the skyline can present a challenge. Fortunately, there are products on the market that are designed for these specific situations.
a. The Top Down Bottom Up Feature is available with the following Shades:
– Cellular Shades
– Pleated Shades
– Roman Shades
– Woven Wood Shades
– Silhouette Shades
b. Shutters with a divider rail – This allows for operating the top part of the shutter separately from the bottom.
c. Café Shutters – Shutters that block the lower part of the window, leaving the top exposed.
d. Café Curtains – Much like the café shutter, they block the bottom portion of the window, exposing only the top.


Question 9:
What kind of window treatments can be applied to Arched windows?

Answer:
Arched windows as well as specialty shaped windows are hard to deal with. Fortunately, we at Unique have a vast experience working with these types of windows and can offer quite a few solutions:
a. Shutters – A great option because unlike most other treatments, they can still be operated.
b. Cellular Shades – Can be practical for almost any shape window with the option to have them working or stationary.
c. Wood Blinds – Can work with arched windows as well as odd-shaped.
d. Other products such as Aluminum blinds, Soft shades and Custom fabrics can also be installed on Arched and Odd-shaped windows.


Question 10:
I have a large room that I would like to divide. Are there any window treatments that can be used as room dividers?

Answer:
Yes, there are window treatments that can be used as room dividers. The advantage of using window treatments is that unlike a wall, the treatment can be opened when needed allowing you to control your living space. The following are treatments that can be used as room dividers:
1. Sliding or Bi-fold Shutters
2. Vertiglide™
3. Curtains


Question 11:
I have windows that are hard to reach. What kind of treatments will I be able to operate with these kinds of windows?

Answer:
The best solution for hard to reach windows are motorized shades. All types of shades can be ordered with the motorized option which can be controlled by a wall switch or a remote control anywhere in your house.

The next option would be PowerRise™ or PowerGlide™ Shades by Hunter Douglas, such as Silhouette™, Duette™, and Luminette™. These shades can be controlled by remote control or timer.


Question 12:
How can I cover the windows in my greenhouse?

Answer:
Green houses or Atriums can be covered by different types of shades. From Cellular Shades to Cascade Shades, and from manual to motorized. We have the expertise to do it all.

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