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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Customization Decisions To Make When You Have Custom Drapes Made

by Bradley Castillo

Choosing the right drapes for your home can be challenging when you have a specific style and color in mind, but you sometimes just can't find premade drapes that you like. The solution may be to work with a custom drapery shop and have your drapes made for you. Here are some customization decisions you need to make.

The Dimensions Of The Drapes

A custom drapery shop can make drapes of any size. If you have a wide window wall, you might want multiple drapes, but the shop can sew drapes together to make them as wide as needed if you would rather have just one or two drapes.

The same is true for the length of the drapes. When it comes to the length, you also have to decide how you want the drapes to fit against the floor. You might not want them to touch the floor at all, or you might want drapes that make a dramatic puddle on the floor.

Also, consider how close to the ceiling you want to hang the drapes. You may want them to hug the tops of your window frames, but you may prefer the look of drapes hung high above the windows that make your room look taller.

The Fabric Material, Color, And Pattern

Choosing the color and fabric for your drapes might be daunting, but a custom drapery shop can help. They might mail or bring fabric swatches to your home so you can see how the drape material will look against your walls and sofa.

Color and pattern are a matter of personal taste, but you might want advice from the drape shop about the fabric since some fabrics tolerate direct sunlight better than others.

The Backing For The Drapes

You have a choice in backing for your new drapes. If the fabric you choose is thick enough, you may not need any backing at all. If the fabric for your drapes is easily damaged by sunlight, you may want a light backing to protect your drapes and it can help create some privacy.

You might also want a thermal backing to help with the energy efficiency of your windows. The backing could improve privacy and black out the sun, too.

When thinking about new draperies, consider if you'll also have blinds or sheers installed because this might influence the type of backing you'll get, if any. Also, think about what you want to achieve with your drapes besides adding beauty to a room. Drapes can make your room dark during the day for sleeping, they can block the sun to keep your room cooler, or they could block cold air during the winter.

For more information, contact a custom drapery service near you.