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Window Shades Buying Guide from allen + roth®

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Shades and shadings are versatile window coverings that offer a wide range of fabrics and options. Open-and-close operation functions top to bottom. A lowered shade filters the light and view from the outside, while a raised shade in the open position provides a completely clear view to the outside.


Cellular Shades

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Cellular shades have unique construction that provides superior insulation, while eliminating visible cords featuring small, single-cell; large, single-cell; and double-cell styles. The results are a beautiful seamless look at your window. With an amazing choice of colors, cellular shades always provide a neutral color to the exterior of your home.

Features and Benefits:

• Energy-efficient

• Sheer, light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics available

• Child-safe options (cordless, motorization)

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Multiple operating systems, including standard control, cordless lift, continuous cord loop, motorization, multiple shades

• Specialty applications and shapes, including top-down / bottom-up, day / night shades, skylight shades, angle-top shades, arches



Horizontal Shadings

horizontal shadingsHorizontal shadings combine the beauty of a soft sheer with the unmistakable practicality of a window blind. These sophisticated shadings are constructed of fine fabric vanes suspended between sheer facings. They can be tilted open, closed or any point in between. When raised, they completely disappear into the sleek headrail for an unobstructed view. When the vanes of horizontal shadings are closed, they'll overlap one another, blocking the view. However, they don't form a perfect seal against light leakage. This is most visible at the bottom of the shade.

Features and Benefits:

• Seamless coordination available with vertical shadings

• Translucent and room-darkening styles

• Sleek, color-coordinated aluminum headrail

• Child-safe option (motorization)

• GREENGUARD® certified

• UV protection

• Antistatic

• Stain-resistant

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Multiple operating systems, including standard continuous cord loop, motorization, multiple shades on one headrail



Pleated Shades

pleated shadesPleated shades come in a variety of fabrics to create a look that can go as casual or formal as you please. They're very compact when raised and practically disappear in the window. These shades make a stand-alone statement and are a natural choice as a treatment under draperies for a rich, layered look. Choose from two pleat sizes: 1 inch and 2 inch.

Features and Benefits:

• Sheer, light-filtering and room-darkening fabrics available

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Multiple operating systems, including standard control, continuous cord loop, multiple shades on one headrail

• Specialty applications and shapes, including top-down / bottom-up, day / night shades, skylight shades, angle-top shades, arches



Cassette Roman Shades

cassette roman shadesCassette Roman shades provide luxurious cascades of fabric, yet roll up and disappear into a fabric-covered headrail. Unlike traditional Roman shades, this smart choice provides an unobstructed view when the shade is raised. This timeless look features soft, contoured folds of decorative fabrics. A choice of light-filtering or room-darkening rear liners completely eliminates any rear rings, grommets, tapes or lift cords for a smooth exterior appearance.

Features and Benefits:

• Fabric-covered headrail

• GREENGUARD® certified

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Multiple operating systems, including EZ-lift clutch, multiple shades on one headrail



Roller Shades

roller shadesRoller shades are a longtime favorite that feature clean lines and a streamlined appearance in the window. A flat panel of fabric rolls up around a roller and can be concealed in a variety of ways. Perfect as a style statement on their own, roller shades also pair well under treatments where added privacy is needed. These simple shades have a variety of designer finishing options and come in decorative, room-darkening or solar screen fabrics.

Features and Benefits:

• Seamless coordination available with classic Roman shades and panel tracks

• Child-safe option (spring roller, motorization)

• GREENGUARD® certified

• Flame-retardant

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Standard roll or reverse roll

• Multiple operating systems, including EZ-lift clutch, motorization

• Aluminum- and fabric-wrapped aluminum curved fascia in multiple color options

• Cassette with matching fabric insert in multiple color options

• Faux wood crown valance

• Square-corner valance

• Decorative valances and hems with trim options

• External or wrapped hem bar in multiple color options



Classic Roman Shades

classic roman shadesClassic Roman shades feature horizontal ribs that create gentle folds of fabric when raised and are available in decorative, room-darkening or solar screen fabrics. There are two styles to choose from: traditional flat-fold style or looped style. The flat-fold remains soft, flat and subtle when the shade is down, while the looped style maintains cascading folds of fabric when the shade is lowered.

Features and Benefits:

• Seamless coordination available with roller shades and panel tracks

• Child-safe option (motorization)

• GREENGUARD® certified

• Flame-retardant

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Multiple operating systems, including EZ-lift clutch, motorization, multiple shades on one headrail

• External or wrapped hem bar in multiple color options

• Fabric valances customized with scallops and trims



Natural Roman-Fold Shades

natural roman-fold shadesNatural Roman-fold shades are woven from a variety of fast-growing, renewable grasses, bamboo, reeds and jutes, and bring a casual, outdoor feel to any room. They're created from natural materials, and each one is unique. The weave of some patterns are naturally open and airy, while others are tighter and compact. Consider optional liners to increase the privacy level. The flat-fold remains soft, flat and subtle when the shade is down and creates gentle folds of material when raised.

Features and Benefits:

• Seamless coordination available with panel tracks and folding panels

• Natural grasses, bamboo, reeds and jutes that feature random knots and other natural variations

• Fabric valance

• Child-safe option (motorization)

• Trouble-free performance

• Minimal care

• Assembled in America

Special Options:

• Traditional flat-fold or waterfall styles

• Multiple operating systems, including top-down / bottom-up, EZ-lift clutch, motorization, multiple shades on one headrail

• Attached liner or operable pleated liner

• Specialty shapes, including arches and angled shade

• Decorative valance

Unique Characteristics to Consider:

Color

All natural products mature and change color over time. They may lighten or darken, depending on material and exposure to sunlight. Bamboo may be greenish at harvest and change to a yellow-brown as it ages. Harvest conditions can also affect the final color of each pattern. Purchase all shades at the same time to ensure the most consistent look.

Stretching, Shrinking and Slat Migration

Shades may stretch or shrink over time upwards of 1 inch. Natural fibers will react to changes in heat and humidity. Slat migration, or uneven sides, is normal, and the ends can be tapped back into shape if they shift. Edge banding adds a decorative touch and will help minimize stretching and slat migration.

Pattern Consistency

Variations in thickness, texture and yarns are to be expected within a pattern. There will be yarn knots at random intervals as well as length differences in the bamboo or grassy material that will cause a visual disruption in the weave pattern. In addition, there could be minor spacing or gap differences throughout the shade due to different thicknesses of material. The pattern won't match perfectly between shades on a two-on-one headrail.

Liners

Please note that room-darkening liners don't provide a complete blackout solution. The rout holes on the operable pleated liners allow light to shine through the holes. Attached liners have small slits in the fabric to allow attachment of the cord guide rings and will also allow a small amount of light to shine through.