New Hunter Douglas® Product Innovations Sneak Peak!

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Our staff at Colorado Blinds & Design attended the Hunter Douglas® premiers seminar yesterday in Denver and we are SO excited to share the new product information and innovations with you! These changes and innovations will be available April 3rd. Can’t wait until then? Take a look at the sneak peak we provided below!

Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds

Everwood® Faux Wood Blinds are one of our most popular products, and we are so excited about all the new features in this line. Hunter Douglas® introduced 3 new textures: Linen, Leather and Grass Weave. Also, the deLite (routless) feature is now available free of charge for all Everwood® products. How cool is that?

Palm Beach® Custom Shutter Collection

This collection features a polysatin shutter, comprised of man-made materials. New innovations include the new DuraLux™  Finish, which makes polysatin shutters look like a painted wood shutter. Gone is the “sheen” associated with vinyl products. New trims and hardware upgrades are also available.

Silhouette®

Ask and you shall receive! By popular demand, silhouette is now available in a cordless version. That’s right, a CORDLESS silhouette, available in 2, 3 and 4 inch vane sizes. Come check out our sample today!

Duette® and Applause® Honeycomb shades

New colors and textures are available in the Duette Architella® collection! Other new features include new and slimmer headrails and discounted Duolite pricing.

This is only a sneak peak of what’s new from Hunter Douglas®!

Stop by today to see all of these great innovations from Hunter Douglas®. Beginning April 3rd, act quickly to take advantage of our generous rebates and upgrades. Schedule your free in-home estimate today!

 

 

 

Hunter Douglas® Provenance® Vertical Woven Wood on Sale!

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At Colorado Blinds and Design, we have a Hunter Douglas® Provenance® Vertical Woven Wood on sale! This shade is already manufactured and is made of a discontinued fabric. It is fully lined and includes a valance. The dimensions are 60″ wide by 91″ high.  This shade is ideal for a sliding glass door. The sale price is $900 but we are offering it for only $150. Take a look at the pictures below, or stop by our showroom between 10 and 6, Monday through Friday.

Saving Energy in Style Window Covering Sale

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There are only a few short weeks left to take advantage of the Save Energy in Style Sale. Until March 31st, you can receive generous rebates for many Hunter Douglas® products.

Buy 2 or more of any combination of the following products and enjoy generous savings.

Vignette® Tiered™ Architella® Shades: Save $50 per unit

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades: Save $40 per unit

Buy 4 or more of any combination of the following products and enjoy generous savings.

Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades: Save $25 per unit

Duette®  honeycomb shades: Save $20 per unit

Congrats, Judy!

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Colorado Blinds & Design has a  writer in their midst!

That’s right! One of the owners, Judy Magara, recently won an IPad 2 by entering a contest sponsored by Hunter Douglas® wherein sales people were asked to share their Duette® Architella® sales success story. She wrote a short essay addressing the prompt and won! Check out her success story below..

I had an engineer who called me and came into our showroom.  He came in with his children and was very distracted.  He told me he had just bought very good replacement windows and only wanted to look at our lowest cost honeycomb shade.  I told him I would show it to him but I also wanted to show him the Duette Architella and explain the reasons why it was a better value even though the price was higher.  We talked about the insulating quality of a double pane window by itself with nothing in it and then the difference with an Applause single honeycomb shade versus a Duette Architella shade.  I explained the energy savings on heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer and how the difference in insulating qualities would actually save him money over the years.   He listened to what I had to say and not only purchased Duette Architella shades, but decided on the Meritage Duette Architella (the most expensive of the Architella shades).  About six months later, he called for an appointment.  I measured his basement windows and sold him more Duette Meritage Architella honeycomb shades.  He has given my name to several of his friends.  The Federal Tax Credit wasn’t a concern to him because he had already used it on his replacement windows.  This just proves that product knowledge means all the difference in selling Duette Architella shades.

 

What is an “R-Value?”

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Whether you are building a home or you are considering home improvement projects, you have probably come across the term “R-value.” You might also be asking yourself, What the heck does a r-value measure, and why is it so important?

An R-value indicates a resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. Still confused? So was I until someone explained R-values in simple terms.

Basically, a well insulated wall in your home has an R-value of around 20. The wall keeps the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. It resists heat flow.

A high-quality uncovered window typically has an R-value of around one. Yes, just one. Heat and cold pretty much escape freely through an uncovered window.

A window with a Hunter Douglas Duette Architella window covering has a R-value of around seven.

That’s right. Six times the r-value can be achieved with the simple installation of a window covering. Installing an energy efficient shade can remarkably reduce energy bills and prevent up to 50% of energy loss through windows.

If you are still unsure about the importance of r-values, please feel free to stop in our showroom or give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to explain any questions you may have!

The Importance of Pre-Wiring for New Residential Construction

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Today, technology plays an important, if not vital, role in everyday life. Technology not only makes everyday life easier, it makes it possible.

Enormous new strides in technological advances are made everyday. The latest innovation in homes, which is relatively inexpensive and can add considerable value to your home, is prewiring for home automation and “smart home” capabilities.

The term “prewiring” refers to the installation of the appropriate cables and wires during a new home’s construction. It includes the electrical wiring, as well as the low voltage, home systems cabling. Essentially, all that is needed to make smart homes possible is the extra wiring cable and small about of extra labor to run the appropriate cables to the correct location within the home. So, for a small amount of money, you can have a home with full automation capabilities. Because of the low cost and high return on investment (when selling the home later), movement toward making prewiring for new residential construction in custom homes the standard is beginning to take effect.

You might be asking yourself Why does this matter? And why is this on a website about window coverings? Well, prewiring can extend to windows, especially those high windows that are impossible to reach. Then, when the home is finished and you are shopping for window coverings, we can install motorized shades that hook up to the prewiring. Now, you have motorized window coverings that do not require a change of batteries once a year. You can even control the shades with your IPad or tablet. How cool is that?

If you are thinking of building a new home, consider prewiring. If you have any questions or would like to talk about prewiring more in-depth, call (970-663-0505) or stop by our showroom to schedule an appointment with Chris, our motorization and wiring guru. He is extremely knowledgeable in this area and would be happy to answer any questions and explain the prewiring procedures.

Lifetime Guarantee with Hunter Douglas® Products

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Did you know that Hunter Douglas® products are covered under a lifetime guarantee? That’s right! As long as you still reside the home where you purchased the window coverings, Hunter Douglas will honor their lifetime guarantee. If your Hunter Douglas® window fashions aren’t superior performers, we’ll fix them at no cost to you. At Colorado Blinds & Design, we specialize in Hunter Douglas repairs, whether you purchased the window covering from us or not!

Many of our clients are curious about what exactly is covered under the lifetime guarantee. The exact terms are detailed below.

 Covered by the Lifetime Limited Warranty

  • Defects in materials, workmanship or failure to operate for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the product
  • All internal mechanisms
  • Components and brackets
  • Fabric delamination
  • Operational cords for a full 7 years from the date of purchase
  • Repairs and/or replacements will be made with like or similar parts or products
  • Hunter Douglas motorization components are covered for 5 years from the date of purchase
Not Covered by the Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Any conditions cause by normal wear and tear
  • Abuse, accidents, misuse or alteration to the product
  • Exposure to the elements (sun damage, wind, water/moisture) and discoloration or fading over time
  • Failure to follow our instructions with respect to measurement, proper installation, cleaning or maintenance
  • Shipping charges, cost of removal and reinstallation

 

Shutters

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Colorado Blinds & Design carries a variety of shutter types and brands, and our sales team will help you choose the best product and application for your windows. We carry vinyl shutters, engineered wood and real wood. Pricing depends on the type of shutter you select. The best way to view our shutters is to visit our showroom where we have a variety of shutters on display, and one of our knowledgeable staff members can explain the advantages of these products.

Shutters are functional in addition to being beautiful. One of the many advantages of shutters is that they don’t rattle in an open window, whereas a  shade has the potential to do so depending on the application. Here at Colorado Blinds & Design, we consider purchasing shutters like buying furniture for your home. Shutters are the only window treatment that add value to the home. Some of our new home buyers are even including shutters as part of their option package.

Below are some brief descriptions of the shutters we carry.

Heritance® shutters are made of wood and joined with a dovetail design. Over 100 paint and stain finishes are available, as well as a plethora of louver and frame options.

Like Everwood® faux wood blinds, NewStyle Hybrid Shutters® are comprised of a wood composite. They have the look of a quality shutter, while maintaining the durability of a man-made product.

Palm Beach® polysatin shutters are comprised of an extremely durable man-made product. They are guaranteed to never warp, fade, chip or peel, even in the harshest conditions.

Eclipse® Vinyl Shutters are a great product with an even better lead time. The shutters are manufactured and shipped in only ten days and boast a variety of features, including a 25 year warranty, energy efficiency and UV protection. They are also fire retardant and anti-microbial.

The Science Behind Energy Efficient Window Coverings

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Many of our clients want energy efficient window coverings. Who can blame them? Between the scorching Colorado summers and frigid winters, our heating and cooling bills can be astronomical.

Hunter Douglas Duette Architella

In response to the growing need for a way to stop energy loss through windows, Hunter Douglas designed the Duette Architella shade, which has the highest R-value for window coverings on the market.

An R-value measures the thermal resistance of a product or material. A window without any window covering has an R-value of 1.25, whereas an insulated wall has a value of about 20. If a Duette Architella shade is added to a window, the R-value increases from 1.25 to 6.25, making a huge difference.

You might be wondering how a window covering can insulate a window and prevent energy loss? The three “dead” air spaces in the Duette Architella are the key in the energy saving technology. Believe it or not, air is a great insulator. Heat is “attracted” to cold, and the dead air spaces prevent much the energy from escaping through the windows. In the summer, the heat is kept out, and it the winter, the heat is kept inside.

Duette Architella shades can also block out 95% of harmful UV rays.

 

 

What Makes Us Different from the “Other Guys”

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Colorado Blinds & Design has over 30 years of experience in the design industry for a reason. We know that you have a choice in who you use for your window covering needs, and we strive to be that choice. We go above and beyond for our clients to ensure that they are 100% satisfied with the services we provide.

Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau is a testament to our business practices. Our commitment to beat any price quote on identical products is a testament to our everyday low prices. And our policy to provide free in-home estimates is a testament to our excellent customer service.

We believe in building long-lasting, personal relationships with our clients. We absolutely love building personal relationships through assisting them with their window covering needs. Our clients are our biggest cheerleaders; we consistently receive referrals from them for our wide range of services.

Here is what our customers are saying about us:

It’s always a pleasure doing business with Judy. Everything’s very professional, and window coverings and products are ready when she says they’ll be ready. Tom Magara is a great installer, neat, experienced, knowledgeable and personable. They give customer service at a personalized level, which you just don’t get as much anymore. And they’re competitively priced; they work within your budget.”

Laura and Dana Foote, Loveland
Owners, Big O Tires

Judy’s very energetic and disciplined; she doesn’t waste her motion, her energy. Her sense of color and how shapes and forms go together is very, very good. She’ very sensitive to one’s budget. And she simply gets the job done with minimal impact on your day.

Fred Fuller, Greeley
Meadowview of Greeley Premier Senior Living

 

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