An important factor in selecting the best window treatment for our project is matching the durability and functionality of the window treatment with the anticipated usage of the product. Heavy usage by different patrons, renters or household members could greatly affect the operational longevity of the window treatment. Arrange a consultation from a window covering specialist, like the experts at Kreative Kama'aina Enterprises, and share your requirements for each window opening and review the options to meet your needs.
In situations where there is going to be heavy demand and usage of a window treatment, pay particular attention to the hardware that traverses the treatment horizontally or the mechanism that operates the treatment vertically. If there are cords or chains included with the hardware, request information regarding the stability of the cord or chain and the pulley mechanism that operates the vertical actions of the product. These are the two primary causes of malfunctions in the vertical applications of window treatments. Clutch replacement/repair is quite common on roller/solar shades as users tend to operate the cord or chain at sharp angles rather than the recommended vertical engagement. This often damages the clutch and prevents it from operating the vertical movement of the shade in a normal fashion with the cord or chain just slipping through the clutch.
Although there are adjustable drapery tracks available in the marketplace, seek out a drapery workroom, like Kreative Kama'aina, and purchase a commercial grade drapery track with an anodized aluminum shell, powder coated paint finish for smooth operation and click in carriers. These drapery tracks are made to last and very popular with hotel properties who serve customers of all profiles. With baton controlled traversing features, the drapery treatment will be maintenance free with light dusting and vacuuming of the fabric being the primary maintenance recommendation.
Large sliding doors and windows also present challenges in the also present challenges in the selection of window treatments. Most large window openings are designed to be kept open to allow maximum ventilation but privacy concerns warrant the requirements of a window covering. Traversing horizontal window treatments, like drapery and panel glide systems are highly recommended due to its overall functionality and practicality over solar/roller shades. Issues to consider in large roller shade applications are curling of the fabric edges, sagging "v" patterns in the middle of the large shade, rippling or waves in the solar fabric, telescoping (shade cloth moving up and down crooked) and fraying ends on the fabric. Consideration should also be given to the weight of the shade and the strength needed to raise and lower the shade versus sliding a drapery panel over a smooth track.
Enjoy the process of selecting the appropriate window covering for your project and don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with the experts at Kreative Kama'aina. Call 808-841-8731 or visit their website at www.kreativekamaaina.com.