Consider Window Size and Functionality before Building!

Consider Window Size and Functionality before Building!

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Are you building a new home? If you are considering motorized window coverings or want to hardwire your shades, you need to consult a specialist prior to wiring.  A specialist will be able to walk through your new home with you, gain an understanding of how you would like to operate your shades, and make the proper recommendations for you.  This step will help to minimize any wiring errors and make the installation of your hardwired shades seamless.

Considering integration?  All Hunter Douglas PowerView shades can be integrated to work with your home automation system.  For the smoothest installation and operation of your shades, Hunter Douglas suggests that you consult with a home automation and window covering professional.  Whether you are just getting started or are a home automation enthusiast, you can create a personalized whole-home connected solution by integrating Hunter Douglas’ PowerView Motorization with compatible smart home solutions.

The PowerView Hub unifies your PowerView Scenes with that of the most popular systems including Nest, IFTTT, Logitech, Control4, URC, ELAN, Savant, RTI, and Crestron. This is made possible through a variety of methods, including local connectivity within the home (IP and RS-232 serial) as well as outside of the home through the cloud.  Each home automation control system has a unique path to integration. Specific steps must be followed in order to successfully launch and utilize the respective driver or plug-in that allows PowerView to communicate with each system.

Considering floor-to-ceiling windows?  This stunning feature can be used to maximize a view or make your space feel open while maximizing natural light.  However, these large windows can be difficult to outfit with window coverings.  You must consider the mounting and operation of these large shades to cover your windows.  If you are thinking about large windows in the bedroom, you will also want to consider privacy and light control.  Often, large windows need to be covered using more than one shade and can result in a light gap within your window frame.  On the other end, windows that are too small may be restricted in the lifting systems that you can use.

LiteRise, UltraGlide, and Top-down Bottom-up features cannot be used on windows with a small width. Consulting with a window coverings professional before building can help you maximize your options when it comes to product and light control in your new home!

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It is also important to think about how you would like to use your shades.  If you would like cordless blinds, you have to ensure that you can reach the top of the windows or that the windows are not obstructed by any furniture that may sit in front of them.  If you would like Nana Wall panels in your home, any window coverings will have to be mounted outside the frame. These are all very important things to consider, therefore consulting a window covering professional before building your new home could be extremely helpful!

Contact us and book a free In-Home Consultation today!

Tips for the Traveler!

Tips for the Traveler!

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Going on vacation? We’ve all been told that putting your lights on timers can help your home to appear occupied while you are away.  Now with Hunter Douglas’ PowerView app Remote Connect feature, your window coverings can be part of your security plan.  Using the Hunter Douglas App and Hub, you can program your shades to open and close on a pre-set schedule, making your home look lived in even if you are thousands of miles away!  The ability to program your window coverings ahead of time means a worry-free vacation for you!

This application can also be a great way to control your window coverings from work, ensuring the temperature of your house is perfect when you get home!  Control your window coverings with ease using the Hunter Douglas App with any smart phone.  With the app, you can decide whether you would like to pre-set your window coverings to open or close at the same time every day, or manually move them when necessary.  In addition to this, you can set your window covering preference for morning, day, and night so that your blinds are automatically in the position you want them to be in, depending on time of day.  Not only this but with the PowerView app, you can customize certain rooms and move them all independently of one another.  Not sure what time of day you want your shades to move?  The PowerView app is also able to move your shades with sunrise and sunset, calculated daily based on your specific location.

In addition to using the PowerView app, you can choose from two different remotes which operate your shades within your home.  The options are the Powerview Pebble remote control or the PowerView Pebble Scene remote control.  The PowerView Pebble remote control offers a modern alternative to a traditional remote control, allowing you to pre-set and easily operate up to six different groupings of window covering – either individually or together – with the press of a button.  The PowerView Pebble Scene Controller features an advanced display screen that allows you to preview and select the room scenes that you previously programmed using the PowerView app.  The PowerView Pebble comes in ten colors to easily match any home.  You can also wall mount a PowerView Remote or Scene Controller using the PowerView Surface, available in three colors.

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Along with all the added convenience of PowerView, these cordless shades create a safer environment for kids and pets.  Operate your shades using battery power to make it easy!  Battery operated Hunter Douglas blinds are incredibly easy to install, operate, and maintain.  The shades utilize AA batteries and the pack is hidden behind the headrail so it will never be seen or obstruct your view!  Hunter Douglas PowerRise is available in a wide variety of their shades including: Duette, Pirouette, Luminette, Silhouette, Designer Roller Shades, Design Studio, Everwood, Parkland, Skyline, Solera, and Vignette.

Interested in automated window coverings and stylish options? Book a free in-home consultation now!

4 Ways to Install Child/Pet Safety Window Treatments for Your Home

4 Ways to Install Child/Pet Safety Window Treatments for Your Home

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The options, functions, and preferences for window coverings these days make safety a forefront issue.  Here are five options of window coverings that are child/pet safe.

Automate and Motorize

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If you are looking for a window treatment that is child safe and has less work. The automated or motorized from Hunter Douglas is just all you need. Tap on the app on your device or push a button on the remote control and your window treatments will adjust.

Cordless Window Coverings

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Cordless window coverings are the safest window coverings for homes with kids. With cordless, you just use your hand to raise and lower your window treatment, it’s that easy even kids and pets can operate them. Normally cordless blinds and shades slide with a gentle nudge from little hands, they are user-friendly and most importantly safe.

Install Continuous Cord Loop

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Installing a continuous cord loop is another way of safeguarding your window treatments and your kids. Rather than hanging down, the continuous cord loop is securely fastened to the inside of the window frame and you simply pull on the rear of the loop to raise the shade or pull down on the front of the loop to lower them. No dangling strings, no danger.

Retractable Pull-cord

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When cordless is not an option, a retractable pull cord can serve the purpose. You can make them short so they are at of reach of children, then when you pull to raise your window treatments, the cord retracts and stay at the same length. With retractable pull-cords, you get both the function and the peace of mind.

Children are incredible. Their mischievous smiles, limitless energy, and an immeasurable amount of love make us happy most of the time, but sometimes these traits make us worry.

With the above list, you have the safety options of all window coverings. Contact Normandeau Window Coverings for more details. Book a free consultation now!

The Benefits of Window Blinds

The Benefits of Window Blinds

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The Benefits of Window Blinds

So, you’re looking to replace your window treatments, and you want something that isn’t those terrible white blinds, the ones that are impossible to lift? Or maybe you had low-quality vertical blinds and you’re thinking that you don’t ever want to go through that again. No one can blame you. However, window blinds really are a great and versatile option for just about any home.

Light Control

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Slatted window blinds are the most effective window treatment for light control because the slats can be tilted up or down and opened and closed; they offer the most customizable light control and privacy. Curtains can be opened and closed, but light can only come in through a small patch, leading to pinpoint light that isn’t well diffused, leaving the corners of a room dim. Blinds and shades don’t have this issue.

Blinds also offer a great deal of privacy. We’ve all peeked through the blinds to check who’s at the door before, but more than that, window blinds can be tilted upwards to allow light in without letting anyone see inside.

Energy Efficiency

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Window blinds, like most window treatments, help with the energy efficiency of your home. They trap air against the windows, acting as insulation, protecting your home and making it easier to heat or cool. You may have heard that windows are one of the biggest energy sinks in the home, and it’s true! In the summer, light and heat are trapped at the windows, making easier to cool the home, and in the winter, cold air is trapped, making it easier to heat.

Blinds are cost efficient as well, being the most affordable window treatment option for the home. They come in many colors and styles, well within any price range.

Safety

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In recent years a lot of heat has come onto window blinds as being dangerous for children and pets. They get wrapped up in the cords and slats and can’t get themselves unstuck, leading to injury or even death. However, modern window blinds are made with strict safety standards in mind to protect your loved ones from harm.

Cordless blinds have become popular recently, as have motorized blinds that are controlled with a remote and can even be programmed to raise and lower when you want them to. Hunter Douglas, in particular, is a great brand for this.

Aesthetics

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As consumers become more aesthetically conscious, so window blind manufacturers have updated their products to modern tastes. It’s not hard to find blinds that are either wood or made from synthetic materials to look like wood. Wood blinds take what is often thought of as an unappealing window treatment option and make it elegant and classic. Metal window blinds have an edgy, industrial look.

Wood blinds do run the risk of aging in the sunlight coming in through the windows, but synthetic blinds don’t have this issue and are much more customizable. However, wood blinds are eco-friendlier. Talk to your local window treatment store to find out the best option for your home.

Cleanliness

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Because all window blinds need is dusting and some spot cleaning, they’re one of the cleanest forms of window treatment. Without the hassle of having to take them off the window to wash or the danger of wiping down paper with a wet cloth, window blinds offer superior cleanliness and convenience. Make sure to dust your blinds at least a few times a year, either with a dry cloth or a feather duster.

Alternatives

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If you still aren’t convinced that window blinds are for you, there are some similar alternatives that you could try. Gliding panels act much like vertical blinds, but they’re larger, and look much more elegant. They lay flat in a row against the window when they’re closed, and when open they fold close together for maximum view. This option is best for large expanses of windows or porch doors that need a unique window treatment. They can also be used as elegant, minimalist room dividers.

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Honeycomb or cellular shades are also a great blind alternative. While they aren’t as customizable for light control, they are much more private and much better at insulating. There are also top-down and bottom-up movement options, to maximize privacy. Roman shades are an elegant, timeless alternative to window blinds. They combine the best of blinds and the elegance of curtains, though they too do not allow as much light in as blinds. Both of these window treatments aren’t as easy to keep clean as window blinds are, because cellular shades are often made of paper or non-washable fabric, and Roman shades can’t be disassembled to clean. Both, however, offer great benefits as alternatives.

Whatever you choose, let the professionals at Normandeau Window Coverings help you find the right window treatment solutions for your home today.

Hunter Douglas Powerview Motorized Window Coverings

Hunter Douglas Powerview Motorized Window Coverings

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We are living in a world on the edge of creating an internet of things, and because of this, a lot of the great inventions and innovations of late have been smart technologies. Hunter Douglas’s Powerview motorized window coverings are some of the best smart technologies we’ve seen in the window covering industry. Their smart system actually works to automatically adjust your blinds throughout the day to meet your preferences. Whether you’re in the other room or on the other side of the world, as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to control your window coverings.

Create Personalized Scenes. The first step in embracing this new technology is downloading the Powerview app onto the smart device of your preference.  The app allows you to select your window coverings in different rooms and for different times of the day. You can then program each covering to balance your lighting and privacy needs. Perhaps one scene will have the living room’s window coverings open for early morning reading and another will close all of the bedroom coverings during the afternoon’s nap time.

Schedule. Once your scenes are created, it’s time to schedule them. The scheduling feature allows your window coverings to move from one scene into the next independently. Scene changes can be triggered by the hour, the day of the week, or even sunrise and sunset. The scheduler is easy to use and gives you complete control over your window coverings — even if you need different scenes to happen in different rooms simultaneously.

Remote Access. The remote access is one of our favourite features. From work or across Canada, remote access means not having to worry. If you left the blinds open before going on vacation, simply connect to the wifi at your hotel and close your window coverings using the Powerview App. If you have a chronic over-sleeping teen at home, you can remotely open up his or her window coverings from work to make sure they get up in time to mow the lawn or get to their weekend job!

At Normandeau, we love the power that this new smart technology is putting back into the hands of homeowners. We think it’s wonderful how this technology will seamlessly move between scenes throughout the day creating the perfect combination of light and privacy. Calgarians with Powerview will never have to worry about whether their plants are going to die because they left all their window coverings closed — they’ll just open them remotely. New technologies are always exciting and fun, and we can’t wait to see how  Powerview Motorized window coverings change our lives.

Learn more about how this product can work for you, come into the Normandeau closest to you today!

What Does it Mean to be an Expert at Calgary Window Coverings?

What Does it Mean to be an Expert at Calgary Window Coverings?

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Here at Normandeau, we feel that there’s more to being an expert about the window covering industry and Calgary window coverings than just saying you are one. However, it can be hard for Calgary consumers to sort the true window covering experts from the people only interested in selling them the most expensive product that they can. So what do we feel sets us apart? Well, there’s a few things…

Free Quotes and Consultations. We believe in helping Calgarians find the right products to meet their window covering needs and budget. We will work with you to find the perfect product and then come to your home to help measure your windows. This ensures that you have a proper fitting. After our discussion of your prefered designs and styles and having the exact measurements of your actual windows, we can also provide you a comprehensive quote while on site.

The Hunter Douglas 20/20 Gallery Gold Guarantee. Because Normandeau is a Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer, we are proud to be able to include the 20/20 Gallery Gold Guarantee that guarantees customer satisfaction. We are also able to offer our clients the flexibility of choosing motorized shades. With Hunter Douglas and Normandeau, it’s easy for you to motorize one shade controlled by a remote or to integrate an automated system that can control all of your window coverings. Along with being a gallery dealer, we are also certified Hunter Douglas motorization specialists.

Our free consultations, 20/20 gold guarantee, and certification as a Hunter Douglas motorization specialist are just a few of the reasons we consider ourselves experts on Calgary window coverings. After all, with every single one of our installers being certified under the Hunter Douglas Master Installer program and the fact that we have worked with Albertans from Lacombe to Lethbridge and everywhere in between, it’s hard to list all of our certifications. Are you ready to meet the best of Alberta’s window covering industry? Contact Normandeau today at 403-452-1545.