In sunny San Diego, homeowners pay special attention to how they cover and treat their windows. There are many options including drapes, blinds, shades, and shutters. Because of its many benefits, San Diego cellular shades are becoming one of the most popular choices in window treatments.
What are Cellular Shades?
Cellular shades are a type of window covering which can be lifted or lowered by having the material fold at specific locations to form pleats. When open, the pleats compress into a stack at the top of the window. When the shades are down, the pleats form horizontal hollow spaces called “cells”. Looking from the side, the cells look like the cell of a honeycomb. Horizontal cellular shades are similar except the shades move from left to right (or right to left) instead of up and down.
Benefits of Cellular Shades
Visually, cellular shades are stunning and can change the look of a room. Benefits of these window treatments include:
- Colors: Cellular shdes come in a variety of colors including bright blues and pinks, earth tones, and neutral colors.
- Pleat size: Pleats (where the shade folds) can be wide or narrow. The choice is a personal one, but in general, larger windows look better with wider pleats and smaller windows look better with narrow pleats. Typical pleat sizes include: 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″ and 3/4″ wide.
- Opacity: Cellular shades have different levels of light control: some shades are sheer while others are darkening or “blackout” shades.
- Insulation: The cells themselves have insulating properties because the hollow air spaces block heat transfer. In winter, the cells keep the heat in the house. In summer, the cells keep the heat out and keep the AC in. To be even more energy-efficient, you can have double-cellular or triple-cellular shades.