Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs about our products:
What is a custom window treatment??
A custom window treatment is designed, fabricated and installed specific to a particular window, allowing for the proper projection, proportion and operation -not to mention beauty.
How do I get a price from Peak Window Coverings??
There are a couple ways to get a price. You can:
- Call to schedule an in-home or office appointment
- Call with brand, style, and size for a phone quote
- E-mail with brand, style, and size for a quote
What’s the difference between Blinds & Shades??
Blinds are made of either horizontal or vertical slats that have the ability to be rotated or tilted to adjust the amount of light and view. Typically, they have the ability to be pulled up to the top of the window.
Shades are made of fabric material, that pleat or fold up, and stack at the top by a number of lift options.
What’s better – Blinds or Shades??
For the most part, the answer to this will be a personal one. Some people like the look of Blinds, some like Shades. It’s a matter of personal preference.
But many times function plays a role in which covering is better for a particular window. Blinds are a preferred method of adjusting light, as there are dozens of options in the degree of tilt and lift. Shades don’t tilt but are typically better insulators. Also, because they come in various fabrics and opacities, from sheer to blackout, they can be a better when only one is prefered.
How do custom products compare to off-the-shelf / cut-down products sold at big box stores??
Off the shelf / cut-down products are typically made to be disposable and should not be expected to wear, function, or look as good as a custom product, which is made to fit each window opening. They are also made of inferior materials. A good example is the plastic and vinyl used to make them will not hold up well to Ultra-Violet (UV) exposure, causing it to break down and become brittle over time. Custom products have higher grade plastic and vinyl materials and will last longer. Also, parts can be hard to come by for off-the-shelf / cut-down products sold at big box stores. As a result, when a simple part breaks, it’s time to replace the entire product.
What’s the difference between Blinds and Shutters??
Shutters are more architectural in look and design. They do not have any strings and the louver blades cannot be pulled up to the top. Instead, the louvers rotate open and closed, and the panels swing open on hinges much like a door. The louver blades are typically wider than the standard blind, as well as providing a better view. Shutters can also last a lifetime and typically cost more than Blinds. But because of this, they add more value to your home.
Blinds, on the other hand, have strings that are used to rotate the blades and pull them up to the top of the window. The louver blades are smaller, typically around 2 inches and the architecture of a blind is more simple than that of a shutter. Blinds, by their nature, will not last as long as shutters.
What are the best coverings for a sliding door??
While almost any covering can be put on a door, functionality must be considered. Typically a covering which slides is the best option for a door that is used. You can choose from any of these products:
What coverings are available for odd shaped openings??
FAQs about our services:
How do I know if a Blind/Shade is worth fixing or not??
It depends on:
- How valuable the product was to begin with. Typically name brands, like the ones we sell, are definately worth fixing rather than replacing. However:
- Sometimes a product has reached the end of its life due to age, wear, sun (UV) damage, etc.
If you need help determining these, call or e-mail us at Peak Window Coverings. Tell us the style and brand of covering and what’s wrong. We will give you our professional opinion and a price. (719) 262-0626
How often should I have my Blinds/Shades cleaned??
We recommend that you have your coverings Ultrasonically cleaned at least every 2 years. Ultrasound gets out the embedded dirt and grime in places that hand cleaning can never do.
Click to learn more about our Ultrasonic Cleaning.
Will Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning (UBC) damage my blind/shade??
Ultrasonic Cleaning is typically more gentle than hand scrubbing. However, because UBC is a wet cleaning, it may not be safe for certain dyed fabrics. It also may not be good to clean Honeycomb Shades more than 20 years old. The glues used in manufacturing when that product was developed were inferior to what is used today and may de-cell, or de-pleat during a wet cleaning. As for blinds, older (painted) aluminum blinds (mini-blinds, or the old 2″ style) may have oxidized (UV damaged) paint that will be removed by the UBC process.
What are some blinds or shades that can be used on sidelights??
Anything that can be made within the size of the sidelight can be used. Here’s an example:
If you’re in need of cleaning or repairs, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.
From buying your blinds, shades or shutters, to their maintenance after the sale, we’ve got you covered.