Here in Arizona, we have winter visitors that leave for 6-9 months per year. Additionally, full-time residents do all they can to spend some time away from the desert during the hot months - really June through September - some years, you can add May and October to that list.
So, for those folks who have wood or faux wood blinds in their windows, which are lots of folks, what should they know about their blinds?
Here is our tip. Take a close look at your wood and faux wood blinds. Notice that they close tighter at the top and less tight at the bottom. This is simply the nature of the mechanics of the blind. If you try and crank down on the tilt function to tighten the gaps at the bottom, there is a good chance that you will break the tilt mechanism.
So here's what you should do. Tilt the blind in the up position when you are gone from the house. This is especially true for extended leaves, but also true for daily management. Why? Because, tilting the blinds in the up position prevents direct sunlight from hitting your floor and furnishings. Go ahead and play with the blind while direct sunlight is on the window. If you tilt in the blind in the down position, you will notice light leaks which allow direct light to strike your stuff. Tilt the blind up and the light leaks. while still there, do not allow direct light onto your furnishings and finishes.
Why does this matter? Because the UV light of the direct sun - over a period of time - will fade, crack and otherwise negatively affect your floors and furnishings. By paying attention to this simple detail, you can help to preserve your home's original finishes for years to come.
We would love to help you with your wood or faux wood blind project! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and thanks for your interest in Latreia Blinds and Shutters!