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Roller Shades Have Evolved Over Time

It used to be that roller shades were used by old people for their old homes to accompany their drapes. You know the style, dreary old carpet maybe some finger prints worn down maybe with tassels and of course one color, off white. Plain roller shades which were quite boring and commonplace were located everywhere. It was this look at night roller shades to be less popular and not widely distributed. Consumers look for alternatives. Some of these alternatives turnout to be wood blinds, vertical blinds, even draperies or mini blinds.

However none of this changes the fact that roller shades serve an important purpose- room darkening on a simple low cost window treatment. As a result of the evolution, the changes to the window treatments industry, and specifically to the roller shades manufacturing category, people are now discovering their roller shades can look good once again. New applications for roller shades include office spaces. Commercial offices are very valid new uses for roller shades.

Office spaces where computers are used, or work privacy is required, demand the use of roller shades. Roller shades which can block the light are increasingly common. Media rooms, office suites, conference rooms, and secret spaces, as well as rooms used to store perishable items, are all placing demands for room darkening window treatments. Some offices are making good use of solar shading roller shades. These increasingly important window treatment products are those which filter the light of allowing occupants to manage the lighting in their spaces. Roller shades which allow a percentage of the exterior light to enter room can thus lower internal lighting bills by allowing electric lights to be used to lower extent.

This applications becoming increasingly common with the goal of becomingly. When exterior lights are able to pass through window treatments, occupants are able to work in a more pleasant and individually lit workspace. It is this method of lighting which is part of the ergonomic design their roller shades, solar shading, which is desired.

Older roller shades were controlled with a pull mechanism. This pull mechanism, sometimes, called a spring mechanism, work well, particularly in the beginning of life of the roller shades. However, as roller shades got older in were used more regularly, the control system, the springs, would wear down and weaken. Spring controlled roller shades more recognizable by the fact that on the control ends of the roller shade to that the very top of the window they would be very small metal and sticking out of one side and something of about block sticking out of the other.

Each of the use panes or blocks would fit into a very small roller shade bracket that the top of window. Sometimes the roller shade can slip from his racket because there's no strong anchoring of the roller shade into the bracket, they are from cheap. New roller shades, on the other hand, use a more extensive stronger and much better fastened roller shade chain control. These chain controls use internal springs to actually reduce the load, the amount of force required to lift the roller shade, substantially.

Sometimes the load reduction for a roller shade can be as much as thirty percent. This type of load reduction is important when you talk about using roller shades for larger windows. Imagine trying to raise a roller shade that weighs as much as fifteen pounds. This would be the consumer pulling on a chain to raise the shade or to lower the shade and putting it least fifteen pounds of pull force on the chain. That's a lot of work when you're tired in the evening or tired of the morning trying to block the sun or let more sun in. The beauty of the new control systems is clear when you consider color coordinated chains that actually make the roller shade look nicer with the chains that match the fabrics.

These new roller shades, in particular, actually also have a color coordinated bottom rail. This bottom rail is a metal bar at the bottom of the roller shade and serve a function of providing a good solid weight to the roller shade. This weight is necessary to help the roller shade fabric hang flat straight. In addition, color coordinated bottom rails also provide a nice finish and attractive clean look to the roller shade. Roller shades have evolved tremendously over the past few years.

This is part of the fuel on the fire of the interest for roller shades in residential and commercial applications. Consumers, architects, designers, contractors, and building owners are all recognizing the enhanced value of attractive roller shades.

Judith Persit is an interior design student concentrating in home design. Ms. Persit writes about roller shades. Learn more about shades by visiting her site.

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