As we move into spring, the cold weather is behind us, the rain begins to subside and the sun shines. We rejoice because we know summer is right around the corner. With all the sunshine to enjoy, we forget about the damage it can cause.

There are different options you can use to control the light that shines into your home but sometimes you may be sacrificing style in order to achieve that.


Window coverings are a great way to control the natural sunlight that shines too strongly through your windows. Window treatments protect your furniture, your carpet, counter-tops and accessories by blocking out UV rays and heat. Short of moving to a new home, you could grow a tree for more shade, attach awnings over your windows or tint your windows. You will have achieved the desired effect but maybe not the desired look. Tree roots may affect your foundation, awnings may cause structural damage if not installed properly and tint may not be what you wanted stuck onto those beautiful windows. Consider utilizing window treatments as an alternative or as an addition to any of the above.


Window treatments can effectively block the sun and aid in reducing the temperature in your home. There are a variety of window coverings that are available and you will most likely want to make the choice based on your own personal style and the ambiance you want to create. As you choose, remember this tip — window coverings reduce solar heat most effectively if the surface facing the glass is a reflective color like white.

One type of window treatment that is very effective at reducing summer heat is vertical or horizontal window blinds. The reason for this is the slat type window blinds with the numerous openings between the slats. These slats offer versatility as well as the option to control light and ventilation by adjusting them to block and reflect the sun. They can be tilted, lifted or completely closed to allow for varying degrees of light to flow through.


For ideas and assistance, contact Pacific Island Construction for a free appointment.

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