12 Types of Window Treatments

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Terry Manning

Subject: Cellular Shades that no longer fit!

We spent a fortune on cellular shades 8 years ago and were very pleased initially. Now 4 or 5 of them no longer meet the sills...almost like they experienced shrinkage. Therefore, cold air come pouring out through the bottom. We live in Colorado and it is dry so I find that had to believe. And why some and not others? I have several more rooms to do and am hesitant to do anything outside of plain old mini-blinds. Ideas? Thanks.

Katie Christopher

Subject: Cordless Issues

It sounds like you might have cordless cellular shades and this can be an issue at times with the cordless option. Over the years the changes in temperature cause the lift mechanism to expand and contract. The colder it is the more likely it is to contract. There are a couple of solutions we've used. The first is to weight the bottom rail enough to keep them down and the second is to purchase a new shade with a cord lift mechanism. Cord lifts are not suceptible to the changes in temperature causing contraction.

Robin Noonkester

Subject: Window

I have french doors with a moon shape window above. Sun comes in very bright around noon. What kind of treatment for this???? Help

Pat Rebb

Subject: Arch

There are several window treatments that you can have specialty cut for an arch window. My personal favorite is an arch shutter. A great classic look with the ability to control the amount and direction of the light coming into a room.

Eva Sailor

Subject: Window Treatments

This is a little confusing.
Is this an advertisement or for selling a product.
I am interested in purchasing window coverings.
Thank you for clarifying.

Keith Freeman

Subject: Window treatment article

Thanks you for the very informative information. I was starting to wonder if your organization was more about selling product and services and not providing information like this. I appreciate this and the other articles posted.

Pam Bort

Subject: Great Ideas for Window Treatments

I have two large sliding glass doors which also double as large sliding glass windows. I've had both vertical blinds and drapes as window treatments, but neither was satisfactory. Now I'm looking at blinds set between the panes of glass. Any comments?

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.