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COVID Response

Stevens Creek Shutter Company is following all the available guidance in creating a safe workplace, and to working with our customers in a safe manner. The guidance includes readily available documentation from the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services of Ontario.

https://www.wsps.ca/WSPS/media/Site/Resources/Downloads/covid-19-sales-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?ext=.pdf

As well as direct guidance from the Leeds Grenville Public Health Unit.

We have separated our measures to cover the three separate manners in which we engage our clientele. In studio retail consultations, in home consultations, and installations.

In Studio

Our Design Studio at 28 Prescott Street in Kemptville will be closed for the time being, as the space is relatively small, we cannot ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained. We are available for virtual consultations from the Studio, which has been able to provide clients with a high level of customer service.

In Home Consultations go Virtual

We are now offering our initial visit as a virtual consultation. Via your favourite video messaging platform we meet virtually with clients to get a good sense of their project. We have these meetings from our design studio, which allows us to show more options and examples than when we start with a home visit. Once we have a good idea of what to bring, and have narrowed down the options, we book an in home visit. You still get a chance to see and feel the samples directly, we just minimize the amount of time that we may be face to face. This way we are still able to provide great service, while maintaining a minimum of risk. More on virtual consultations below. 

Installations

We are restarting our Installation Services as of May 25, 2020 which include measuring, installation and repairs. We are however doing so under strict precautions.

  • Staff are to closely monitor any potential symptoms and will report as such any concerns. Daily temperature checks are in place. We will have a strict Isolation protocol if any symptoms present themselves out of an abundance of caution.
  • Clients need to attest that they are not under isolation protocols in their homes at the time of installation or measurements.
  • PPE is available including hand sanitizer, masks, and disposable booties.
  • Separate vehicles, tools and equipment, with vehicles being regularly cleaned.
  • Customers need to leave the premises for the duration of the installation, in order to guarantee that no unnecessary contact is made. It could be a drive around the block, a couple of hours on the deck, etc. The installation can be monitored by clients via their online device or security systems while in progress.
  • Product will be unboxed off premises and wherever possible we will restrict the footprint of the installation process to the immediate area.
  • We ask that clients refrain from handling the window treatments for 72 hours out of an abundance of caution.
  • Further precautions will be made upon the advice of the authorities.
  • We appreciate the patience and understanding of our clients during this unprecedented time period.

Virtual Consultations

We are now offering Virtual Consultations to our clients from the Stevens Creek Shutter Company Design Studio. Virtual Consultations start with an online visit to your space via smart phone or tablet video messaging applications such as Facetime, Skype or Zoom.

How do these Consultations Work?

Step 1 – We schedule an appointment, and decide on which video platform would work best for you

Step 2 – We walk through your project window by window and answer some questions about what you are looking for in regards to functional window treatments for your project.

Step 3- We consult with you about ideas that you like for your windows. We help you to take some basic measurements required to proceed with quoting your project.

Step 4 – We create a design just for you. We likely schedule a second meeting at this step where we provide you with a quotation on your project, as well as some illustrations to help visualize the end results.

Step 5 – You are ready to roll with the project, we come out under the installation protocols listed above and take professional measurements. We can also leave samples of your choices at this time for final approvals.

Schedule your Virtual Consultation

Voice Control Blinds

Voice Control Blinds

How smart can a smart blind get? Smart enough to respond to your voice commands! (Better than our Voice Control BlindsGolden Doodle dog that only occasionally responds…) We can now harness the power of products like Amazon Alexa and Apple Home Kit with their Voice Control capabilities to work your window coverings. Imagine the convenience of using simple voice commands to operate your voice control blinds. There is definitely a ‘cool factor’ to this product, but also a very practical application for folks with a need for accessibility.

All you need is the following – a motorized blind, an integration hub, wifi and an automation device and you are ready to go. We have a wide variety of motorized window covering products and hubs to select depending on your window covering needs.

NeoSmart Controller

Voice Control Blinds

Smart Controller

We have numerous blind options which utilize this Canadian Company’s blind motors and control system. This system would be in our opening price point, adding less than $500 for the motorization and hub to the price of a blind. You only need one hub for multiple blinds so additional blind would be in the range of $250 for motorization. Available on Cellular Blinds, Roller Shades, Banded Shades, and Shangri-La style shades this is a versatile, reliable system.

 

Hunter Douglas Powerview

With the Hunter Douglas PowerView motorization option we can motorize a great deal of their product line

Motorization

PowerView App

including Silhouette, Duette, Provenance Woven Woods, Designer Roller Shades and more. And PowerView is integrated with a number of Home Automation hubs that utilize Voice Control. Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and more. Depending on the automation system we can even program PowerView to integrate with lighting and other controls, for example a home theatre system could have a voice controlled blackout blind system that lowers at the same time as the lights dim, it’s show time!

Somfy myLink

myLink SomfyAlways at the leading edge of motorization options Somfy’s myLink is a very effective way to gain voice control blind options. With deep compatibility with a number of automation systems myLink allows users to enjoy the benefits of Somfy motors for a variety of products. Roll shutters, drapery or awnings for example could be integrated in a voice control automation setting for total flexibility.

 

Complimentary consultations for Voice control Blinds

Stevens Creek Shutter Co

Allow us to find the right solution for your home or office. We bring samples, and explain the process thoroughly, no hassle, no pressure! Another way we make quality custom window treatments easy. Call us at 613-706-1250 or by email.

Voice Control Blinds Ottawa

Somfy Blinds Ottawa

Stevens Creek Shutter Company is a proud Somfy Blinds Ottawa Expert Dealer with a wide selection of Somfy Powered solutions for your window treatment projects. Why Somfy? They are the leading manufacturer of window covering motors, with hundreds of patents, and advanced capabilities in the automation of window treatments. As a result we can provide deeper integrations with automation systems, and a complete solution whether the project is a single shade, or a larger commercial project.

Somfy Powered Interior Blinds

Somfy Blinds Ottawa

From roller shades, horizontals, to soft shading systems and dual shades we have a variety of solutions powered by Somfy for your blinds. With manufactures like Maxxmar, Sol-R, Comfortex and more we can find the right product solution to meet your needs for privacy, light control and UV mitigation. We would be remiss if we didn’t try to relate just how quiet these products can be. The Sonesse series of motors is designed to provide total control of your home environment while remaining virtually silent. You can hear the fabric unrolling, but not the motor!

Somfy Powered Roll Shutters

Our Pentagon Roll Shutters lineup are powered with Somfy motors, and feature a variety of control options. For an extra element of security for example, access can be keypad controls. Protect your Home, Cottage or Business with the added convenience of motorization. Somfy Blinds Ottawa

Somfy Powered Awnings

Motorized awnings protect your investment by utilizing some additional protective features in the form of wind sensors, that will automatically retract your awning when dictated by weather conditions. No more worrying about whether you remembered to retract the awning before you left the house, the system will take care of it for you! Somfy is the pioneer in automating awning systems and the smooth operation and reliable motors will leave you secure.

Integrations

Somfy Blinds Ottawa

With myLink, Somfy takes convenience even further, allowing you total access to your treatments, from home or away! You download a simple to use app on your smartphone or tablet and you have the power to not only control your coverings, but also to set timers, group treatments, and more.  And imagine, now with products like Amazon Alexa we can set up your Somfy products to operate with voice commands.

Complimentary consultations for Somfy Blinds Ottawa

Stevens Creek Shutter Co

Allow us to find the right  for your home or office. We bring samples, and explain the process thoroughly, no hassle, no pressure! Another way we make quality custom window treatments easy. Call us at 613-706-1250 or by email.

Somfy Blinds Ottawa

 

Custom Window Treatments

Custom Window Treatments

Why should you invest in Custom Window Treatments? What is the difference between Custom Window Treatments and the ready made options available on-line or in the big box stores? As custom window treatment experts we would like to shed some light on the subject for you!

Choice

Custom Drapery 1st major difference is the literally hundreds and hundreds of fabric and blind options available as custom product vs the limited options available in ready mades. For a full range of options the obvious choice is custom treatments. We work hard to curate the choices that we present to our clients because these options are literally limitless. That doesn’t mean that all these potential options are right for you, and we like to narrow down the selection based on your feedback to avoid completely over whelming you with choice.

What do we mean by choice? How about 800 colours of cellular shades? Add on 800 more choices for roller shades. Or custom printed fabric options for both. Did you see a picture in a magazine, like Elle Decor, or Traditional Home? If the source is listed we can easily find this fabric for you.

Fit and Finish

Ready made treatments are quite limited as to the options for sizing, and when ‘cut to fit’ the compromises are obvious. You can easily tell, even from the street side, that your treatments are ready made. The biggest offender is ready made box store drapery panels. It’s a matter of detail and taste whether your drapery breaks just at the floor, puddles slightly or allows a subtle 1/2″ clearance. However if your baseboard is exposed because your panels are too short it just looks temporary. Make sure you invest in  window treatments that the value you have invested in your home.

Fullness

Ready made drapery is simply not as full as custom made. What does it matter? In this instance you can see the difference that quality makes. Ready made drapery looks skimpy and floppy. Custom drapery should look rich and tailored. Even custom blinds are easy to spot. Did you know that ready-mades have more cords for example to make up for the weaker materials used in their construction?

Hardware

Sure the telescoping drapery poles that you can pick up for a couple of bucks are handy, but the truth is unless your drapery is purely decorative they don’t work well at all. Brackets that you cannot traverse,  bumpy glides that hit the join and snag, you know exactly what we are talking about. With custom hardware the drapery can smoothly traverse a wide expanse, hand drawn, cord drawn or motorized. There are numerous material options and we can suggest options that are well under $100 depending on the application.

Quality Materials

Custom BlindsTake the typical faux wood blind as an example. There are a variety of materials that can be used to create the faux wood slats. From foam PVC, to vinyl, all the way up the quality continuum to composite materials. Unlike the ready made faux woods in the picture the Hunter Douglas Everwood is guaranteed not to yellow, fade or warp in the window.  Mechanisms for blinds are another quality point, you can’t rely for long on plastic moving parts.

Professional Advice

Since ready-mades are generally purchased online or in a big box outlet the experienced advice of a window treatment professional is absent. Often you can pick up several different treatments in your self guided attempt to get it right, adding expense and time to the equation with every purchase. An experienced window treatment professional will help you avoid costly mistakes from the start of the process, saving you time and money!

Warranty

One year vs Lifetime Warranty for Custom.

Ready made trying to pass as custom….

Beware! There are ready made ‘cut-down’ shades that attempt to pass themselves off as custom fit. These shades are simply ready made shades, cut to size. Again, they have few of the options, and generally lack the quality features of true custom made.

Value

Certainly the initial investment in a window treatment is less when you go with a ready made option. However you really need to consider when assessing the value the overall cost. If the treatments doesn’t function properly, doesn’t look right, and needs to be replaced you haven’t saved anything in the long run. Another consideration is that properly fitted Custom Window Treatments can add to the appeal and value of your home on the resale market. A great example would be Custom Shutters that are widely recognized by Realtors as an upgrade that increases your resale value in proportion to your investment.

Complimentary in home consultations

Stevens Creek Shutter Co

Allow us to find the right treatment for your home. We bring samples, and explain the process thoroughly, no hassle, no pressure! Another way we make quality custom window treatments easy. Call us at 613-706-1250 or by email.

Blackout Blinds

Blackout Blinds

Blackout BlindsFor many folks window treatments are all about light control. Having an effective way to control natural light levels in bedrooms especially for young ones is often the key to a good night’s sleep. If you work shifts, have light sensitivity issues, or consider light sources at night a health concern we have a variety of solutions for blackout blinds.

Defining Blackout

Widely understood in the industry as a misnomer, Blackout Blinds generally refers to blinds that are able to block outside light sources nearly completely. We can get awfully close to 100%, but there is some subjectivity built into this equation that needs to be acknowledged. We can eliminate light penetration at the window 100% with a stationary treatment, but that is impractical for most folks who want to be able to enjoy light and view when appropriate to their schedule. With an operable treatment even in intense sunlight we can get to around 99% blackout with only a little light refraction around the edges. With these systems the bigger issue with light control becomes light penetrating the room from the interior sources like clock radios, or around the interior door.

Most shades have an element of room darkening, but for true blackout performance there are some top performers!

Blackout Drapery

Regardless of the colour, pattern or texture of the drapery fabric, it’s the lining that is key to creating a cozy environment with blackout drapery. With a topped valance, rich fullness and a generous overlap drapery can be a very effective method of light control. And the days of blackout drapery linings creating a stiff and awkward drapery are over. At least they should be, when a quality lining is used! We have a variety of options for linings that can compliment the hand of face fabrics beautifully, creating a lasting design statement.

Blackout Roller Shades with Sidechannels

Blackout Roller Shades - Blackout Blinds

This system is fantastic for home theatre set ups, and corporate boardrooms where near room darkening is the goal. Blackout roller shade fabrics with sidechannels, and extensive weatherstripping on the channels and top headrail cassette system. With this system we can create a consistent feel for office environments, and provide a high level of room darkening. Available colours : White, Black, Anodized and Commercial Brown.

The Ultimate Blackout System

Blackout Blinds

Stevens Creek Shutter Co’s Blackout Cellular Shades with side channels combine energy efficient and insulating blackout cellular shades with a light blocking sidetrack, creating a amazingly dark room for a long, deep and restful night of sleep. Providing you are past the toddler stage!

Energy Saving Blackout Sidetracks

Made from durable exterior grade PVC, the energy saving blackout sidetracks seal off the gap between the blackout cellular shade and the window to create a light blocking barrier. This exclusive sidetrack system seals tight around the window frame, without the light gaps you have with blackout curtains or other shades. Tracks are available in three colours: white, tan or bronze and are removable for cleaning.

Light Absorbing Technology

The co-extruded blackout sidetracks are black lined to absorb incoming light. The inside of the sidetrack facing the room remains white for visual aesthetics.When properly installed, they block 99% of all visible light. In certain installations with intense sunlight, a very small amount of light may reflect around the edges of the honeycomb fabric along each side of the shade. This is a normal attribute of the system.

Retro fit

If you love the look of your current treatments but find that you don’t have quite enough control over the light entering the room we have a solution from our friends at Hunter Douglas. The Micro Pleat option that was originally designed as a backing for the Provenance line of Woven Wood shades is available as a stand alone option. At only 5/8 of an inch deep the Micropleat liner is our most compact blackout blinds option and can be used to provide a high level of room darkening to any treatment that has the room for this option to be installed!

Complimentary in home consultationS

Stevens Creek Shutter Co

Allow us to find the right treatment for your home. We bring samples, and explain the process thoroughly, no hassle, no pressure! Another way we make quality custom window treatments easy. Call us at 613-706-1250 or by email.

5 Treatments that Lower Your Heating Bill

Did you know that you can lower your heating bill with effective window treatments? Your windows can lose as much as 50% of the heat in your home! Even modern energy efficient windows are still a major source of heat loss in the winter. This heat loss is also a major source of discomfort, which is explained by the Mean Radiant Temperature effect. (Time for a little science, bear with us!)

Energy Efficient Blinds

Mean Radiant Temperature (MRT) effect is roughly the average temperature of all the objects or surfaces in a space. An MRT that is warmer than the skin temperature of a person will cause the person to feel warmer, and an MRT that is colder than the skin temperature of a person in the room will cause that person to feel colder. If a cold window is lowering the average room temperature it will feel colder than it really is. Raising the average increases home comfort. It is easy to see how an effective window treatment can not only save energy costs but will contribute greatly to your home comfort.

So let’s look at the top 5 options for putting a stop to your hard earned heating dollars literally flying out the window! In order here are 5 options to Lower Your Heating Bill;

#1 – Cellular Shades with Side Channels

Lower Your Heating Bill with Energy Efficient Blinds

Insulating cellular shades offer much more insulation than standard rollers or blinds. They do this by trapping air within the shades as well as between the shade and the window itself. The most efficient fabrics combine multiple cells with a metallized polyester layer that acts as a barrier to radiant heat. This layer of insulation is most effective when combined with side channel weatherstripping that increases the efficiency of this treatment by  2.5 to 3X. At a combined R-Value of over 7 this is your most effective option. We have hundreds of options of fabric for this system, with colours to suit any decor.

#2 – Insulated Cellular blinds

Some consumers prefer blinds that can be operated on the window, not strictly up or down like typical cellular or roller shades. Operable Cell Blinds offer the convenient operation of a blind with the soft fabric look and feel of a shade. Innovative fully functional vanes compress to offer a clear view and expand to 1″ cells to provide significant insulation for year round energy efficiency. On the left in the picture below you can see the shade in the closed position, like a standard cellular shade, but on the right the open position is illustrated. This is a very versatile option with a variety of hardware systems to choose from exclusively at Stevens Creek Shutter Co.

Energy Efficient Blinds | Cellular Shades

# 3 – Roman Shades

Roman Shade

Roman Shades are a classic choice for traditional home style and function. When combined with a substantial face fabric and insulated lining Roman Shades can be a great choice. For maximum insulation value the shades should be mounted tight to the window and allow as little air flow as possible. The are versions available that combine the look of fabric with side channels to block airflow. Best of all the versatility of roman shades add control over view, privacy, and glare.

# 4 – Insulated Drapery

Sometimes the best choices are the tried and true.

Our Victorian ancestors would combat un-insulated walls, leaky windows and dodgy heating systems with heavy lined drapery. Often installed ceiling to floor and wall to wall the warm velvets and heavy brocades of the era did more than add romance and elegance. They acted as insulation to keep out the winter cold! Even beds were surrounded by beautiful draperies to keep things cozy. Now we are not trying to suggest that heavy draperies are a practical solution for everyone, but done well with a header to trap air at the top and well fitted they are in fact an effective option.

# 5 – Automated Window Treatments

It might seem obvious, but in order for any of these treatments to work effectively they need to be closed completely in order to insulate. The highest level of efficiency is seen today in net zero commercial projects and what they all have in common is automated window coverings. By automating the treatments to close when needed, and open when there is sufficient sun for thermal heat gain you insure that the chosen treatments are getting 100% utilization. More affordable than ever, motorization with automated controls allows you to have total peace of mind that you are able to lower your heating bill as effectively as possible. Stevens Creek Shutter Co is a Somfy Motorization Expert and we have many options to choose from in all price ranges.

Let’s make it happen

For more information on energy efficient window treatments that lower your heating bill check out this great independent resource from our neighbours to the south, Efficient Window Coverings.org 

Contact us today for your complimentary in home consultation to find the right treatment for your home. We bring samples, and explain the process thoroughly, no hassle, no pressure! We make quality custom window treatments easy. Call us at 613-706-1250 or email info@stevenscreekshutterco.ca

 

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Hunter Douglas Smart Shadings Event

Hunter Douglas Smart Shadings Event Hunter Douglas Smart Shadings Event

As a valued Hunter Douglas Priority Dealer we are occasionally offered additional savings on our product purchases which we gladly pass on to our customers. For our best Ottawa Blinds Sales feature from September 1 – December 31, 2017 we are pleased to offer the following rebates from our friends at Hunter Douglas Canada. The Hunter Douglas Smart Shadings Event is on now!

Receive a $200 rebate for every five units, any combination, of Silhouette®, Pirouette® or Luminette® purchased. Add PowerView® Motorization to a qualifying purchase and receive a bonus PowerView® Hub. Visit a participating dealer today for complete details.

Offer valid from September 1 – December 31, 2017.

Silhouette

Silhouette® shadings feature soft adjustable fabric vanes that appear to be floating between two sheer fabric panels that beautifully diffuse harsh sunlight. Simply tilt the vanes to achieve your desired level of light and privacy.

Receive a $200 rebate for every five units, any combination, of Silhouette®, Pirouette® or Luminette® purchased. Add PowerView® Motorization to a qualifying purchase and receive a bonus PowerView® Hub.*

 

 

Luminette

For wide windows and sliding doors, our Luminette® Privacy Sheers come in an array of sheer and drapery-like fabrics for unlimited light-control and privacy options.

 

Receive a $200 rebate for every five units, any combination, of Silhouette®, Pirouette® or Luminette® purchased. Add PowerView® Motorization to a qualifying purchase and receive a bonus PowerView® Hub.*

 

Pirouette

Our innovative Pirouette® shadings feature soft horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing, allowing for enhanced views to the outside while maintaining privacy and the full beauty of the fabric appearance on the inside.

 

Receive a $200 rebate for every five units, any combination, of Silhouette®, Pirouette® or Luminette® purchased. Add PowerView® Motorization to a qualifying purchase and receive a bonus PowerView® Hub.*

 

Contact Steven’s Creek Shutter Company today for your free shop@home consultation and take advantage of these limited time offers. Call 613-706-1250

*Please note this promotion is available to consumers who have purchased the qualifying product only. Employees of Hunter Douglas, the Hunter Douglas dealer and it’s affiliates, franchisees, agents, associates, advertising and promotional agencies and members of the immediate families of these employees are not eligible. Hunter Douglas will bill back the dealer for any claims that are in violation of the rules. Consumers must submit a completed online form by January 30, 2018. No late submissions will be honoured. HDOrigins is excluded from the offer. Rebate will be issued in the form of a Hunter Douglas Prepaid American Express® Card. THE PROMOTION CARD is a trademark of The Hunt Group. All Rights Reserved. THE PROMOTION CARD is a Prepaid American Express® Card issued by Amex Bank of Canada. ® Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express.

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades are now available!

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades

Geometric patterns play with light in new ways.

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades are a new entry in this growing category of soft shadings. We knew it would only be a matter of time before Hunter Douglas came to market with some unique and fashionable solutions. And this product offering does not disappoint!

Designer Banded Shades combine sheer and solid fabric bands into a single shade. The design enables the shade to transition from open to closed seamlessly, providing a modern solution for view-through, light
control and privacy.
A single piece of fabric loops at the bottom bar to create a double layer of fabric in the window. When operated, the sheer and solid fabric bands transition effortlessly by each other.

Why Hunter Douglas Banded Shades?

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades feature an extensive collection of fabrics to fit any décor style. From solids to textures to stripes to small-scale designs, these shades offer a fabric to fit your style. Top it off with a sophisticated colour palette featuring fresh neutrals, greys and pops of colour that excite. With Hunter Douglas Banded Shades you open up a world of choice.

Band Height and View Through

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades

Three Sizes of Band Heights equals endless possibilities

OPERATING SYSTEM – Hunter Douglas has industry leading hardware options that are exclusive to Hunter Douglas. For the Hunter Douglas Banded Shades collection we can choose from several options.

CUSTOM CLUTCH – The Custom Clutch is the standard operating system for Designer Banded Shades. It provides superior functionality, shade-to-shade lift uniformity, precise operation and a minimal light gap that is even on both sides.

Hunter Douglas Banded Shades Ottawa

Discrete Fabric Wrapped Bottom Bar

SOFTTOUCH™ MOTORIZATION – Our new battery-powered motorized system enables intuitive wand-controlled shade operation. Gently pull down on the wand to close shades, and push up to move them to the fully raised position.• Favourite position functionality: a simple operation of the wand moves the shade to your favourite position in the window.• Superior child safety: absolutely no exposed cords.

ULTRAGLIDE® – The revolutionary retractable cord system with constant cord length enhances safety. Exclusive to Hunter Douglas.

BOTTOM BAR – The innovative bottom bar allows the shade to taper and narrow from top to bottom. By gently reducing the space between the front and back fabric, the shade maintains band alignment and uniformity. • Standard fabric-wrapped.• Optional unwrapped in 8 custom hardware colours.

Sophisticated Style and Innovative Design

Combine the superior functionality, stylish design, sophisticated fabrics and the Hunter Douglas proprietary operating systems for a product that fits any room and any style.

Book Your Consulation

Contact us today for your free shop@home consultation. Remember that here at Steven’s Creek Shutter Company we are Specialists in Custom Window Treatments. We focus on one business in order to bring you the knowledge and experience required to guarantee you full value for your project. We are happy to hear from you with any questions you may have.

Call today 613-706-1250 or email info@stevenscreekshutterco.ca

 

Window Treatment Specialists

What is the benefit of working with Window Treatment Specialists?

Window Treatment Specialists

Last week a couple of things happened that made me really think about this. What is the benefit of dealing with a specialist in a certain field? Why work with a Window Treatment Specialist?

A friend of mine operates a Security/Locksmithing business and over breakfast he described a new client interaction he had earlier in the week where the client need a lockset changed on a commercial door. When they went to do the work, they realized that the door was a fire door, with the appropriate fire rating, but the hardware was not. Did you know that a fire-rated door also requires fire-rated hardware to meet code? A specialist like my friend does, and as he tells it the customer was very frustrated to learn the hard way that his previous installation was inadequate and that he had to spend his hard-earned money all over again.

Funny to hear that story, because I also had a similar interaction. A suburban strip mall restaurant owner had called me in as a 3rd or 4th quote on a drapery job for the front of his restaurant. First thing that I noticed was that the treatment proposed by previous companies would have obscured a fire exit. Obviously rendering a fire exit inaccessible is not something that would go over well in a visit from the fire authorities! Nor would the fabric specified and requoted by all subsequent companies that was not fire rated. Commercial premises require Fire Rated fabrics, a distinction overlooked until I looked at the project. What did all the companies have in common? Window treatments are a sideline to their main business. With a paint company, a flooring company and a decorator quoting, the regulatory requirements of the project were totally overlooked. The customer was as pleased to learn that I had potentially saved him from some major fines, as he was angry that the others had potentially left him at risk.

So, the obvious benefit of dealing with a specialist is that we simply have more experience in our field, with the knowledge to avoid expensive pitfalls. What else could be an advantage?

  • Better knowledge of the product lines equals better advice on products that really meet your needs from the functional side of the equation.
  • More volume in a single product category equals better pricing.
  • Good advice means you get the right product the first time, without having to pay for the learning curve of your supplier.
  • The best trades sales people have field experience and have actually seen the installed finished product on a regular basis. They can install it and troubleshoot if there are any issues.
  • We have a passion for the business. And therefore we are enthusiastic to help you find the right solution.
  • We have a focus that allows us to learn more about the technical aspects of the trade, and therefore we give you better advice.

I’m a do it myself kind of guy in many ways, having grown up in a predominately farming community it is a big part of how I was raised. However, I’ve learned time and time again to trust the experts. It saves me time, money, and gives me great peace of mind.

Do you have a similar story that comes to mind? Please share in the comments below!

Window Treatment Specialists

Contact us today for your free shop@home consultation. Remember that here at Steven’s Creek Shutter Company we are Specialists in Custom Window Treatments. We focus on one business in order to bring you the knowledge and experience required to guarantee you full value for your project. We are happy to hear from you with any questions you may have.

Call today 613-706-1250 or email info@stevenscreekshutterco.ca

 

Roller Blinds Ottawa

Roller Blinds Ottawa

Roller blinds are one of the most popular treatments that we carry, and today they are more versatile than ever. For Roller Blinds Ottawa there are many benefits to consider.

Roller Blinds Ottawa

Some of the benefits of roller shades include;

  • Cost Effective: rollers shades can be one of the most cost effective treatments available.
  • Low Profile: compact and simple to operate with cassette options that blend with any style of decor. Once retracted it is often hard to even tell there is a shade in the window, and when planned in advance of construction roller shades can be easily hid in pockets above the window opening.
  • Operating Systems: easy to use with a large variety of operating options available from chain control, cordless to motorized. With carefully selected fabrics and hardware options very large expanses of window can be covered effectively.
  • Light Control: Screen Weave, Sheer Weave and other light filtering options are perfectly designed for ‘daylighting’. Allowing for heat and glare control, while still enjoying natural light and a filtered view.
  • Options: There are literally 1000’s of fabric choices to match any decor. And if the match somehow can’t be found we can laminate fabrics unto roller shades, or even custom print patterns and designs.
  • Versatility: While most commonly found indoors we can provide roller systems for exterior applications.

Screen Weave Roller Shades

The rising cost of energy makes energy saving roller screens an obvious choice. Even on windows where you have no desire for privacy you can lower your air conditioning bills significantly without losing your view by installing Screen Weave solar shades. We offer 100’s of options, and have in depth knowledge on the appropriate choices to get the results you desire for your project.

Laminated Roller Shades

If you have a fabric or wallpaper that you just can’t get enough of we can laminate your material to a roller shade backing, making your favourite pattern a functional element in your room decor.

Printed Roller Shades

Primarily our commercial clients have been our best customers for this option. We can print logos and other graphics directly to plain or screen weave roller shades that highlight your business messaging. We’ve successfully installed many of these systems for national retailers that have a requirement for glare and heat control, but still want to make the best use possible of their customer facing window areas. And if you want to really get creative at home, we can print any image on your shades you would like. Are you an art fan? How about your favourite painting? As long as you hold the rights, or have common license we can print any image unto shades.

Cordless Roller Shades

Created with child safety in mind cordless control options have come a long was from the roller shades of the past. Do you remember the yank, yank, and then zoom release to spin madly at the top of the window? Those days are long gone, with the internal control mechanism in today’s cordless roller shade making smooth and precise of your shades possible.

Motorized Roller Shades

Somfy Expert

We are Somfy Certified Motorization Experts, with training and experience in specifying and installing motorized roller shade systems. They can be as simple as the Maxxmar Solo A1 system that employs a switched wand with a rechargeable internal battery. This system is available starting at only $99 per shade (plus the cost of selected fabric). We can integrate your motorized shades into a home automation system as well, with nearly limitless options to suit your project.

Roller Shade Blackout Systems

When you need 100% room darkening a blackout roller shade with side channels and cassette can be installed to make your room as dark as you need it. WIth weatherstripping closing the gaps it’s a great solution for boardrooms, home theatre rooms and other areas where total light control is essential.

Dual Roller Shades

Roller Blinds OttawaWant it all? Privacy, light control, and transparency? You can have it all with dual shades, which combine two shades under one cassette. Combine whatever fabrics you want for total control.

Manufacturers

We are proud to feature leading Canadian and International Manufacturers of Roller Blinds Ottawa.

Coulisse; a collection of beautiful fashion forward textiles from France.

Altex; a Canadian Manufacturer that specializes in Residential Roller Shades.

Maxxmar; Another Canadian company and a real innovative force in the industry, with dozens of patents and award winning products.

Sunproject; The Commercial Roller Shade company affiliated with Altex.

Hunter Douglas; With extensive collections of both Screen Roller Shades, as well as Designer Fabric collections Hunter Douglas is the market leader for residential roller shades. Exclusive hardware systems like the Ultraglide control system, and deep co-ordination with products like panel tracks

Roller Blinds Ottawa

Contact us today for your free shop@home consultation. Remember that here at Steven’s Creek Shutter Company we are Specialists in Custom Window Treatments. We focus on one business in order to bring you the knowledge and experience required to guarantee you full value for your project. We are happy to hear from you with any questions you may have.

Call today 613-706-1250 or email info@stevenscreekshutterco.ca