Frequently Asked Questions About Window Treatments

Your Stoneside Design Consultant will be able to answer any question you might have. These are a few frequently asked questions to help you get started!

What is the difference between a roller shade and a solar shade?

Roller shades and solar shades are window shades made up of a flat piece of material that can be rolled up when you want to gaze out of your window. They come in an array of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Roller shades are a popular choice because they complement a wide range of interior designs. Decorative hems, designer patterns, wooden valances, and braided cords are just a few of the many options you can choose from to accentuate your unique interior design. The difference between roller and solar shades is that solar shades are made from special materials that both provide light filtering and protection from sun damage in your home.

Will a solar shade give me full privacy?

Because solar shades are made of a light filtering woven material, they will not provide full privacy the way other products would. The amount of light that enters the room will vary depending on your selection, but none of them will completely block the room from view.

What are the most popular shades?

Roller shades are our most popular product. This is because they not only come in a variety of colors and patterns but have many customization options such as decorative hems and wooden valances. They can be modern or ornate while providing a low-profile finish which makes them accessible to any design aesthetic.

What is the best product for resale?

We recommend roller shades, solar shades, or cellular shades for easy resale. With their durability and popularity, they make for a pleasing design element for almost any buyer. Add the functionality of motorization and these products become even more attractive.

Which shades are the best for insulating?

Cellular shades, roman shades, and custom drapery are the best products for insulation. Cellular shades are comprised of two layers of fabric set in a honeycomb formation which acts as a moderator between the outside and inside temperatures. Roman shades and custom drapery can be made of luxurious fabrics that do an excellent job of keeping the cold air out of rooms during the winter and hot air at bay in the summer.

Why do you need to install safety tie-downs to my chain operated shades?

Since 1990, over 16,000 children under age six were treated in US emergency rooms for injuries from window treatments. In addition to these injuries, there have been over 300 deaths associated with becoming entangled in window treatment cords. To address these risks, every Stoneside window treatment conforms strictly to today's safety standards, including permanent tie-down devices and built-in cord stops. In addition, we offer many cordless or motorized options which allow you to further reduce risks to children or pets.

Are blackout shades actually black?

“Blackout” refers to the amount of light that is filtered from your room. Blackout shades provide the most effective light filtering and are ideal for places where you want the most privacy or darkness such as in bedrooms. While they can also be a dark color, blackout shades can come in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles.