Motorized Blinds and Shades

Stoneside Motorized Blinds & Shades

Blinds and shades are ingenious inventions, giving you an attractive way to control the light and privacy levels in any room of your home. What could make this ideal combination of form and function even better? Cutting-edge automation systems that offer the ultimate in convenience. Motorized blinds and shades are controlled remotely and seamlessly, eliminating the hassle of opening and closing them manually multiple times throughout the day. Automated shades and blinds also cut down on wear and tear from frequent handling, prolonging the life and beauty of your window treatments.

Stoneside is a leading provider of innovative motorized systems for window coverings. As the trend for automation has grown, new battery technology has evolved exponentially. The result: dramatic cost reductions and more options for consumers. There’s never been a better time to consider adding automated blinds or shades to your home or office.

The Benefits of Motorization

A motorization system is a fantastic investment. Because you’re not physically handling your blinds or shades as frequently, they’ll have greater longevity. Plus, automated operation means you’ll actually be using your window treatments—the U.S. Department of Energy reports that 75% of window coverings in a home remain in a fixed position, which reduces their effectiveness. Easy-to-use motorization ensures you get the full benefit of increased climate control from cellular shades, or UV protection from solar shades. Finally, motorized systems eliminate cords that can pose potential safety hazards to children and pets.

Stoneside Motorized Window Treatments Guide
Power Options

Which motorization system is right for you depends on several variables. One of the most important is the power source. Stoneside offers the following choices:

  • Battery
    • Options include rechargeable, solar, or replaceable batteries.
    • Batteries can be lower in cost than other power systems.
    • Rechargeable batteries only need to charge every 9 to 12 months on average.
  • Transformer
    • This low-voltage motor is plugged in for power.
    • Transformers are easy to maintain. Note that the initial cost may be higher than a battery-powered system.
  • Hard Wired
    • No batteries needed. This system is low maintenance.
    • Works well with large window coverings.
    • Comes in low-voltage and 120v versions; the latter is still occasionally seen in commercial projects. However, 120v is becoming much less popular because of enhancements in battery technology. With the ease of use, smaller expense, and variety of battery options, Stoneside does not offer 120v hard wiring.
Control Options

In addition to the power source, you’ll need to decide how you want to operate the motorized blinds or shades. Stoneside’s control systems are all designed to provide the ultimate in convenience:

  • Wall switch
    • Easy to use and can’t be misplaced.
  • Handheld remote
    • Multichannel capability allows you to operate several groups of window treatments.
  • Free smartphone apps for Apple and Android
    • Programming interface lets you set schedules for raising and lowering window coverings.
    • You can operate the system when you’re not at home.
  • Auto Wand
    • The wand, attached to the shade, gives you push-button functionality.
    • Rechargeable with a USB cord, it’s the most affordable motorization option.
  • Home automation system
    • Integrates with major smart home systems.
    • You can control your window coverings from the same hub where you operate other smart home functions such as security and lighting.
Product Availability

Finally, the type of window covering you select will play a significant role in determining the motorization system you use. Here are the optimal selections for our automated window treatments:

  • Roller and solar shades
    • Power: Battery, rechargeable battery, transformer, hard wired
    • Control: Wall switch, handheld remote, phone app, auto wand, home automation systems
  • Roman shades
    • Power: Rechargeable battery
    • Control: Handheld remote
  • Cellular shades
    • Power: Battery, rechargeable battery, transformer, hard wired (Bottom Up shades); battery or transformer (Top Down/Bottom Up)
    • Control: Wall switch, handheld remote, phone app, auto wand, and home automation systems (Bottom Up); wall switch, handheld remote, and phone apps (Top Down/Bottom Up)
  • Transitional shades
    • Power: Battery, rechargeable battery, transformer, hard wired
    • Control: Wall switch, handheld remote, phone apps, auto wand, and home automation systems
  • Wood/faux wood blinds
    • Power: Battery, rechargeable battery, transformer, hard wired
    • Control: Wall switch, handheld remote, phone apps, and home automation systems
Find the Best Solutions for Motorized Blinds and Shades at Stoneside

It’s simple to find the right motorization system for your custom window coverings with Stoneside’s expert team. Our professionals are extremely knowledgeable about the various features of different automated products and can offer advice and guidance on which ones will work best for your home.

Start by contacting the Stoneside office near you and schedule a free design consultation. Our designer will talk with you about your specific needs and various motorization features. Once the window treatments and automation options have been selected, we take care of measurements and order fulfillment.

All materials are manufactured and precision cut to specification in the United States. We assemble all window coverings, testing and inspecting them before our in-house technician installs them. This is white-glove service from start to finish, and our nonstop oversight of the project details reinforces our commitment to quality and accuracy.

If the right window treatment can change your home, the right motorization system can change your life—your house will truly be a smart home. Contact us to learn more about automated blinds and shades.

FAQs

Are motorized blinds and shades a good investment?

Yes! By prolonging the life of your window treatments, boosting energy efficiency, and providing superb convenience, automation systems definitely pay off.

How do motorized blinds and shades work?

Instead of manually operating your window treatments, the motorized system does the work for you. Blinds can be raised and lowered by several means, such as wall switches, remotes, and smartphones and home devices. If you select automated blinds, the blinds themselves won’t move up or down, but the louvers will tilt to control light and privacy. Different ways to power motorized systems include battery operation or electrical hard wiring.

How long are the motors expected to last?

These motors are warrantied for 5 years, but can last up to 10 years or more. This varies depending on the type of power source. All of Stoneside’s motorized systems are built for maximum durability.

How much do motorized blinds/shades cost?

Motorization is an upgrade to standard shades, so the cost would be the price of your custom shade plus the motor cost. The motors themselves start at about $200 and can go up to $500 to $600 depending on type and size of motor required. Some very large motors can cost over $1000.

What kind of batteries do the motors take?

They can use rechargeable batteries, solar-powered batteries, or replaceable AA lithium or alkaline batteries, depending on the type of system.

Do I need to replace the whole shade/blinds if a motor breaks?

In most cases the motor can be replaced when the product is a Stoneside blind or shade.

Can I add motorization in later?

No. This functionality must be selected when ordering your window treatment for proper assembly and installation.

What home automation systems can be paired with my blinds or shades?

Our motorized systems are compatible with: Amazon Echo, Apple iOS, Android, Control4, Crestron®, Google Home, Lutron®, Savant, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Zigbee, and Z-Wave®.

Are motorized shades/blinds worth it?

You will agree that motorization can't be beat for convenience when you see how easy it is to operate your new window treatments!