One of the most exciting advancements in window treatments is motorization, however, many may be on the fence on whether or not these automated solutions are a good investment for their home or commercial space.
If you are one of those people, we have outlined and debunked a few common misconceptions of motorized window coverings below that may help you see the true beauty and function these innovative solutions can bring to your space.
They Are Just A Frivolous Luxury
In the past, motorized window treatments were only something you’d see in a luxury commercial space or in the homes of the rich and famous. This gave people the idea that these solutions were mainly for show. However, as technology advances, smart devices are highly sought after, and therefore have become more available to anyone, no matter their budget or status.
Besides being a “luxurious” and convenient addition to your space, they also carry benefits. For example, according to energy.gov, properly installed motorized window treatments can result in up to 20% less energy loss through your windows.
Automated solutions also provide you with control of your privacy, lighting, and glare with a simple touch of a button or voice control, even when you are away.
Motorized Window Treatments are Only Available in Limited Styles
Surprisingly, many believe that roller shades are the only options available for motorization, and that may not be their desired style.
At New York Window Fashion, we have a variety of styles, fabric choices, and designs to choose from. You can add motorization to roman shades, cellular blinds, skylights, draperies, and even plantation shutters!
In addition to this, we can also add accents to create a clean and seamless finish such as custom fascia and cornices.
Motorized Window Treatments are too Loud
This is an understandable concern, especially if you are looking to control multiple motorized solutions at once. Who wants their space to be drowned out with loud cranking motors?
Our top manufacturers which include Somfy, Lutron, and Rollease Acmeda, for example, offer solutions that are as quiet as a whisper.
These “whisper quiet” motors are especially amazing when you want to schedule your window coverings to raise in the morning to wake you gently with the slow influx of natural light.
Motorized Window Treatments are Bulky
If you are looking for a slim and sleek design, we’ve got you covered. From our wireless roller shade motors to our slim and discreet motorized drapery tracks. You can rest assured that your window treatments will not take up unnecessary space, or take away from your existing décor.
Automated Window Treatments are Difficult to Maintain
Automated window treatments can actually be easier to maintain than manually operated solutions. For example, since manual manipulation is obsolete, you experience fewer stains and wear and tear.
In the past, with battery-operated systems, the downside used to be how often the batteries needed to be replaced. But now, depending on the amount of use, the original set of batteries can keep your devices running for anywhere from 3 to 5 years before needing to be replaced.
In addition to traditional batteries, you have the option of rechargeable motors as well. Therefore, instead of replacing the batteries, a power cord can be connected to the motor within the unit to keep a consistent charge. This is an exciting new option that takes away the hassle and cost of replacing old batteries.
If you are looking to install hardwired motorized solutions, you can expect little to no maintenance* other than a simple spot cleaning of your window treatment fabric when needed.
*Disclaimer: Like most smart and automated products, if you come across any programming issue or manufacturing technical difficulties, maintenance may be required. But most are simple fixes that can be resolved via troubleshooting, manufacturer warranties, or help from a professional (such as your original installer.)
Although many may be unsure about installing motorized window treatments, some their reasons or “cons” are just simple misconceptions. In conclusion, automated window covering solutions are a great investment for any commercial or residential space.
To learn more or schedule your complimentary consultation, contact New York Window Fashion today.