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Old 2019-08-15, 01:53 AM
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Default Solar Shades - 1%, 3%, 5% or combo?

Hi all,

I'm thinking about purchasing solar shades for my home. Do any of you have a recommended installer/provider? The HN sales coordinator provided me with a business card for their supplier but I am looking/hoping to shop around for the best price.

Also, I am thinking about doing the main floor in 3% and then the bedrooms/bathrooms in 1% for added privacy and increased sun blockage throughout the day to aid in afternoon naps/sleeping in.

What are your thoughts and experiences? Thanks in advance!
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Old 2019-08-15, 11:56 AM
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If you can hold off, the Home Show is last weekend of September. There will probably be a couple of vendors there and some deals to be had.
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Old 2019-08-15, 09:22 PM
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We had one really hot room with a lot of solar gain. We looked at various solutions and went with these guys:

https://www.krumperssolarsolutions.ca/

Not cheap but they were good to deal with and the solution is effective.
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Old 2019-08-18, 01:19 PM
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You might want to also consider a DIY window film. I installed it on every window in our house. It gives us the heat and UV blockage but also allowed us the freedom to pick whatever blinds and/or curtains we wanted.

I use the Gila brand from Home Depot. I have used the 3-in-1 (sold in-store) and the Light (sold online).
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Old 2019-08-19, 01:33 PM
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I think the film works ok if you are blocking some sun, but it didn't work well in our situation. I put film on the windows and while it make it less bright, it didn't seem to change the amount of heat coming in. A professional application might have been better, but in the end the shades worked best. You can see through them and you can flip them in the winter. We don't as even in the winter, the heat is too much from that window.
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Old 2019-08-19, 01:44 PM
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We had film solution for our old house. Didn't like the blue tint that comes into your house. Also, the reflection works so that during the day, people can't see in, but at night, you can't see out so that was annoying.

We opted for dual shades with a new home. We got an amazing price from Kirk at 4M Interiors and he seems to be highly talked about in my neighbourhood as well as many of my other friends. I'd give him a call for a quote.
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Old 2019-09-09, 05:46 PM
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Hello there, thank you for your responses. Life has been incredibly hectic, Iíll see if I can hold out until the end of September for the home show, however, in the meantime.. I was hoping that someone would have Kirk from 4Mís contact info? Should I just fill out the online contact form? Is there a referral bonus/discount at all?

Iím getting a quote of approximately $6000 for roller blinds from a company called Cover Ups! Just hoping that there are some better prices to be had out there.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 2019-09-09, 11:57 PM
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Hello there, thank you for your responses. Life has been incredibly hectic, Iíll see if I can hold out until the end of September for the home show, however, in the meantime.. I was hoping that someone would have Kirk from 4Mís contact info? Should I just fill out the online contact form? Is there a referral bonus/discount at all?

Iím getting a quote of approximately $6000 for roller blinds from a company called Cover Ups! Just hoping that there are some better prices to be had out there.

Thanks in advance!
Yeah his number is (613) 218-6686. Not sure if there's a referral discount.
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Old 2019-09-10, 09:54 AM
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I did every window in a HN Arlington model for $3800. Ballad series fabric from Bali Blinds (one of their more expensive fabrics). Purchased in the annual Costco sale (every Feb roughly 20% off solar blinds). Quality was as good as HN models (both fabric and hardware), I think the hem is even nicer (a fabric covered metal bar). Less than half of the price of most estimates I got (including HN's provider). Quality was much better than most samples I saw from those estimators too. Just have to be willing to measure & install the brackets yourself.

4% openness allows you to see out during the day, no one can see in. It blocks out the heat very well and eliminates glare completely. At night time you can't see out, but rough silhouettes can be seen in.

I put up black out curtains in addition to the solar blinds for the bedrooms.

FYI I had a pro install solar film in a front bedroom above the den (~$500 for the 4 windows). It faces west and is furthest away from the furnace - it was still a couple of degrees above the rest of the house, but the solar film brought it closer in temp. The master bedroom also facing west, above the garage had no such issue.
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Old 2019-09-10, 07:41 PM
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Thank you for that info! I am not the best at hanging and installing things myself LOL, Im sure I could save quite the pretty penny if I felt comfortable doing it myself.

Can I ask, what did you use for the front door of your HN Arlington? I am thinking about installing some sort of film professionally... does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations? And what would that run roughly?

Thanks!
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