Window treatments are not only a stylish addition to any home, but they can help you save money by improving the energy efficiency of your windows and/or doors. Depending on where you live, your needs may vary from better insulation to reducing glare. However, no matter where you live, your sliding glass door needs window treatment too. Here are some of our favorite window treatments for sliding glass doors. 

Vertical Cellular Shades 

This type of window treatment is excellent for energy efficiency. These shades work well for both very hot and/or very cold climates. Don’t worry about these shades disrupting your home’s aesthetic, either, as they stack tightly when fully open and won’t block your view or take up much space. There are different styles and colors of fabric you can choose from depending on your goals. 

Vertical Privacy Sheers 

This window treatment option for sliding glass doors combines the functionality of vertical blinds with the classic style of draperies. You’ve likely encountered vertical privacy sheers at least once in your life, given their popularity. And for good reason—privacy sheers provide the privacy and light control expected from a window treatment while still providing the option for an unobstructed view. Most privacy sheers can be fully opened, like vertical cellular shades (mentioned above), and stack tightly on either side of your door. One aspect of privacy sheers to consider is that they do not do much to improve insulation or energy efficiency, so keep this in mind when choosing a window treatment. 

Window Tinting 

An alternative to shades or vertical sheers, window tinting accomplishes many goals set by homeowners in one fell swoop. Window film is energy efficient, provides privacy, reduces glare from the sun, and can help prevent fading on artwork, carpet, and other furniture. There is no need to install additional hardware with this option like you would with other window treatments. And what’s more, window film will never affect your view or change the way you clean your windows. 

Drapery 

Enter arguably the most classic window treatment option: curtains. Drapery comes in all shapes and sizes, ensuring you’ll find a style to fit your home’s aesthetic. Simply installing a drapery rod above your sliding glass door hardware is the only alteration you’ll need to make. Curtains are a great solution for homeowners looking for privacy, light control, and insulation. They are a little bulkier than some of the other window treatment options we’ve discussed already, so that is something to consider as you navigate your decision.  

Keep All Your Windows Looking Good 

Regardless of which window treatment you choose the local pros at Window Genie can help keep them all looking good, both inside and out. We can also tint your sliding glass doors to help reduce glare and minimize heat transfer, which can keep your home cooler during the summer. And we do more than windows. To learn about the other services we offer, call 877-243-8624 or request an estimate online today. 
Do you want to be the house on the block this holiday season? You know—that one that all the kids want their parents to drive by again and again? Creating a dazzling holiday light display may not be an easy task, but the payoff is worth it. When it comes to holiday light ideas, one quick internet search can provide you with a million creative suggestions. However, there’s not a lot out there to guide you on exactly how you should do it. Well, not anymore. Read on to learn how to create your own dazzling holiday light display. 

You’ll Need Sufficient Power for Your Holiday Light® Display Ideas 

Powering your holiday light display requires more electricity than your system usually uses throughout the rest of the year. Any weaknesses in the system, frayed wiring, or surges could create a dangerous problem. When in doubt, always consult with licensed experts. 

Advance Planning Is Key 

Although it may be tempting to just pick out any flashy lights that grab your eye at the store, that’s not the best way to go about it. Planning your light display is essential. A good plan can be the difference between pulling it all off or pulling your hair out in the process.   Here’s are some things you should do before you spend big on all those pretty lights:   Decide which areas of your home you’d like to decorate (windows, walkways, gutters, etc.), all of it, and how.  Thoroughly measure the areas of your house where the lights will be hanging.  Make a detailed list of what you need to make your vision a reality (different colors, effects, shapes, etc.).  Make sure the areas you’re decorating is accessible to outdoor outlets.  Don’t forget the accessories, like clips, ties extension cords, etc. 

Buy More Holiday Lights Than You Think You Need 

Even though you’ve measured the areas you’re decorating you may find that slopes, corners, and walkways look sparser than you originally imagined. For this reason, and because it’s also good to have replacement strands on hand, err on the side of caution and purchase more light than you need. Once you start hanging your lights, it’s better to have more than not enough if and when you need them. 

Maintenance Required 

Once your lights are all placed, go ahead and let out that sigh of relief. Getting everything hung is half the battle. However, your display will require a little maintenance. Bulbs may burn out, wind may knock strands out of place, a circuit may blow—you never know what may happen. To keep your lighting display dazzling, clear out any snow that may accumulate in certain areas and add extra clips or fastens if you expect a storm. And of course, prevention is the best way to avoid problems. So before hanging any light strands, plug them in first inside to check for any dim or burnt-out bulbs. It’s also smart to have a stock of extra bulbs on hand, so you can replace them when necessary. A little ongoing effort keeps your display looking festive and amazing all season long. 

Safety Steps 

When designing and installing your holiday lights display, always put safety first.  Ladders - A ladder will help you reach the higher areas of your home or place lights in the tree. But make sure the ladder is sturdy, stable, and in good working order before you begin hanging any lights. Have a friend, neighbor, or family member secure the base for you. Don’t use the ladder in bad weather. Be careful not to avoid electric lines that may be hanging above your yard or close to your house.  Climbing on the roof - Wait for clear weather before hanging any rooftop lights. Never go on your roof when it’s raining or snowing, or if there’s snow, rain, or ice already on your roof.  Kids – Children might want to get involved. Helping decorate the house for the holidays can be exciting and fun for kids, but be sure to give them safe jobs to do. Untangling strands of lights or choosing which colors go where is a great way to get kids involved. Never let kids climb a ladder or play with strands of light that are plugged in.  Overloaded circuits – Most home electrical systems should be able to handle the extra load of holiday lights. However, it’s not uncommon for some circuits to be overloaded when they’re given more responsibility than usual. If you trip a circuit and aren’t sure how to safely rectify the problem, consult with a professional electrician. 

Get Professional Holiday Light Display Assistance 

A holiday light display is a great way to get involved in seasonal activities and show your holiday spirit. But with everything else that goes on during the holidays pulling it all together in time can be a bit overwhelming. If you want a dazzling holiday display but just don’t have the time to invest, we can help. Our professionals are experts when it comes to setting up light displays that are the envy of the neighborhood. Take the pressure off of doing it all this holiday season and let us help you have the holiday display you always wanted. Whether it’s just a few lights or an entire holiday display, we can make it happen. We’ll even help with takedown and storage so you can sit back and really enjoy the holidays. Give us a call at 888.311.8882 or visit us online at Your Holiday Lights. 
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Keep Your House Clean Year Round with These 10 Steps

Spring cleaning season is like New Year’s 2.0. When the warm weather hits, we make cleaning resolutions, vowing to do better with cleaning and organizing, but it gets exhausting fast! As far as cleaning routines and tedious chores go, we all make excuses. We say we’re too busy, we’ll do it tomorrow, someone else will pick it up… But how do we break this messy house cycle? Window Genie is here to offer a couple of small changes you can make in your daily routine that’ll make a huge difference in keeping your house clean and tidy. No big spring cleaning haul here, a little goes a long way in this list of new habits that will keep your house clean year-round.

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