Pros and Cons of Combi Shades (aka Zebra Shade or Banded Shades)

The versatile combi shades (aka zebra shades or banded shades) have exploded in popularity. This post examines why they are so popular, what are the functional and design benefits, and the ideal window applications for this category of product.

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When Trendy Blinds first established in 2012, Combi shades (or zebra shades or banded shades) were virtually unknown in the Canadian market.  Initially invented in South Korea, Combi shades popularity spread throughout Asia and then Europe before arriving in North America.

At that time, we spent a lot of our sales process in demonstrating the Combi shades and explaining how it will look and work on our customers’ windows.

Nowadays we get more people coming in knowing that they want these shades and wanting to quickly talk about price.  However, we feel that even today many customers are still not well informed or mis-informed about these shades, resulting in window decor results that does not match their initial expectations.  With the exploding popularity of this category of window shades, there are now wide range of product choices in terms of quality, pricing, styling and functional and technical details in the market.  Knowing the details and understanding the difference between Trendy Blinds Combi shades and other similar products from other manufacturers, will help you as a homeowner make the right choices for your windows.

 

Key Benefits of Combi Shades (Zebra Shades or Banded Shades):

1) Relatively Flat surface like a roller shade but with 3 main settings — Open, Closed, and Up — versus 2 main settings for roller shades (Up and Down);

2) Lots of fabric finish options for both light filtering and room darkening fabrics.  Can easily coordinate with other room furnishings and finishes including drapery and upholstery.

3) Lightweight so easy to lift large shades.  Easier to lift means that the shades will be used more frequently thus maximizing the benefits of having this shade;

4) Full day-time privacy in Open setting due to sheer layer — you can see out while people outside cannot see in.  (In comparison: open shutter louvers or horizontal blinds slats does not provide privacy.  They must be closed for privacy).

5) Fabrics are anti-static so does not collect dust — no cleaning required!

 

Limitations to Combi Shades (Zebra Shades or Banded Shades):

1) More then half the view is blocked in Open setting.  For more outside views, one needs to roll up the shade;

2) Limited ability to self-clean if get stained (this is true for all soft window shades.)  Thus need to get professional cleaning service.

3) Room darkening fabrics are not fully blackout.

 

What’s the difference between Trendy Blinds Combi Shades vs. other Zebra Shades?

Trendy Blinds work in partnership with the South Korea manufacturer who invented the Combi Shades and owned the original patent.  We continue to source only the highest quality fabrics and components from South Korea.

 

Fabrics:

– Environmentally friendly – no VOC – safe for kid rooms.

– Banding sizes are very consistent (within + or – 1/16th of an inch).  We can specify SIDE-BY-SIDE – so multiple shades on wall-to-wall windows will have bands that line up.

– fabrics are highly uniform in colour and texture.  Lower quality fabrics from China and elsewhere have blotches and uneven threading patterns.

 

Components:

– Headrail, bottom bar, end caps, cords and safety handles are available in a wide range of colours to coordinate with shade fabric.

– All metal parts except for screws and brackets are made of aluminium – lightweight and will not rust.

– Square, Curved and even Round (for our deluxe line) headrail shapes are available.

– Option for no fabric for headrail valance for a more modern look.

– We use channel tubes, which are stronger so no bowing in the middle of the shades.  Bowing causes excess waviness of the shade.

 

Assembly:

Fabrics are mechanically attached to the tube through a slot channel in the tube.  The cheaper method is just adhesive tape to stick fabric to tube surface.  What this means for the product is:

a) Fabric shade will unlikely disconnect from the hardware and fall down.

b) Allows us to do “Close when down” setting.  “Closed when down” means that when the shade is rolled down to the bottom of the window, the Combi shade is in a closed position.  This is particularly important for Room Darkening applications.

c) We always provide more fabric for the height so that the tube will not be exposed and visible to users.

 

To learn more visit our showrooms or contact us today 905-604-1222.  www.trendyblinds.com

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Don’t invite strangers to your home – visit the showroom first!

Get to know Trendy Blinds & Closet by visiting one of our 2 showrooms in the GTA!

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With over 1000 home invasions in the Greater Toronto Area annually, why take the risk to invite some unknown home improvement vendor to your home for a “FREE” consultation.  Unfortunately, some of these FREE home consultation vendors are not legitimate and are just scouting your home in advance for items to steal.  Or at best, they are in the business for the short-term, quick cash.  No sustainable business can give FREE home consultation to everyone that asks without first qualifying the prospects.

We at Trendy Blinds & Closets understand that any home improvement project involves some amount of financial preparation, and the selections you make and the vendor you choose will impact the project results that you will have to live with for a long time.  Therefore we invested in 2 showrooms for you to see, touch and operate the products, talk to experts, and get comfortable with us as a legitimate vendor to meet your needs before we come to your home.

As a incentive to visit our showroom, from now till the end of the year, when you come in to one of our showrooms, fill up the contact form, and mention this blog posting, you will get a $50 Gift Card.  So visit us today!  Locations and hours can be found on our website here: http://www.trendyblinds.com/contact.php.

905-604-1222, info@trendyblinds.com

Yes, despite high-end appearances, we got Cheap (aka low low) prices.

Don’t be “mugged” by shady dealers in hidden, back-alley places offering you suspicious deals on so-called “quality” products

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We find that a segment of shoppers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has a strange (inaccurate) thinking that best deals can only be found in hidden places, like a back alley, dingy workshop or basement, or from some guy driving around the neighbourhood in a beater vehicle demanding Cash only with no receipt for the “best deal in town”.  Growing up, my impression of back alleys are areas where people might get mugged.  For me, successful businesses should have presentable showrooms in good locations, a clear repeatable sales process that quickly identify real customers, standardize pricing and discount policy that all employees follow that allows them to be competitive with the competition, and a strong reputation for service.  For Trendy Blinds, 1000’s of customers have done their homework and checked out the competition and chose us because we provided the best value (= Quality + Service + Price).  Don’t let our high end image intimidate you into thinking we don’t have the best prices in town.

 

Trendy Blinds & Closets – our 2 showrooms, located in busy malls with ample parking, are signs of a successful business, where our volume sales allow us to give you the best deals and our size can guarantee service for many years to come.

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Celebrate Canada 150 Anniversary MEGA SALE!!

A)  15+ BLINDS, SHADES, DRAPERY SALE (till August 31st, 2017)

B)  Additional Graber Special (till July 31st, 2017

Come in-store for details.

 

Visit our showrooms now! (Please note holiday hours for first week of July).  Call: 905-604-1222

Markham – Langham Square, 30 South Unionville Ave, Unit 1021, Markham L3R 5M3

  • July 1st to 3rd – CLOSED
  • Tuesday July 4th: 11am to 6pm
  • Wednesday July 5th: 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday July 6th to Saturday July 8th: 11am to 6pm

Vaughan – IMPROVE Canada, 7250 Keele St, Unit 200 & 201, Vaughan L4K 1Z8

  • Saturday July 1st – CLOSED
  • Sunday July 2nd: 12 noon to 5pm
  • Monday July 3rd: 11am to 6pm
  • Tuesday July 4th to Friday July 7th: CLOSED
  • Saturday July 8th: 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday July 9th: 12 noon to 5pm

 

Cheap Cost More! Go for Value NOT Cheap!

As a leading retailer or window coverings and closet organizers in the Greater Toronto Area, we have the privilege to meet thousands of people a year.  Within a minute of conversation, we can usually identify shoppers who are solely focused on price and have no interest in learning about the products, our company or even having a look at the finishes and options available.  As the saying goes “You get what you pay for”.  There is always someone in Toronto who is willing to sell you garbage for a low low price.  Even if you plan to “flip” your property, paying slightly more for better quality and service will make a difference in how much you can sell your property for.  Home buyers are smarter these days and can tell apart cheap products and rush installation jobs vs. quality window coverings and closet organizers installed right.

How Trendy Blinds & Closets provide VALUE to you

  1. We focus on selling high quality products.
  2. We cut out the middle man by selling factory direct for our brand of products.  Plus we sell brand names at aggressive discounts.
  3. We don’t waste employee and management time chasing after price-shoppers, we first qualify the potential customer to see if there is a fit between what we offer and what they are looking for i.e. high quality, 5-star service at a great price.  Our time is dedicated to serving real customers.
  4. We constantly update our offerings to match current design trends.
  5. We get all certifications and training for all our staff and contractors.
  6. Our installers are fully certified and insured.

Visit one of our two showroom today: Markham and Concord, Vaughan

http://www.trendyblinds.com, 905-604-1222

 

Trendy Blinds & Closets Sponsors IMPROVE Grand Opening Sat-Sun, April 29th & 30th

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Trendy Blinds & Closets is a Sponsor to the IMPROVE mall Grand Opening Event.  We are offering a total of $10,000 in Gift Cards = 100 x $100 Gift Card to showroom visitors who register their contact information (limited to 1 card per household). Unit 200 & 201, 7250 Keele St, Concord L4K 1Z8.

April 29th, 2017 – Grand Opening Weekend Event Day 1*

  • 10:45 – 11:00 AM: Welcome to Improve Canada!
  • 11:00-12:00 PM: Sarah Richardson – Keynote Speaker
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Mayor of Vaughan and local politicians
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Colin & Justin – Keynote Speaker
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Scott McGillivray – Keynote Speaker
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Colin & Justin – Keynote Speaker
  • 6:15PM: Closing Ceremony

April 30th, 2017 – Grand Opening Weekend Event Day 2*

  • 11:50 AM: Welcome to Improve Canada
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: Mike Holmes Jr. – Keynote Speaker
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: Tommy Smythe – Keynote Speaker
  • 4:00-5:10 PM: Steven Sabados –  60 One on One Consultations

Special events include: Over $25,000 in prizes, giveaways and vouchers, delicious food free of charge, face paintng for children, and the opportunity to have a one on one consulation with Steven Sabados to get expert advice on home design and decor for one room in your home!

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Homeowners can finally find all of their home and renovation needs under one roof with the grand opening of Improve Canada, North America’s only home improvement mall featuring more than 350 business specializing in everything from furniture, windows and roofing to lighting, security, flooring and art.

As part of the Grand Opening Weekend festivities on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, many of Canada’s biggest names in home and design will make live appearances to share their expertise with Improve Canada shoppers. The impressive celebrity lineup includes:

• Scott McGillivray, host and executive producer of Moving the McGillivrays
• Sarah Richardson, designer and star of Sarah’s House and Sarah’s Cottage Rental
• Colin & Justin, interior designers and Cityline home décor experts
• Mike Holmes Jr., renovation expert and star of Holmes+Holmes
• Tommy Smythe, designer and host of The Search For Canada’s Next Designer
• Steven Sabados, designer and cohost of The Goods and Design Rivals

Special Sneak Peek Video: https://youtu.be/G676nslNUzA

Special Event Schedule: http://improvecanada.com/events/grand-opening/

Special Features: Live entertainment, food, children’s activities and face painting, designer’s spotlights, and so much more!

Located in Vaughan, Ont., near the intersection of Steeles Avenue West and Keele Street and close to Highway 407, Improve Canada offers up a one-stop shopping experience that feels like a year-round home show. It’s the first of its kind in North America catering to consumers looking for the latest trends, exciting new products and the widest selection in home renovation and design. More than 350 of the best names in the home improvement industry covering 40 different home-related categories are opening showrooms at the 320,000-sq.-ft., $147-million facility. No matter what their home inspires, Improve Canada will help shoppers find sage advice and that perfect piece.

Our Grand Opening Weekend Event and parking is free, kid-friendly and everyone is invited! Save the date, and bring your family and friends.

Contact: 905-604-1222, http://www.trendyblinds.com

We Won Best of Houzz 2017

Trendy Blinds Inc. of Toronto

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

Toronto, Canada, January 18, 2017Trendy Blinds Inc. of Toronto has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The trendsetting window covering (blinds, drapery and shutters) and closet organizer company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“We’re so excited to be recognized as a customer service leader in the highly competitive home improvement industry here in the Greater Toronto Area. Over 3 years ago, we started to invested significantly in technology and personnel training to better manage our growing number of window covering and closet organizer projects to give all our customers a consistently high-quality customer service experience and a personalize touch,” said Paul Siu, President of Trendy Blinds Inc. “We are glad that this investment is recognized by our customers, and we strive to continue improving our business processes to deliver an even better customer experience this year.”

 

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Trendy Blinds Inc.,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

 

Follow Trendy Blinds Inc. on Houzz https://www.houzz.com/pro/trendyblinds/trendy-blinds-inc

 

About Trendy Blinds Inc.

Transform the look of your windows and organize your space with Trendy Blinds and Closets: Trendy Blinds offer blinds, draperies, curtains, shades and shutters in global trendsetting designs at factory direct prices, with exclusive products and styles. Trendy Closets offers reconfigurable modular closet systems customized to fit any space.

Two showrooms in the Greater Toronto Area to serve you:

Markham Langham Square Showroom:
30 South Unionville Ave, Unit 1021, Markham, L3R 5M3

IMPROVE Canada Showroom:
7250 Keele St, Suites 200 & 201, Vaughan, L4K 1Z8

Phone: 905-604-1222
email: info@trendyblinds.com

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

 

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