Comparing Apples to Apples with Blinds
If you’ve chosen to research multiple blinds vendors and quotes, it’s EXTREMELY important that you’re comparing apples to apples when it comes to blinds. Your blind estimate from Beacon Heights Paint and Design includes only the premium lines from Hunter Douglas, Shadeomatic and Graber. Competing companies such as big box stores or local low cost/budget blind competitors, carry secondary tier lines from Hunter Douglas, Shadeomatic and Graber alike. This translates to them being able to state they utilize the same blind vendors (mentioned above), but the blinds are not manufactured equal. Attributes such as length of life, clunkier mechanical operation and increased warranty claims/product defects may be seen with these secondary tier lines.
Sale Pricing is our STANDARD Pricing
Other blinds vendors will claim that they have a HUGE SALE on, but what that usually means is that they’ve marked up the retail price, then discounted it the same amount. In theory, it’s their everyday price with a hook in it to create a sense of urgency. At Beacon Heights Paint and Design, we offer honest and transparent pricing every day. On average, we’ll be very competitive or better to other estimates, but the difference is that we’re committed to our customers in every way and you won’t find better service. We’ve worked hard and are proud of our nearly perfect online customer reviews!
With our three blind vendors (Hunter Douglas, Shadeomatic and Graber) the standard warranty is classified as limited lifetime. This means that with the exception of wear and tear, sun damage and pet/human damage, most other scenarios are covered under warranty. The warranty summaries for each blind vendor are available to open with each sent estimate. We encourage you to review and analyze before making your final decision.
Beacon Heights Paint and Design carries high-quality Hunter Douglas and Graber window coverings with a vast selection of fabric types and colours. View our great assortment of styles available from both manufacturers at our full in-store blind display. Experience the innovative lift systems first-hand, with both cordless and motorized options for enhanced child and pet safety features.
All of our window coverings are customizable to enhance the unique characteristics of both residential and commercial spaces, allowing us to help you create the perfect design.
At Beacon Heights Paint and Design, we are well-versed in the world of blinds. We have supplied window coverings for all types of clients, ranging from high-end home owners to local commercial/small business proprietors, including office spaces and Tim Hortons.
You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers
Although Graber and Hunter Douglas both provide high quality blinds with a limited lifetime warranty, the best analogy we like to use in-store to describe the difference is Graber window coverings are like buying a Toyota vehicle – reliable quality that will last for ages, at a decent price. Hunter Douglas window coverings are like buying a Mercedes Benz both in price point and available features.
Window coverings are customized to the home and homeowners needs (i.e privacy, insulation, pets, required durability, kids etc.) but in terms of most frequently purchased blinds at Beacon Heights Paint and Design, these would be cellular (also know as honeycomb…), roller & solar shades as well as faux wood. It’s important to note that all blinds, no matter the manufacturer, are completely customizable in terms of fabric type, headrail design and lift system.
Cellular/honeycomb blinds are the homeowner favorite as they usually are purchased with the top-down bottom-up feature which allows for the blind to float effortlessly within the casing from 100% extension to 0%, positioned anywhere within the window. Cellular/honeycomb blinds also provide effective thermal insulation from UV and cold weather during the winter months and help to protect & reduce fading of furniture and flooring over the long term. Cellular/Honeycomb blinds are manufactured in both light filtering and room darkening options.
Roller or Solar shades are also a very popular option for homeowners as they provide unsurpassed texture and depth to enhance the look and feel of any interior space. Roller shades come in a wide variety of textured fabrics in-line with the industry’s top designers. The primary difference between roller and solar shades is the composition and durability of the fabric. Roller shades are closer to a fabric, where as solar shades are a more durable synthetic material that improves washability. Roller shades may be considered more elegant where as solar shades are the balance between work horse, beauty and functionality. Both roller shades and solar shades have customizable light filtering based on the fabric choice, including full room darkening option. There is also a dual roller system that offers both elegance and functionality in one unit.
Faux Wood blinds are the best option for home owners looking for cost effectiveness that will stand the test of time. Available in standard colours, including a wide variety of off-whites, faux wood blinds are the quintessential option for any homeowner looking for longevity at a reasonable price. Perfectly suited for younger families, rental units or the utility focused homeowner, faux wood blinds are the classic shutter style blind that do not disappoint, are easily repairable and withstand considerable abuse while maintaining a great look.
Measuring your window for accurate blind manufacturing and installation isn’t extremely difficult, but does require the ability to record a few key pieces of information. Please watch the following video for more information.
Instructional video of how to accurately measure window opening – Coming Soon
Home Depot is well known for high volume blind sales with cost-effective pricing. Their primary lines are Bally, Levolor and Hampton Bay. They follow a lower price, lower service sales model, similar to most big box stores. Pricing is standardized and fixed. The department representatives do their best to analyze the needs of the home owner and send their best on-site teams to do in-home measurements. At Beacon Height Paint and Design, we’re local & family run which translates to being service driven with an unmatched focus on customer needs. We’re certainly not perfect, but very little slips through the cracks when you’re family run and care about the small stuff. That said, because we set pricing in-house without needing approval from any HQ, we’re able to be very competitive with the big box store. It’s important to note that when all is said and done, you get what you pay for and this certainly applies to the customized and long-term value of any blinds purchase.
The benefits of fine window coverings include:
- An increase in the value of your home
- Light and privacy control options to meet your personal needs
- Added insulation to your home to increase your overall energy efficiency
- Sound absorption to add an element of softness to any room
- UV protection, important for the protection of your furniture and flooring
Beacon Heights Paint and Design also offers custom drapery, valances, bedding and upholstery. All of our window coverings come with a limited lifetime warranty.
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Hunter Douglas prides themselves on their expertise in the properties of light in the window, having studied the daily illumination, privacy and energy management needs of homes for nearly 100 years. They are the innovators and inventors of high-end window coverings, introducing the now iconic honeycomb shade to the world. Consistently injecting new technologies into their designs, Hunter Douglas uses elegant performance fabrics that are durable, functional, and beautiful.
Qualities of Hunter Douglas window coverings include:
- Light control and privacy features to allow light to enter only where you want it to
- Protection from destructive UV rays
- State of the art automation enables you to operate your blinds from your smart device, anytime and anywhere
- Attention to energy efficiency to keep rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
- Automation to move shades into the exact position you prefer from anywhere in the room
- Visually stunning designs
- Exclusive products, fabrics and features that are only available from Hunter Douglas
- Safety components to keep kids and pets free from harm
- Limited lifetime warranty
Graber has eight decades of experience in the window covering industry. Dedicated to fine craftsmanship, founder John Graber invented the first stabilizing metal bracket for venetian blinds, which greatly elevated the standards for overall window treatment quality. Graber’s custom window treatments are sophisticated, stylish, and made to last. With shades, blinds, shutters, and drapes available in a wide array of styles, colours, and fabrics, Graber window coverings will fit in any home.
Qualities of Graber window coverings include:
- Design solutions for every window
- Cordless options for peace of mind
- Protection against distracting glares
- Energy efficiency for room temperature management
- Made sustainably and responsibly
- Convenient motorized options
- Lifetime limited warranty
- Additional savings available through Graber’s contractor pricing program
Alta Window Fashions from Shade-O-Matic® has been servicing the window coverings industry for almost 40 years. Founded in 1982, we have grown from a small regional company to a leading national Canadian supplier of premier quality window coverings. In 1996, Shade-O-Matic, became part of the Hunter Douglas Group of Companies, a world leader in the window covering industry and in 2020, we merged with Custom Brands Group (CBG), a Hunter Douglas company who has been in business for 45 years.
As CBG Canada, we offer a wide selection of high-quality custom window coverings including honeycomb shades, roller shades, dual shades and more under the Alta Window Fashions from Shade-O-Matic brand and our popular vinyl shutter under the Eclipse Shutters from Shade-O-Matic brand.
Today, CBG is a streamlined company with a strong team culture featuring our strongest brands and retail partners — shop-at-home and storefront, and online. We continue to earn a place in customers’ homes with our focus on lasting quality, exceptional value, and timeless style.
Our Principles and Our Values Business is People…
- We are one team
- We value each individual