Celluar Shades

How to Cool Your Home in Style and Save Energy at the Same Time

Now that spring is back and warm weather is here to stay, it’s time to start thinking about how to switch over from heating your home to cooling it down in stylish, energy-saving ways. Since windows are to blame for a large portion of home energy loss, spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home with some new window treatments. By investing in the right design trends, you’ll get all the functionality needed to cool down your place during the hot months, plus the bonus of having a fresh new look that will bring a smile to your face and compliments from all your friends and neighbours.

For the tech-obsessed

Technology has become an integrated part of our daily lives, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that even home decorations are starting to become digitized. Companies like Elite Window Fashions now offer products such as Elite Smart Shades, which can be operated with remote controls and smartphones to save you energy in an automated way. Get them in different styles, for instance as cellular shades or roller shades. If used with Elite’s sun sensor and mobile app, you’ll be able to set this high-tech window treatment to operate itself in relation to however much sun and heat it senses. Even without the sun sensor, by just using the mobile app, you’ll be able to automate the shades based on timers set for your convenience.

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For the eco-holics

Thanks to increased public awareness regarding the health of our planet and our own well-being, the availability of eco-friendly products has skyrocketed in the last few years. This is not just limited to the organic foods aisle in your local grocery store. Commercial window coverings now come in a range of high-quality materials that are safe for the planet, and safe for your home. Elite Window Fashions has many products featuring fabrics that have been certified as environmentally friendly by third party organizations, including Greenguard and the Canada Green Building Council. This means that fabrics contain labelled with these certifications contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are a large contributor to urban pollution. Accredited products are also free of dangerous chemicals and smells.

If you’ve got kids in the house

Many homes feature window blinds with long, unruly cords that unfortunately pose a choking hazard to children as old as eight-years-old. Sadly, accidental death by strangulation is not uncommon, because unsuspecting children sometimes get caught in the cords, even when adults are only a room away. These ‘silent killers’ have led to the passing of new consumer regulations by Health Canada, requiring all corded window treatments to come with cord/chain tension devices.

If you’re looking to upgrade your window treatments to save on energy expenses anyway, you might as well invest in a cordless option like automated window coverings. If a cordless option is too much of an investment, roman shades with a continuous cord loop are a good corded option, as the cord can be easily fastened to a window for child-proofing purposes. Otherwise, cellular shades are very popular because they come in a variety of options, whether they are motorized, manual but cordless, or feature a continuous cord loop. Whatever option you choose, if you’re in the market for new energy-saving window treatments, be sure to keep your child’s safety in mind first.

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If you love a good view

If you’re the type of person who loves a scenic view, but are still committed to reducing your home energy costs, a motorized solar shade might be just the thing for you. Solar shades are designed for those of you who still want to be able to look outside without being blinded by the glare of the sun. Elite Window Fashions offers four fabric types to suit a range of budgets and applications. High Performance fabrics like the SilverScreen, the EnviroScreen and the E Screen with KoolBlack Technology are all great solar shade options featuring PVC, which is flame retardant, and they can reflect a significant amount of heat from the sun, which means your windows are kept cool and stylish all summer long.

No matter what your home needs this spring or summer, Elite Window Fashions has an option for you. From classic vertical blinds to the most high-tech automated window coverings, there is something for every budget and taste in mind. With the right choice, you can keep the energy costs down and the cool factor up!


Home security system concept - motion detector, gas sensor, cctv camera, alarm siren

The Smart Way to Keep Burglars and Home Invaders at Bay

Sad as it might be to admit, we live in a pretty dangerous world; a world whose dangers are not limited to those found in distant, war torn countries, but also full of those we’re likely to find in our very own neighbourhoods.

While it might be impossible to guarantee absolute safety within your home, the term “home security” is by no means a misnomer; there are very real steps that you can take to reduce the likelihood that you’ll fall victim to a burglary or home invasion – steps that will make ne’er-do-wells think twice about targeting your home.

Home Security: No Longer a Luxury Exclusive to Society’s Elite

Everybody’s got something worth safeguarding; whether that’s an irreplaceable family heirloom, or your family themselves, it’s difficult to put  a price of safety. Unfortunately, cost has historically been an inhibitor for the average Joe to invest in a home security system. As the industry continues to grow and with it, the number of home security solutions available, price is no longer the hurdle it once was.

  1. DIY Systems Are Great, But Don’t Discount Professionally Installed Systems

Ask around, and one of the primary benefits you’ll hear most often from those that invested in a DIY solution over a fully-installed system will be price – but that may not be entirely accurate. At face value, DIY systems may appear to be the cheapest option, but consider this – many installers offer deep discounts on the installation of a security system provided you commit to central station monitoring. While this does come with a monthly cost, think of the opportunity cost you’ll have to pay to vigilantly monitor your property when you’re not there. A central monitoring package on the other hand ensures that someone is monitoring your property 24-7, so you can go about your life.

  1. Focus Your Efforts On the Ground Floor

It’s no secret that the lion’s share of home invasions occur through first floor entry points. That being said, you’ll want to make sure all your ground floor doors and windows are being monitored. If cameras aren’t an option, you’d do well to install motion sensors that can trigger an alarm if the field is broken. Motion sensors are a great addition to a home’s security system because their sensitivity can be adjusted and they don’t necessary require your windows to be closed in order to be functional.

  1. If You’re Purchasing a DIY Product, Consider the Cost of Upgrades Down the Line

If you own a DIY security system, how amenable is it to future additions? Specifically, does your current provider have (or is planning to have) a respectable breadth of products, or is it compatible with another manufacturers? The point is, you don’t want to hamstring your future home security plans by investing in a system that isn’t capable of growing with your needs.

  1. Think Outside the Box

Some products, like automated window coverings offer home security as a secondary benefit. Though not specifically marketed as a home security product, many such window treatments can be open and closed from a remote location using a mobile app. This allows you to create the appearance that someone is present in your home when in fact it’s empty. Unlike similar devices that work off of a timer, potential burglars won’t be able to recognize a pattern if you’re able to open and close your motorized solar shades at will.

  1. Make Sure You Get Cameras That Work Under a Variety of Lighting Conditions

Don’t be fooled by a store’s display of a camera’s performance. Most break-ins occur in low-light environments so a sharp, colour camera that looks great on the sales floor might not perform how you need it to in the middle of the night. Consider a product that also offers infrared functionality so that the system remains viable when you need it most.

  1. Camera Placement: Know Your Light Sources

Plan out where you’ll be mounting your cameras around your property. A general rule of thumb is to avoid placing it where light sources could impede your equipment from functioning to its full potential.

When it comes to home security, the only wrong answer is failing to take home security seriously. Whether you go for a DIY solution or a comprehensive, full-service system, the important thing is getting the equipment you need to help you protect your property in place.  

Charge Motor, New to the E-Motion™ Collection

New Charge Motor Leading Innovation in Elite Smart Shade™ Automation

The NEW E-Motion™ Charge Motor is the latest in Elite’s automation product line up. It offers you top quality performance with a three year warranty! It’s everything you would expect and more in an automated shade.

NEW Charge Motor

Addition to the Elite Smart Shade™ Collection – NEW Charge Motor

The Charge motor features a completely wireless installation. With a concealed internal battery, absolutely no wiring is required. Everything is neatly tucked away inside the shade for a clean, simple automated solution. When the time comes to recharge the motor, simply plug the shade in using the wall charger and 6” Charge N’ Go Connector wire (located on the side of the motor). The connector is easily accessible at the side of the shade, but can be kept hidden when not in use. When plugged in, the LED light on the charger will turn red indicating the motor is charging. When the LED turns green your motor is fully recharged. The motor’s battery life will typically last between four and six months between charges. The best part however is, thanks to Rapid Charge technology, it will only take between 20 and 30 minutes to fully recharge. Bet you wish your cellphone could do that.

Now, let’s talk style: what type of shade and fabric are you dressing up your window with? The new Charge motor is compatible with Roller Shades, High-Lite® Shades and Sheer Horizontal Shades, giving you access to hundreds of fabrics, styles, and colours to choose from.

The Charge motor can be controlled by either a handheld remote control, wall mounted remote control or even from the new Elite Smart Shades™ Wifi Controller. Now you can control the Charge motor along with any other E-Motion™ motor from your smartphone and tablet on iOS and Android.

Click here to locate your closest Elite dealer and begin customizing your window coverings today.

Information That Can Help You Sell Your Home in as Little as Two Weeks

With the aging of the baby boomer generation, the housing market will invariably see a massive amount of new listings. If you’re buying, this will be music to your ears – an over saturation of available properties tends to put a lot of power in the hands of the buyer. If however, you’re looking to sell your home in the next few years (and hope to make a profit), you’re going to need to arm yourself with the tricks of the trade that many homeowners use to sell their homes in record time.
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Spring Renovation Trends 2015 – Windows

Naked Windows are Out

Spring is here, and my oh my did it take it’s time to arrive. Now that it is finally here, spring renovations are beginning. It’s time to update the look and feel of our spaces, which in turn can be quite daunting. We have no idea what is what anymore because, let’s face it, what is trending today will be a faux pas tomorrow. We must be careful when making our selections lest we become outdated before we have even begun. Especially when renovating to sell, you want what you choose to add value to your space, but also want to enjoy it while it is yours.

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Spring Renovations? Automate Your Shades.

Out with the Old, In With the New.

Elite Smart Shades LogoNow that spring is finally upon us, it’s time to let the beautiful sun shine in. We find ourselves at this time or year searching for a fresh take on our day to day lives. Breaking the seal on our windows to let the fresh air in after what seemed like an eternity, spring cleaning is beginning, wardrobes are being cleared out and updated and we all sing the same tune, “out with the old, in with the new”. New resolutions, new styles, new colors, new technology.

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Summer Window Coverings

In honour of the beginning of summer, Elite brings to you our top 3 picks for summer window coverings. 

Summer is the time that we often find ourselves making home improvements whether it be a simple sprucing, moving furniture and reorganizing, painting or renovating completely. Window coverings are a staple of home design. They can be subtle and blend in or they can be bold and instantly brighten a room. Changing your window coverings can instantly change the entire dynamic of a room, and so Elite brings to you our top 3 product choices for your windows this summer:

1) Oleander from Elite’s Designer Roller Shade Collection


Pictured: Top – Oleander Ash; Bottom (left to right) – Oleander Burnout in Linen, Oleander Taupe & White

This fabric is available in 4 colours: Ash, Taupe, White and Oleander Burnout in Linen. It features a uniquely bold floral pattern with Ash being bolder than Taupe and White. Oleander Burnout in Linen is unique in its floral pattern that actually appears more sheer than the regular Oleander fabric. This fabric contains 20% polyester and 80% viscose making for a solid material that still allows the sun in. This fabric is also available in Roman and Panel styles.

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E Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology!

Reduce Cooling Costs and Improve Comfort with

E Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology!

Did you know that 50% of a buildings total energy consumption is used for heating & cooling?

KOOLBLACK™ FabricToday, in honour of Earth Day, we continue our focus on energy saving fabrics by focusing on Elite’s E Screen fabric with KOOLBLACK™ Technology. With the weather finally changing to a more comfortable temperature, we can’t help but feel that the impending summer will rival our Canadian winter. How do we prepare for the hot, humid days of summer? We get the shorts, tanks, swimsuits and sunblock ready of course. Unfortunately, window coverings are not quite as easy as our wardrobes to switch over. When fitted with appropriate blinds, your windows can be part of the solution to help battle the cost of energy and assist with keeping living and working spaces cool. So now we find ourselves asking, what is the right choice for my windows?

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Save on Energy with SilverScreen™ Fabric

SilverScreen™: The Ultimate Solution for

Solar Heat and Light Control!

If you are like us then you can relate that with the cost of hydro continually going up, we constantly find ourselves struggling to find ways to keep the bills down. While the majority of us have tackled the standard energy reduction techniques like changing our light bulbs and programming our thermostats, many of us have overlooked another surely effective way to reduce our hydro consumption by fitting our home with window coverings that provide solar heat and light control.

SilverScreen™ Living Room
SilverScreen™ FabricElite Window Fashions™ has a wide range of energy efficient options for window coverings. SilverScreen™ fabric is our most effective, featuring an ultra-fine layer of aluminum that improves the solar energy performance of the fabric while also providing excellent view through. The reflective aluminum layer will keep the strong summer heat out while reducing the loss of heat in the winter. This results in considerable savings on the costs of energy including air conditioning, heating and lighting. Bonus: reducing your energy usage also reduces you CO₂ emissions.

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