Managing sunlight and privacy with rolling shades

Posted by Greg Amato on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 12:09 AM

The challenge: Managing light so sunlight can be blocked and filtered at the same time?

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Bay Screens

Posted by Greg Amato on Wed, Jun 04, 2014 @ 12:06 AM

Ahh, Spring is here, warm winds, fresh air, we all want to leave our windows open to let the air in. Some of us worry about bugs flying or crawling inside, others like to keep the dust out. Whatever your concern, insect screens will keep out mosquitos, flys, bees, wasps and any and all types of flying creatures. We put them on windows, sliding sns swinging doors. we now have retractable windows and doors, that are unseen, till needed. We even have screens with alarm wiring to let you know when an intruder tries to get in. We make upper attic vent screens or lower crawl space screens, to keep mice and rats out. Even pesky squirrles are no match for our 1/4" hardware cloth. We do them all. We meausre and install, sometimes the same day. You can bring them into our shop or we can send trained installers to your site for an experts opinion on your needs. We even do motorized insect products, and can now do openings 30' wide and 12' tall with products that are bug tite and hold up to the wind and weather and ar controlled with hand held remotes or wireless wall switches.

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Rolling shade pockets

Posted by Greg Amato on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

My mission is to demistify the details of motorized shading systems. To make the complicated, simple to understand and execute for your project.  In this writing we will discuss the options for the shade placement. Rolling shades come in 4 opacities; sheer, semi sheer, semi-opaque and opaque. They can be inside or outside mounted on an opening. My most common work, involves putting a pocket in a ceiling, a soffit or otherwise hiding it from view. The shade then seems to come from nowhere and dissappears when not in use. This requires careful planning so as to hide the hardware. In a simple version, we use a wall mounted valance, usually aluminum 3" or 4" square, but it can also be made from a fabric or nice crown moulding. This is easiest with manual shades. but with motorized shades, we need to be mindful of the power and communication to the shade. 5 x 5 pocket enables us to hide our rolling shade and make the power connection from inside the pocket. This requires careful planning with the electrician and general contractor to get a grat finished. As a finish carpenter myself I understand the building process and how it is necessary to iintegrate our design to get a nice finished look. We can do it all, including various pocket sizes from 3 1/2 x 3 1/2, to 5 x 5 to 7 x 9 for dual shades and slightly larger for triple shades. This is a bug screen, a solar shade and room darkening shade in the same opening. I would say each home is slightly differnet and so the pockets need to be planned early, to make sure the design meets the look and feel desired, and gives the needed results, in terms of light control, beauty and function. We also work with client built pockets, and use flap and hanger hardware, to close the opening, so as to hide the roll. This is similar to a drape pocket in terms of hidding the shade. Sometimes we use side channel, when the design demands light or bug sontrol. To further complicate our job usually they want thses to be hidden. Fortunately, we have done this many times, and can be very helpful helping designing a system that has a clean and uncluttered look modern design seems to demand. Call our office to discuss your needs, at 310 828 7998 and ask for Greg.
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