This page contains answers to commonly-asked questions about buying custom window coverings from us.
What if I live in a remote area? Can I still get an in-home visit?
We service the entire state of Alaska, with home visits, traveling by truck on the Alcan Highway, ferry up the inland passage and small plane to reach our customers. Give us a call and we can figure out when we can make an in-home visit to your home!
Because of the long days in summer, I have problems with sleeping at night? Can you help with room-darkening shades?
Yes, here in the land of the midnight sun, we all have issues sleeping during the sun-filled summer months. We have a variety of solutions that provide room darkness when you need it, and still let you see the beautiful Alaskan view outside your windows at other times of day.
Our house is really cold in winter because of our windows. Can you help?
Yes, we carry a variety of energy-efficient window coverings that can make your home warmer in winter, and save on your energy bills. We also carry stoves and fireplaces that can provide added warmth when you need it.
How and when do I pay?
Typically, we require a 50 percent deposit on all custom-made products at the time you place your order. When the project is fully installed, the remaining 50 percent is due.
Do you offer a more complete selection?
Yes, we offer the full selection of Hunter Douglas window fashions, so you can find exactly what you want for your home. This includes all the very newest products, colors and fabrics that Hunter Douglas occasionally adds to keep up with design trends, color changes and consumer wishes. We also carry the exclusive Alustra® Collection. Some dealers might not offer the full selection of Hunter Douglas window fashions.
Why should I buy from you?
We’re locally owned and operated, so we know the neighborhood and understand local preferences and design styles. You’ll have peace of mind buying from us because not only are we here today to help you make your selections and make a sale, but we’ll be here in the future when you’re ready to buy again or if you have any questions or problems. And our staff is highly trained and experienced so we know the ins and outs of window fashions design, measuring and installation – even for challenging specialty windows, such as arches and angle tops. We can also help you with motorized blinds and shades. Overall, we’re committed to providing you with a thoroughly satisfying shopping experience.
Are your prices competitive?
Yes! We recognize the need for both competitive pricing and exceptional value. When you look at the combination of quality, service, expertise and product selection we provide, we believe you’ll think our prices are competitive. You’ll have peace of mind that you’ve selected the most fitting products for your situation, have chosen colors and styles that complement your décor, and that your products are measured and installed for optimal performance and beauty.
Can I purchase blinds and draperies?
Yes. In fact for many windows we recommend that solution! Many home owners prefer to use a blind or shade to provide functional room darkening, glare control and energy efficiency (as well as beauty), then add draperies or a top treatment to make a personal fashion statement that complements their interior decor.
Why do you do the measuring?
Window fashions are more complex than you might think. Many questions arise when we come to your home about how you will use your window fashions, how often you will operate them, whether you have children or pets in the home, what furniture might be placed in front of the window, etc. We know how to ask the right questions to make sure your window treatments function for optimal performance and ease of use. With many window fashions, exact (and knowledgeable) measuring and installation are critical, especially for inside mount situations and especially with hard, fitted products such as shutters. A measuring job done inaccurately can cost you lots of money if window fashions don’t fit correctly. In addition, many homes have imperfections in window shape or protrusions that an expert installer can address up front to prevent window treatment problems later.
How long does it take?
That depends on what products you order. All of our products are custom made to your exact specifications, and some take longer than others to produce and ship to us. Once you place your order, we will keep you in the loop every step of the way so you know what to expect about the installation date.
Can you help me select the right products?
Our knowledgeable staff will walk you through the choices available and ask the right questions, to help you create a personalized and distinctive look that fits your lifestyle, your functional needs and your budget. In addition, they can help you select colors, textures and finishes that complement your interior décor beautifully. With their design experience, product expertise and intensive training, our professional staff will walk you through the decision-making process, gathering information to help them suggest the perfect solution.