This is the first in a series of short articles about Warm Window Shades and my adventure in making them for my home.
I first heard about warm window fabric from a student who took my home maintenance class, “The Morning After Closing”. I decided to do some research for myself and this is what I found.
What is Warm Window Fabric? Warm Window fabric is a four layered insulated fabric consisting of (1) a moisture resistance lining, (2) high density needled hollow fibers, (3) reflective polyethylene vapor barrier, (4) metalized Poly with needled air-trapping polyester fibers. This fabric is the basis of the Warm Window Shade.
How does it compare to standard windows for insulating ability? Let’s compare R-Values. As a reminder R-Value is the measurement of a material’s resistance to the flow of heat. The higher the R-Value the greater the capacity of the material for insulating. For comparison: An old style single pane window has and R-Value of about R-1 and typical double pane window range from R-2 to R-3 depending on the quality. Adding a Warm Window Shade can increase the R-Value to R-7.5 something no window currently on the market can achieve on its own.
How much will it cost to make and install a Warm Window Shade? I have made 4 roman style shades of varying sizes. The average cost of materials was $80/shade. It took me an average of 3 hours to make each shade and about 1 hour to install.
Where can I get the materials? I found my materials and accessories at Denver Fabrics www.denverfabrics.com. (2777 W Belleview Ave, Littleton, Colorado 80123 (303) 730-2777) You can also buy material online at www.warmcompany.com . Because some idiot sued them when a child got hurt in a shade drawstring they no longer sell the components for the roman shade but the fabric store had everything I needed. They do have materials for other shade styles.
Are there instructions for making my own shades? I purchased a booklet on how to make a variety of different shade types at the fabric store. I also found that some instructions could be downloaded from the Warm Window website. http://www.warmcompany.com/wwpage.html. You cannot find the instructions for the roman shade at their site because of the law suit. If you’d like a copy please let me know or call Denver Fabrics to see if they have any more instruction booklets.
My next few posts will be about what I went through and discovered while making my shades. My next project will be to make side draw shades for the large exterior door in our family room.