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kimnorthrop

Klausst80 the longevity of the shades will depend on a number of variables, such as what type of weave, what direction the windows face, how often will the be put up and down, is humidity an issue? I am a window covering professional in Northern CA. I work with a number of clients with south facing windows on the water. I have seen shades that are 8 -12 years old which are beginning to fail. Usually it is the strings that control the shades that begin to rot from sun damage. The faux wood blinds are probably less expensive but I would avoid using them on a large window as they tend to be heavy. Hope that helps.

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Jennifer Markham

Once saw rolling screen made of old doors on a track. Beautiful and folded out of the way ( somehow)...

   
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Jennifer Markham

Or carved wood panels on wheels...

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