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 Vertical blinds are an affordable way to cover sliding doors and are ideal if you are having to cover a whole house or rental property.
 Features
  • One wand or Standard Controls
  • Decorative Valance
  • Low profile head-rail
  • Self adjusting Head-rail Systems Available
  • 2 inch and 3 1/ 2 inch vanes
  • Aluminum
  • Smooth and textured
  • Fabric material
  • Louver Groover
  • Stacking Options
  • Motorization

Control Options verticals are available with your choice of standard controls(3) or One Wand systems(2) or permatilt(1). The standard control is a cord running down the side of the shade on one side that pulls the shade open and closed and a chain that tilts the shade closed. The one wand system is a tilt rod attached to the lead carrier of the shade and operates like a drapery in high end hotels.You use the rod to pull the vertical open or closed and then twist the rod to traverse the slats. The one wand feature is nice in that it eliminates cords that children and pets can hurt themselves on. However it is more delicate than the standard cord and has to be used with gentile touch.

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3 Standard Decorative Valance is what you will find on the top of the blind. Usually to color coordinate with the slats below you can mix it up a little bit and order a different color to add an accent to the top. The decorative valance does act as a dust cover preventing dirt and debris from getting into the operating mechanism. The valance comes in different styles and looks. From the standard single valance 3 1. 5 inch slat with squared off ends or rounded corners to a two tiered valance. You can also decide to forgo with the standard valance and upgrade to a bamboo valance,cornice box, or soft swagging material valance.

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Stacking Options are simple to figure out. which way do you want the shade to open up.
One way draw is the standard. This system pulls the shade to one side of the blind and is usually away from the open window and is the side that the controls would be on except for one wand systems.
A reverse draw system is the reverse of the standard system. The controls would be on one side and the stack would be to the other side. Another way is the split draw...like a drapery it opens in the middle and stacks on the outer ends.
A center stack pulls the slats towards the middle.

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Materials that the vertical slats are made out of come in a variety of Aluminum, PVC, Fabric, and Louver groover.
Aluminumslats I don't care for because they are very noisy when the wind moves them and they conduct heat and most manufacturers have discontinued offering them.
PVCor Polly Vinyl Chlorine or plastic slats are the slat of choice. They come in a variety of colors and styles from smooth plain to your fanciest of textures to simulate fabric.
Fabric slatsare nice but have a tendency to fade and are very difficult to replace if damaged or soiled. We recommend ordering extra slats for each window so you have spares to replace when you need them down the road. Available with sown in or sealed weights on the bottom , attached chains to hook all the slats together. The one problem with fabric is fraying on the edges. If you close it to fast they can bind. But a beautiful look all around.
Louver Groover is a term for a fabric shade that has a plastic sleeving that covers the side and back. Typically used to darken the fabric it also prevents fabric fading and fraying of the edges and is an additional cost.

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One wand systems are only available for one way draws and upto a certain size before they get to big to operate.
These systems are a little bit more delicate and not recommended for little kids to use.