The shades allow low levels of sun light through, but the quality of the materials prevent most of the associated heat from accompanying it - which was my primary goal. Note that I also purchased a very light pair of draperies, more for color (and daytime privacy as needed), to pull across the shades. This provides the perfect additional sunblock for any guests wanting to sleep-in each morning, in the south eastern facing room (also a goal of mine). The price had me worried that the product would be flimsy, but it is not. The only complaint I have is the fact the shades do not "lock" in place while up; they must be tied off with the lifting-lowering side string provided. This is not a big deal for me, but does require the additional mounting of the metal anchor to hold the tie.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality better than price would imply
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
I like these shades; they provide privacy but let in some subdued light. The raising/lowering mechanism works fine. They look good, too. Couple of caveats: one is they are not completely room-darkening. If you need room-darkening shades don't buy these. Second, the published width is actual, not nominal. Unlike many blinds, these are not slightly undersized for inside mounting and will NOT mount properly inside a 60-inch window frame. That said, my handyman was able to cut about 3/8 of an inch off the end. It did not alter the appearance or affect the mounting hardware but I was able to mount them inside the window frame. Use a fine-toothed blade; a band saw is ideal. The blinds can be used as-is for outside-mount applications. If you can live with these caveats, these are great blinds and provide extraordinary value.
These were so inexpensive, I was expecting the worst, but our use for them was not as shades. When they arrived I was really amazed that they were so nice, I wished I was going to use them on a window. Lovely even look, and they work well.
The product was useful for what i needed and it serves the purpose
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? good
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. fair
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? good