These were an okay value. They look nice, and the mechanism that opens/shuts the slats moves smoothly. The mechanism that lifts/opens the blind is really skimpy for a blind this heavy. My husband did the initial installation at our beach house (in my absence), so I don't know how that part of it went. When we were having trouble with the lift mechanism, we took the blinds down. The entire mechanism inside slides around, and you have to make sure that the strings are centered in the holes and that the metal discs that hold the mechanism in place are tight. Otherwise, the strings get caught and don't move properly. I hope that makes sense. Would I buy them again? Probably. Would I recommend them to a friend? Yes, with a caution about the mechanism.