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Shades Of The Future® attends the national window coverings trade shows to seek out the best products. We research the market place and do our homework. The goal is to offer products that have a high value to quality ratio. We are not trying to be the cheapest or most expensive, but offer products with excellent performance at affordable prices. If we can’t stand behind the product and put our name on it, we won’t offer it for sale.
You are probably an expert in your field and expect your suppliers to know their business and be experts as well. We consider it our duty to know the industry and recommend quality products that won’t be a disappointment in later years. Window coverings are a significant investment and the goal is that your expectations be exceeded and that your selections last a long time.
For blinds, shades and other core products in the “hard treatments” category, the industry leader is Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. They are the innovators. They spend millions per year on R&D and focus groups. Other manufacturers copy and build knock-off look-alikes. There is a difference and we offer top quality products for your project.
Because of the superior quality and industry leadership of Hunter Douglas, Shades Of The Future® has been offering its products since 1979. When it comes to window coverings we offer Hunter Douglas exclusively.
For interior plantation window shutters, our research shows real hardwood shutters are still the best choice. Our preferred vendor is Woodfold/Marco.
Primarily for areas of high humidity or moisture you may prefer a faux wood shutter. There is a small saving for faux over wood, about 15%. But you choose a faux shutter more for the application than savings. For faux shutters our preferred vendor is San Benito. Their Davenport line is PAINTED and most faux shutters are the color of the plastic from the extruder. Hope you like white and off-white! Also, if unpainted, you see the pull lines of the material as it left the extruder. We offer a large number of stock paints and also custom color for these faux shutters. We think shutters should feel solid, not hollow, and not look like plastic. That’s why when it comes to faux shutters we only offer San Benito’s Davenport line.
For roman shades, manually operated or motorized, our preferred vendor is: Castec Window Shading.
Terms: Our terms are standard for custom materials: 1/2 down and balance on delivery. For out of town projects, final payment is required before shipment. Freight will be included in the price quoted.
We accept checks, VISA, MasterCard and Discover. The minimum amount per charge card transaction is $500 or 100% of your purchase, whichever is lower. Shades Of The Future® is bonded for $15,000.
Warranty: Manufacturer’s warranties apply to the products. Most Hunter Douglas products offer a lifetime limited warranty for as long as you own the product. If you are in the local service area, we will come to the site to service this warranty free of charge for the first year (trip is billable thereafter). Carry in service offered free after the first year to fulfill the manufacturer’s warranty. You will find that service pretty unusual. Motorized equipment is warranted for 1 year.
The lifetime limited warranty means the components are replaced if they fail. The shade and blind cords are not guaranteed to last forever. Just like tires on your car, cords will eventually need to be replaced. Most cords on blinds last 10 years or more with new Ultra cord from Hunter Douglas. Today you can have a standard Duette or blind restrung for about $55.
If you have a premature cord failure you can expect it to be taken care of. But if your kitty decides to use the cords for dental floss…that’s another story!
Out of town customers will be responsible for freight to our office on warranty repairs, but we pay the return freight.
Contact Us: (503) 644-9300 (8-5 Pacific)