Zebra blinds or Dual shades are some one of the two most popular window coverings available for purchase in Canada. So, What’s the big deal? For years, home owners and decorators have been searching for a fabric window shading that is both affordable and stylistically superior to regular roller shades which you can purchase at your local Home Depot or Costco. Don’t get me wrong – I believe you can still get high-quality dual zebra blinds at these Big-Box stores. But in most cases, especially for the high-end brands, smaller retailers and manufacturers can get you these same high-quality roller zebra blinds at deals and prices that won’t be beat anywhere else…
Before we talk about how much furnishing your home with quality zebra blinds will cost you, let us look at what zebra blinds are.
What are Zebra Blinds?
Zebra Blinds, also known as dual Shades or Dual sheers, are fabric window treatments made of combined opaque and semi-opaque fabrics. Each Zebra roller blind is divided up into 2 ½” to 3 ½” fabric segments. These fabrics are ordered in a vertical fashion and are repeated sequentially from Opaque to translucent and back again.
Why are Zebra blinds called Dual Shades?
They are dual shades because of the ‘looping’ feature built into every rolling zebra sheer or blind. Why is that? As you can see below, the back loop or repeated opaque-to-semi-opaque fabric can be moved up and down to filter the amount of light that is let in through the semi-opaque fabric. This fabric transition and filtering differences of the vertical pattern in the sheer looks like the transitioning of the stripe pattern on the body of a zebra. Therefore, designers and home owners alike have reached a consensus and have coined the term zebra blind as a result.
From our study we understand that the market price of any given dual zebra blind is determined by three measurable factors. These factors are similar to those that determine the cost of custom california shutters.
The Name & Brand Value of the Roller Blind Manufacturer.
For example, a dual zebra shade manufactured by a well-known brand like Hunter Douglas could be up to five or six times more expensive than a similar quality window treatment manufactured by a local Canadian company who is only known in and serves just customers in Ontario.
What materials the dual roller shade is made of.
Basically, you get what you pay for. Cheap zebra blinds and dual shades will be relatively cheaper than those roller zebra shades produced from quality materials.
What retailer or wholesaler you purchase the roller dual Zebra blind from.
Some manufactures sell Factory-Direct to the consumer. Finding a ‘Factory Direct’ Blinds company that manufactures the products which they sell directly to their customers is cheaper than buying those same products from a retailer or wholesaler.
Let’s expand on point two above just a bit more.
To make a more direct statement…
The fabric composition will affect the cost of Zebra Blinds for your home.
Like many other window coverings, there are cheap zebra blinds and there are quality zebra blinds. The main difference between the cost of dual shades that are available for purchase in Canada (including those in Southern Ontario) is the composition of the products that you are considered purchasing.
There are two main differences between cheap and quality dual shades.
The differences are manifested in the craftsmanship of the dual zebra shade’s fabric and roller track. There is no surprise that dual zebra blinds made from cheap china-grade fabrics are largely less expensive than those fabrics hand crafted from Egyptian silk or other high-quality blackout fabrics. Why?
Simple, you pay for what they pay for.
If it will cost the manufacture an extra $5 to make a unit, then expect the price you pay to increase in a similar fashion. The composition of the roller track used is equally important. Rollers made from cheap quality plastics and other low-grade materials will not only give a less than perfect zebra blind but will also in a similar fashion decrease the cost of that zebra blind. (NOTE: If you’re in the market for other window coverings like california shutters, cheapness is also not recommended…)
Let Us Now Break Down the Cost of Zebra Blinds.
For a full home with an average 200 sq. ft. of window space look to pay around $3500 to $5000 for low to medium quality roller zebra blinds. Higher end dual roller shadings like Hunter Douglas’ Dual Shade line of window treatments, may cost you anywhere between $5000 to $8000 depending on the roller blind you plan on purchasing.
There are additional costs that many companies throw under the carpet until after the initial purchase was made.
You’ll Pay Extra for Zebra Blind Motorization:
Were you looking for motorized roller dual zebra blinds? If so, expect to spend another $50 to $150 per unit if you plan on purchasing and installing motorized dual shades. If you are looking into these – ensure that you choose blinds that incorporate a high end automatic window covering motor like those made by Somfy…
Blackout Fabrics Increase the cost of a Zebra Blinds Order:
Did you want a blackout zebra blind? If so, you should note, that blackout fabrics are usually more expensive than regular semi-opaque or semi-translucent fabrics. (The good thing is, many roller zebra shadings can be made with or without blackout fabrics to meet a variety of design standards and preferences.).
Beware of Unannounced Dual Roller Blind Installation charges:
Are you looking to install these zebra blinds yourself? If not, look to add on average $5 – $10 per installed unit. If you get lucky, then the retailer or manufactured will install your product free of charge (But that’s to say that not every window covering company is like us) Why? Because we both make the window treatments and offer free installation services to all our clients.
The trick is to find high quality zebra blinds and dual shades at a cost that won’t break the bank.
Our team of Zebra blinds and Dual Shades experts have successfully broken down the average range of prices and some additional costs you could pay when purchasing roller zebra blinds. We’ve also discussed the motivation to why there are differences in the prices of zebra blinds and dual shades across manufactures.
Zebra Blinds are some of the most popular window treatments on the market in Canada and the United States for these 3 reasons.
- Zebra Blinds or Dual Shades are stylistically superior to most other fabric blinds available for purchase
- Zebra Blinds are affordable and durable.
- Dual Shades or Zebra shades can be combined with various other window fashions of your choice to create a holistic look that complements each rooms design.
One thing is for certain, zebra blinds are popular and are here to stay.
Want to know what else is a certain fact? We will be the GTA’s number one roller zebra blinds manufacture and dual roller shade supplier to homes in Markham, Newmarket, Oakville, Barrie, Burlington, Hamilton, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga and all other surrounding areas.
Whether you’ve purchased a new home in Oakville’s Preserve, or are making your way into a new Downtown Condo we can help you. Entering into Milton’s new Sixteen Mile Creek by Mattamy homes – if not you should consider it. The Best part is – if you’re in the market for quality roller Dual shades or Zebra blinds our team of window covering experts will be happy to help you find the best Zebra blind for your home and budget.
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