December 2020

Budget Blinds Hilton Head & Beaufort: Where window solutions are made simple

Author: Cheryl Alexander | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Blinds, shades, shutters—what is the difference? And is neutral the way to go, or is this a good time to spring for pattern and color? What about installation, embellishments? And before we go any further, how much will I have to spend?

If these are questions that you are currently asking yourself, then put your mind at ease. Budget Blinds of Hilton Head and Beaufort has the answers you are seeking. Owner Bob Engler and the entire Budget Blinds staff, from consultants to installers, are the professionals you can rely on when it is time to cover your windows.

“We’re local, and we’re here for you,” Engler said. “We care about the same things you do, and unlike many similar providers, we aren’t going anywhere. We’ve been in business for 15 years, and most of our employees are long-term, which means that not only do they like what they do, but they are good at it.”

Budget Blinds is known for their professional staff, whose knowledge and expertise are unmatched in the industry. Their qualified, certified employees can offer suggestions on exactly what to do and what not to do based on your particular desires and needs, both before and after the sale.

“We don’t just sell you a blind and then move on,” Engler said. “We provide solutions that fit your needs and preferences, and we are there for you afterwards if you have warranty issues or need service. Reliability and consumer confidence are cornerstones of our business.”

Convenience is a big part of the success at Budget Blinds. With two showrooms, one in Bluffton and one in Beaufort, their service areas include Hilton Head, Bluffton, Hardeeville, Ridgeland, Okatie, and Beaufort.

However, they bring the showroom to you with free in-home design consultation. Whether your requirements include uniquely shaped windows, or you are shopping for energy efficient treatments, Budget Blinds does it all, and with style and service for any budget.

Budget Blinds is also backed by the largest provider of custom window coverings in North America, which means they enjoy greater buying power, a large assortment of products at superb prices, and the best warranty in the business. And the sooner you bring them in on the process the better Engler urges.

“Typically, people wait until end of the home build or design process to think about window coverings,” he said, “Most folks these days prefer automated shades, so if they bring us into the process early, we can talk about hard-wiring instead of battery-powered blinds and shades. “There is also an option available now for rechargeable batteries,” Engler explained. “This is another option over changing batteries.”

Hard-wired is considered a better long-term choice since you will not have to continually change the batteries, which usually only last a couple of years. Plus, for high windows, changing the batteries becomes very inconvenient. As well, battery tubes can be visible, which can detract from the aesthetic beauty of your home. However, if people consult with us early enough, then we can help them plan which are better for their particular windows and budget.”

The automation of your window coverings will allow you the freedom to set your shades to go up or down to filter the light, reduce the glare, or provide necessary privacy. Your furniture and floor will be protected from harmful UV rays and, without unsightly and sometimes messy strings and cords to worry about, children and pets are safer.

Another popular product is plantation shutters, which complement the style of many of the Lowcountry homes and offer great insulation. These, too, do not have strings or cords, so they offer a clean aesthetic with the added safety features.

“Most people enjoy the fact that plantation shutters allow light and privacy simultaneously,” Engler said. “For example, a shutter with 20 louvers will have 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom, so depending on the effect you desire, you can close the bottom and leave the top open or vice versa.”

If a smart home is your style, then you can take the next step in automation with Budget Blinds, who has partnered with Lutron, the worldwide leader in smart home technology, to make automation easy and affordable. Whole-home automation for your Budget Blinds window treatments can begin with just a single window or room. Smart shades, smart lights, and smart thermostats integrate with your choice of smart home devices, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Nest, Sonos, and more.

And if that were not enough, Budget Blinds’ commitment to beautifying interiors extends well beyond these products to deliver style and variety for those homeowners with unique circumstances and needs. For example, their woven natural shades are made from hemp, kenaf and flax and are 100 percent organic, environmentally friendly, and completely recyclable.

They also have a collection of moisture-resistant window treatments for high humidity rooms that offers the best in both durability and style. These blinds and shutters will not warp or peel under harsh, moisture-rich conditions brought on by high humidity.

“Many of our customers have unique window styles such as large windows or even skylights, and they want window coverings that complement the style and elegance of their home,” Engler said. “We have solutions for all of these kinds of special windows and individual tastes, including all budgets and style considerations.”

Budget Blinds is also a business that gives back to the community in a variety of ways. They have partnered with local charities such as Heart & Home, Working Wardrobes, Wounded Warriors, and Homes for Our Troops.
“Our goal is simple,” Engler said. “We aim to provide our customers and our community with the best products and services in order to enrich each and every home environment in the Lowcountry.”

Convenience, safety, reliability, professionalism, a variety of products, and service after the sale are the norm at Budget Blinds. When you are ready to transform your home into something special, find them at budgetblinds.com/hiltonheadisland or call (843) 837-4060.

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