Welcome to our Guide to Motorized Shades  in Boca Raton.

2020 UPDATE:

In our 2020 update we have included ….

I can see you have good taste! In this guide we’ll help you bring your windows into the 21st century with nifty motorized systems. We’ll take you by the hand. We have a lot of info for you – so first, do you want the “short story” or the “long story”?

  • Short Story
  • Long Story
    • Choosing motorized versus manual. How to make the decision. 
    • How they work. 
    • Battery vs plug in to wall 
    • Noise level
    • Difficulty of installation. /need for a professional. 
    • Length of time to job completion (manual vs motorized)
    • Great motorization VS. something from Costco
    • local suppliers
    • not-so local suppliers
    • local installers
    • Brands and their quality.
    • Smart home integration.
    • Higher Level of Convenience.
    • More Energy Savings.


Short Story

Whether you are a gadget lover or a pragmatist, motorization could be the solution for you.

While the main benefit you’ll gain from motorization is a higher level of convenience, many  are surprised to find that motorization can also lead to more energy savings.


The Long Story



How they work


Motorized Blinds and shades in Boca Raton
Here is a look at the inside of a motorized shade.

The majority of motorized shades have a tubular shaped motor that fits inside the shaft of the shade (pictured above) and turn it to raise or lower the shade material.

However there are some shades that pull a chain instead of turning/spinning a shaft.


Battery vs plug in to wall

Battery-powered shades are wireless and therefore don’t have a cord that has to be hidden.

A battery motor can be recharged using a standard outlet. Most take the same amount of time to recharge as a mobile phone.

Window treatments with a battery motor do not need to be located near an electrical outlet (an added plus there is that a battery motor will continue to function even if a power outage occurs).


On the other hand are plug-in motors.

Plug-in motors never need to be recharged.

Most are quieter than battery-powered window treatments.

But since the motor needs to be plugged in, the window treatments must be located near an electrical outlet to work (limiting where you can install the shade).


Most battery shade motors can go for more than 6 months without needing a recharge.


default up-and-down limits, and the channel.


Brands and their quality

Among the brands of automated shade, there are three we’d like to mention. They are:

Hunter Douglas


The quality of these three are comparable and excellent.


Smart home integration

Motorized Blinds and shades in Boca Raton
For general motorization there are a variety of controls available (remote controls, switches, etc.).

For automation to full smart home integration there are many different solutions. They can link your blinds to a smartphone or other device as part of an IoT (Internet of Things) solution.

The most well know devices might be:

Amazon Alexa

Google Home (through IFTTT)

But there are also many iPhone or Android apps.