How Much Do Motorized Blinds Cost In Toronto?

February 9, 2022 Window Blinds

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Motorized blinds are a perfect option for many households. Imagine the convenience of being able to control your blinds, from anywhere in the room, simply by hitting a button on a handheld remote controller.

It’s a luxury that everyone would want but many people presume they’d be too expensive to install. In this article, we’ll tell you how much motorized blinds cost in Toronto. We’ll also tell you factors that affect the cost of motorized blinds, as well as whether they are worth the investment. Let’s get started!

Cost of Motorized Blinds in Toronto

As we’ll see, there are different factors that affect the cost of blinds making it is difficult to provide an estimate. These factors include the material used, the motor, size of the windows and cost of installation. 

However, installing basic motorized blinds in a window in Toronto will cost you between $140 and $300, while options with high-end technology will cost you up to $1,000. We’ll dive into the details to get a more accurate picture. 

 

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Factors affecting the cost of motorized blinds

Material

Many different materials are used in making blinds. As such, blinds made of higher-quality and more durable materials will be available at higher price points.

The materials used for blinds include:

  • Wood
  • Faux wood
  • Cellulose
  • Fabric
  • Synthetic fabric
  • Vinyl
  • Plastic
  • Aluminum

Each of these materials has its individual properties which alter their cost and as with anything, the higher quality the materials, the more you’ll pay. For example, faux wood offers the natural grain look that makes wood designs appealing but are less durable than real wood. Thus, blinds made of faux wood will be cheaper than those made of real wood.

2. Motor

living room blindsThe type and quality of motor that is used in motorized blinds can dramatically affect the overall cost. The motor is the most important component of motorized window treatments. It is what turns your blinds from traditional window covering to automatic blinds. There are different options when it comes to motors with the main types being mechanical, electronic and wireless. 

Mechanical motors are the most basic, while wireless motors are the most advanced. You’ll expect the radio-controlled wireless motors to be the most expensive option. Based on how the motor will be powered, the different kinds of motors are battery-powered motors, plug-and-play, and wired motors.

A battery-powered motor will be cheaper than a wired motor because it does not require electrical wiring. Even after settling on a particular type of motor, there are other things you should consider such as speed, noise, and warranty. Generally, options that are slower, noisier, or have a shorter lifespan will come cheaper than options that are faster, near noise-less, and long-lasting.

3. Size and number of windows

bathroom blindsIt seems like an obvious point but the bigger your windows, and the more windows you need to be fitted, the more your motorized blinds will cost. You can choose to have all your windows motorized or if you feel as though the costs are getting too much, you can just use them on the windows that are most used, or the most inaccessible. 

4. Smart Features

Motorized blinds that include smart technology are more expensive than basic ones. For example, there are motorized blinds that run with specialized applications that allow them to offer more than just remote-controlled open and close. Additional capabilities include programming them to open and close at particular times.

There are motorized blinds that go one better by integrating with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for a more comprehensive smart home. With such systems, you’ll be able to control your blinds with your voice. As you’ll expect, these superior motorized blinds command superior prices. 

5. Installation

Your motorized blinds will cost more if installed by professionals than if you install them yourself. The service fee of the professional will be added to the purchase price of the motorized blinds to raise the overall cost of the system.

There are lots of DIY motorized blinds in the market and for someone with know-how, installing motorized blinds is not rocket science. It can easily be done if clear instructions are provided. However, it may be best to employ the services of a professional whose wealth of experience can help to deliver the work to a higher standard. 

Are motorized blinds worth the cost?

Many people wonder why they should bother investing in motorized blinds when all that using the traditional window blinds requires is getting up to manually adjust them. Considering their costs, are motorized blinds worth it?

Apart from the convenience they offer, they allow you to use blinds optimally when physically reaching the blind is difficult because windows are in hard-to-reach places or because of old age/health issues. Motorized blinds are also kid-safe, energy-saving, and security-enhancing. It all helps to make them great value for money. 

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1. Motorized Blinds offer convenience

The most obvious advantage of motorized blinds is convenience. Unlike the traditional blinds, you do not have to physically reach motorized blinds and manually adjust them.

At the basic level, motorized blinds can be operated with remote control from anywhere in the room. The smarter ones can be programmed to automatically open and close, and some can even be controlled with your voice.

Then there is also the convenience of their use with hard-to-reach windows. Some windows are positioned so high that you may have to climb to manually adjust their blinds. Motorized blinds allow you to use blinds easily in such windows. 

2. Motorized blinds are safe for kids

A window blind cord can pose a significant risk to children. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 9 children aged 5 and younger die every year from strangulation in window blinds, shades, draperies, and other window coverings with cords. Motorized blinds are cordless, making them kid-safe.

3. Motorized blinds are energy saving

The motorized blinds are very helpful in minimizing the amount of energy your HVAC system uses. Using your blinds optimally requires opening them (to let in sunlight) and closing them (to shut off sunlight) at different times depending on the intensity of the sun.

This may be impractical with traditional blinds because of the amount of movement involved. Motorized blinds do a better job of regulating the amount of heat in your home, which can reduce energy costs. 

4. Motorized blinds enhance security 

With the smart options, you can program the blinds to open and close at times when you’ll not be at home. Lookers from the outside will think someone is home. Since burglars usually target empty properties, your motorized blinds reduce your risk of being burgled.

 

Final Thoughts

Motorized blinds offer convenient living and many other advantages. For their cost, they can have many advantages that make them a great investment. While they may seem like a luxury, you’ll soon feel the benefit once they are installed. 

Though there are different factors that affect their costs, you can install motorized blinds on your Toronto window for as little as $140. However, the price can get to as high as $1,000 depending on the factors above. The best idea is to inquire about the cost of the blinds for your property and see if they are right for you. 

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