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Hard window treatments - What to consider

Hard window treatments include roller blinds, shutters, sunscreen blinds, venetian blinds, vertical blinds and wooden blinds. They can be used in conjunction with curtains, swags and tails, top treatments and pelmets to create superb window treatments.

Here we outline the types of hard window treatments available, their features and what to consider:

PLEATED BLINDS:  

• Either a single pleat or a honeycomb design.

• Stack into a minimal space, come in a wide range of colours and are available as a block-out of semitransparency.  

• The honeycomb style of blinds is the best type of blind for heat retention – they have an air pocket to trap heat and are therefore energy efficient.

ROLLER BLINDS: 

•  A fabric blind that comes in a wide range of textures, colours, and light elimination qualities.

• Can be controlled by spring operation, chain control or motorisation. 

• Great in contemporary situations on large window with little or no stacking ability and anywhere clean modern lines are required. S


SHUTTERS (WOODEN): 

•  Available in a painted finish. 

• Come with a fixed timber frame. 

• Have either adjustable or fixed horizontal slats.

TIMBER LOOK BLINDS: 

•  Easy to clean and maintain.  

• Great for use in wet areas and will remain stable in higher heat environments e.g. kitchens and bathrooms.

•  These blinds are made from a special thermoplastic alloy resin. •

• They are impervious to moisture and resist cracking, warping and fading.

VENETIAN BLINDS (METAL): 

•  Metal blinds come in 25 mm and 50 mm widths and use either a string or tape for the ladder.

•  They are also available with varying amounts of overlap or perforations to control the amount of light.

VENETIAN BLINDS (WOODEN): 

• Can be painted to suit the interior scheme.

• Come in 25 mm or 50 mm slating and also come with tape or string ladders.

• Not suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms.

These blinds provide good privacy and light control. • Wooden blind – the handsome quality of wood with a clean, contemporary look.

VERTICAL BLINDS:

• Lowest cost window covering available, with minimal stackback when used as an internal treatment.

• Tend to have less insulation and high maintenance.

KEY POINTS: The finishing details often make or break a job. The following points will help you achieve the best end result of a job:

WHAT TYPE OF BLIND?

Back roll (or standard roll) gives better privacy as the fabric is closer to the glass and frame.

Front roll (can be called reverse roll) covers the roller and falls from the front of the roller, and gives a visually better look. It also allows the blind to pass window catches.

Make sure all blades are the same width within the same area.

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