Roller blinds can be used to prevent passersby from seeing inside your home. Whether installed on windows or patio doors, these blinds can be made of bamboo, aluminium, voile or other fabrics.
Roller blinds come in all sorts of different materials.
Voile blinds are generally used to obscure the view of your interior from outside and to diffuse the light. The material used and the density of the fabric determines the role of the blind.
Fabric blinds are ideal for enhancing privacy and blocking UV rays to keep rooms cool, especially in summer. They are also washable making them easy to care for. Some models can even be rinsed in the shower.
Screen roller blinds are made of a PVC-coated fibreglass weave. It's possible to choose different types of weave.
Some models feature an aluminised fabric on one side to reflect the lightback outdoors.
Bamboo blinds stand out for their natural style. These blinds are great for bringing a sense of tranquillity to a room.
Roller blinds can feature different mechanisms.
The most basic system is a spring-tensioned blind. These blinds are operated via a short cord used to open and close the blind.
Some spring-loaded blind systems can be set to stop at a certain height. It is also sometimes possible to adjust the closing speed.
Blinds are usually chain-operated. These blinds are opened and closed using a chain and clutch fitted to the end of a roller tube.
Larger blinds can be fitted with a crank handle or a motor for easy operation.
Roller blinds can be installed in one of several different ways.
They can be fixed directly to the window frame. Some models do not even need to be drilled into place. A track system can be fitted to hold the blind against the window as it opens.
Roller blinds can also be mounted on the wall above the window or on the ceiling. A wall bracket will provide easier access to the blind controls.
Another possibility is to fit the blind to the window casing. In this case, it is best to choose a blind that is about 6 cm narrower than the casing. It is also recommended to leave a space of 7 to 9 cm above the window.
This will help to ensure the blind is both attractive and functional (in terms of privacy, darkness, etc.). Installing a remote-controlled motorised system can also enhance comfort, especially when it comes to large blinds designed for patio doors.