Conservatory Blinds - Factors to consider
What's best for the conservatory?
Advances in building materials and innovative design leaps mean that conservatories are no longer the sole refuge of hot-house plants. In fact, today conservatories are real living spaces, offices and even art studios.
Fitting conservatory blinds is a prerequisite if you want to avoid the excessive heat and glare brought about by such a quantity of glass. Conservatory blinds also provide a greater degree of privacy and prevent sun damage to your furniture.
Conservatory Blinds - for windows or roof?
Because conservatories come in all shapes and sizes, most companies make blinds to measure. Tailored blinds don’t come cheap and to make matters worse you’ll also have to think about whether you want blinds for the windows and the roof. Many people opt for window blinds and ignore the roof, instead having the glass treated with a transparent film designed to reflect the sun (and heat) outwards. Window blinds can be operated by a side chain or pulley, while roof blinds have the option of remote control.
When shopping for conservatory blinds it’s important to choose materials that are dust and mildew resistant. Not only will this make your life easier in the short run, but it will make your blinds look much better in the long run. Most conservatory blinds are treated to repel UV rays either with aluminum (which can leave unsightly marks over time) or SolarTex thermal coating.
Conservatory blinds are available in a host of different styles, although some are better suited to the job than others. Pleated blinds are arguably the most popular design as they concertina away neatly and reflect up to 83% of the sun’s heat. If you hope to create a more traditional feel; then Roman blinds might be the answer (in either fabric or wood). Roller blinds are the most economic solution, but they look cheap and once you’ve spent thousands on your conservatory; you might as well go the whole hog. Vertical blinds and Venetian blinds both are possibilities, however they are difficult to fit and have an affinity for dust. If you decide to go down this route you should first speak to a professional.